Institute for Aerospace Technology

IDEN Project

IDEN Innovative Distributed Electrical Network

With the advent of high fuel prices, the global warming problem and high operating costs there has been a marked trend within the aerospace industry to move towards cleaner, more efficient and lower maintenance aircraft design. One of the prime movers in this arena is the substantial electrification of the aircraft to replace hydraulic or pneumatic functions with electrical ones, as in the concepts of the More Electric Aircraft (MEA) and of the All Electric Aircraft (AEA). This is particularly applicable to the replacement of the complex aircraft hydraulic actuator systems with electrical actuators, thereby significantly reducing weight, maintenance costs, fuel consumption, environmental footprint (CO2, NOx, particulates) and running costs. In addition, the replacement of the pneumatic engine bleed systems permits more efficient engine operation and therefore additional fuel saving.

With the replacement of the hydraulic and pneumatic systems with electrical actuators and systems, the overall aircraft electrical power requirements rise substantially requiring new approaches to safe and intelligent aircraft power distribution.

The prime objective of the Innovative Distributed Electrical Network project (IDEN) is the design, development, manufacture, validation and integration of an innovative solid-state based Primary and Secondary Electrical Distribution Network for Regional A/C equipped with enhanced electrical energy management functionalities. The project objectives include commissioning and support for the demonstration of the system and components at the Regional Innovative Aircraft Development Platform Iron Bird.

Another key objective is safe and reliable distribution and protection of the electrical generation system and user equipment; with a focus on smart load management (E2-EM), system efficiency, weight reduction, improvement of modularity and reduction of the maintenance costs.

The IDEN stakeholders are Blu Electronic, the University of Nottingham, Ceit-IK4 and Tecnalia.

For more information about the IDEN project please contact:

Antonio Lamantia
Project Lead (Blu Electronic)

Professor Alberto Castellazzi
University of Nottingham Lead








This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 821328.
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