27 Feb '16, 2pm
Pipistrel Tests Hybrid HYPSTAIR aircraft engine
PHOTO CAPTION: Hypstair series hybrid airplane engine Tweet Pipistrel Tests Hybrid HYPSTAIR Billed as the most powerful hybrid airplane engine built to date, Pipistrel tests the 200kW Hypstair series hybrid power plant. Published: 23-Feb-2016 Until battery technology reaches the energy density potential of petroleum, a practical, long-range electric airplane will remain elusive. For aircraft designers today the next best thing is a series hybrid powerplant that mates an electric motor with an internal combustion engine-driven generator. That's why the Seimens-developed HYPSTAIR hybrid powerplant is significant in the pursuit of reduced fuel consumption, improved reliability, and greener flight. The concept of a series hybrid drive has been around for more than a century. Diesel electric drives have propelled locomotives, submarines, and marine vessels for decades. Ferdinan...