Honeywell and DENSO, the world’s second largest mobility supplier, are collaborating to propel the future of urban air mobility and other aerospace market segments by combining their expertise in aerospace and automotive technology to develop hybrid-electric and fully electric powertrains. Both companies have extensive portfolios in applying magnetic technologies in their product development efforts.
“The pressure to mitigate the environmental and economic impact of aviation will only grow in the years ahead as air passenger traffic increases and urbanization continues,” said Bryan Wood, senior director of Honeywell’s hybrid-electric and electric propulsion programs. “Knowing the challenges, we face, we’re working with DENSO to create a new future for aviation propulsion. Aircraft powered by hybrid-electric and electric architectures have incredible benefits; they’re cleaner, quieter, more fuel-efficient, more reliable and easier to maintain.”
The two companies will work together to build concepts and technology demonstrations for the design and development of hybrid-electric and all-electric propulsion systems for aerospace applications.
“Our long-term vision is to contribute to the greater society, and we see urban air mobility as one of the main transportation methods in the future of advanced mobility,” said Kenichiro Ito, executive officer of DENSO and CEO of its North American headquarters. “We believe that collaboration between the automotive and aerospace industries is crucial to achieve high-quality and mass-scale urban air mobility.”
Urban air mobility (UAM) is comprised of air vehicles, such as air taxis, with on-demand availability, and is aimed at providing more efficient movement for people within cities to improve safety and decrease ground traffic. Major advancements in materials, generators and motors are making electric-powered flight possible, practical and affordable.
As a pioneer and global leader of electrification technology in the automotive industry, DENSO has decades of experience in developing and producing world-class electrified propulsion units including traction motors and inverters, at high mass-production volume.
Honeywell has an extensive aviation hardware and software product portfolio, including advanced navigation technologies and fly-by-wire flight controls tailored for the unique needs of UAM aircraft.
Honeywell separately debuted a new hybrid-electric turbogenerator prototype earlier this year. The system combines its rugged, flight-proven HTS900 engine with two compact, 200kw high-power density generators. The system burns conventional or bio-derived jet fuel and can feed motors or high-capacity batteries. It can turn out a total 400 kilowatts, enough to power 40 homes running air conditioning at full blast or multiple fans and rotors on an aircraft.