Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) has commenced work on the development of green energy solutions for use in future electric-powered aircraft.

The company is set to complete the conceptual design phase of the solutions as part of the effort.

When developed, the solutions are expected to offer environmental benefits as well as longer ranges and endurance with fuel cost savings.

Currently, electrical solutions are mainly used to power very light aircraft. However, IAI estimates that as the technology continues to advance, the electric propulsion market will expand to include short-range passenger planes and other configurations.

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“Annual demand for electrically powered aircraft is predicted to grow by hundreds over the next ten years, including various sizes and mission profiles.”

Annual demand for electrically powered aircraft is predicted to grow by hundreds over the next ten years, including various sizes and mission profiles.

IAI Engineering and Development Group vice-president Moshe Medina said: “The aviation world is about to enter a new era of electric propulsion. The significant improvement of electrical power sources for the cellular communication and electric cars may prove to have a positive effect on the reliability and efficiency of the electrical power system.

“These, in turn, can make the electric aircraft ‘the next big trend’ in the world of aviation. Electric airplanes are greener, quieter, reliable and more economical.”

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IAI has experience in the development of electric power systems for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Over the last few years, the company has been making huge investments in the research and development of electric power systems, including engines, batteries, and energy sources.

IAI is also considering potential collaborations with startup companies to collaborate in the development of electrically powered aircraft.