Interviews

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Philippe NOVELLI, Project Coordinator
Program Director - Aeronautic Propulsion & Environment at ONERA - The French Aerospace Lab

With a view to the very high ambitions of the aviation sector in terms of CO2 emissions reductions, the IMOTHEP project represents a major step in assessing the actual potential of hybrid electric propulsion, a dramatically disruptive technology for aviation. Applied to commercial aircraft, this implies embarking on board aircraft unprecedented electric powers, even beyond those currently used on high speed trains. This is an incredible challenge, which goes with completely revisiting aircraft’s and propulsion system’s architectures. A powerful multidisciplinary consortium has been assembled in IMOTHEP to address these challenges with major industry partners and research organisations. Both regional and short medium range aircraft will be investigated to provide a complete view of hybrid electric potential and range of application. By also outreaching to our sister-projects, the ultimate goal is to develop the sector-wide European technology roadmap for hybrid electric propulsion development. This is an exciting collective endeavour for the next four years and for building a more environmentally friendly aviation.

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Hugues FELIX, Project Officer
INEA – European Commission

Aviation is inherently and increasingly growing international. Aviation has a global impact on the atmosphere, and vice-versa. Aviation emissions in the atmosphere are increasing.  At the Paris climate conference (COP21), countries agreed to limit climate change to well below 2°C. Without considerable contributions from the aviation sector to global mitigation efforts, this goal cannot be achieved. A considerable contribution from the aviation sector to global mitigation efforts is mandatory. Regarding aircraft technologies, it is necessary to develop future aviation propulsion and integration technologies with emphasis on hybrid-electric and full-electric propulsion. There is also a need for establishing a common roadmap and prioritizing the key enabling technologies for the hybrid/electric configurations, including energy storage (batteries), for the aviation sector. IMOTHEP will achieve a key step in assessing the potential offered by hybrid electric propulsion (HEP) and, ultimately, build the corresponding aviation sector-wide roadmap for the maturation of the technology. This is quite an ambitious project, with some hard work to be done, but I trust the involvement and complementarity of the members of the consortium to turn IMOTHEP into a great success.