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Prometheus: Novel Hybrid Power Technology for Aerospace

Plane Talk Magazine - Northwest Aerospace Alliance

Prometheus: The first of our two projects to launch is a collaboration between EU Eco Technologies, Innovation Works & Systems, Cranfield University and Blackburn College with support from BAE Systems Ltd and United Technologies.

The project aims to develop an innovative power source for aircraft vehicles by converting wasted heat into power, reducing fuel consumption and environmental impact.

The project, which involves students from Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) programmes at Blackburn College, is led by the Managing Director of EU Eco Technologies, Stavros Kindylides.

Stavros explained: “Current energy technologies for aircraft are constrained to batteries, which are expensive and can pose fire risks. Our project aims to replace battery technology, improve the environmental impacts of air travel and create more hybrid -electric aircraft.

To develop this technology, we are using a drone to design, manufacture and assemble thermo-electric generators which will convert wasted heat into electrical power.”

The project is funded by

NATEP (National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme) and also has support from HIVE Business Network.

Stavros added: “By using thermo-electric technology (Prometheus) to replace one of the drone’s jet engines, we can create fuel efficiencies and reduce CO2 emissions. These innovations will in the long-term, impact on the purchase cost of aircraft, the cost of air travel and the impact on the environment.”

Graham Towse, Interim Vice Principal (Curriculum and Quality) at Blackburn College said: “We are delighted to be supporting and hosting such cutting edge research and development at Blackburn College.

It is a very exciting opportunity for Blackburn College to be working in partnership with Stavros, prime aerospace companies such as BAE and a world leading University such as Cranfield.

This project offers fantastic opportunities for our students and staff, and the experiences gained will be unique throughout the sector.”

Nicola Clayton, Director of Business Development and External Engagement at Blackburn College said: “This exciting project offers a fantastic collaboration between education and industry which will provide students with knowledge and experience of cutting edge technologies.

Work on the thermo-electric prototype, fabrication and design will involve students across a number of disciplines, including Engineering, Electrics, Plumbing and Art and Design.”

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