SAEL - Solutions for Aerospace Electrification Leadership
SAEL Cambridge workshop attendees
The Solutions for Aircraft Electrification Leadership (SAEL) initiative and workshop series was launched in July 2019 and was founded in a collaboration effort from international partners from the aerospace industry that include the University of Nottingham, 328 Support Services GmbH, Crane Aerospace & Electronics and the University of Cambridge.
The vision of SAEL is to bring together world-leading experts from the aerospace sector to lead the shift from conventional to sustainable aviation through aircraft electrification solutions by:
- Identifying and addressing the big challenges facing aircraft electrification
- Paving the way for a smoother integration of new technology in aviation
- Helping bring the future of sustainable aviation even closer.
The objectives of SAEL
- Collaboration - Develop and improve the mechanisms of communication and collaboration between all stakeholders for a better and more sustainable aviation future
- Roadmap - Define the main challenges in aircraft electrification and create a roadmap for a system approach with targets based on what is achievable in the near future, middle future and far future
- Technology solutions - To identify key technology requirements to support sustainable aviation in particular at the large aircraft platform level
- Regulations - Identify the industry standards, regulations, certification that need to change for aircraft electrification
- Emissions - Enable zero fossil fuel consumption aircraft and pollution/noise free airports
- Workshop 1 – University of Nottingham on the 03-04 July 2019 with 26 delegates
- Workshop 2 – University of Cambridge on the 25-26 February 2020 with 29 delegates.
The key workshop outcomes
- Identified the key focus areas for aircraft electrification - Electrical machines, Power distribution, Energy storage, Power conversion, Thermal management and system integration, Airframers, Regulatory bodies, Environment
- Identified the major challenges in each focus area
- Established the criticality (importance and urgency) of the main challenges.
Climate Exp0 conference
SAEL had a poster and video on demand presentation at the COP26 Universities Network Climate Exp0 virtual conference, which ran between the 17-21 May 2021, under the Green Recovery theme. You may access the documents here.
SAEL workshops 3 series
We are currently running SAEL workshop 3 series. The aim of the workshops is to identify the potential technology solutions to the critical challenges for aircraft electrification.
The sessions are as follows (all held at 2:30 - 4:30pm GMT, 3:30 - 5:30pm BST, on Microsoft Teams):
- 'Airframers & environment', lead by Oliver Piecyk, 27 April 2021
- 'Energy storage', lead by Robert Hess, 25 May 2021
- 'Electrical machines', lead by Chris Gerada, 08 June 2021
- 'Power distribution', lead by Serhiy Bozhko, 22 June 2021
- 'Thermal management/system distribution', lead by Marcello Kivel Mazuy, 06 July 2021
- 'Industry standards, regulations and certification', lead by Jon Fifield, 20 July 2021
- 'Power electronics, lead by Rodney Mack, 03 August 2021
Please email the organisers (details below) to receive a link to attend the workshops.
Future workshops objectives
- To bring together and create expert teams for each focus area
- Determine the enabling technology requirements and approaches, and their TRLs for the major challenges
- To create joint international R&D projects for the required enabling technologies identified for the critical challenges
- Translate best in class R&D solutions into the SAEL case scenario to fly a large hybrid electric passenger aircraft
Read our Climate Exp0 blog post
University of Nottingham
328 Support Services GmbH
Crane Aerospace & Electronics
University of Cambridge