U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E Announces New Funding Opportunity for Aviation Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E announced up to $55 million in funding for two programs to support the development of low-cost electric aviation engine technology and powertrain systems.

The Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) and Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) programs seek to develop commercial-class electric aviation energy technology solutions with the goal of mitigating the emissions caused by passenger aircraft.

ASCEND projects will support the development of lightweight and ultra-efficient integrated electric motors, drives, and thermal management systems to facilitate net-zero carbon emissions. The REEACH program will develop a system for the conversion of chemical energy contained in energy dense Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels to electric power for aircraft propulsion. Both programs will develop technology for use in narrow-body passenger aircraft.

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