Bjorn’s Corner: Electric aircraft, Part 9

August 25, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: We finished the weight sizing of the hybrid propulsion system for our 50-seat regional turboprop in the last Corner. Now we go a bit more into detail. There are additional parts needed in… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Electric aircraft, Part 8

August 18, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In this Corner, we will finish the design of the hybrid propulsion system for our 50-seat regional turboprop. We use the ATR42-600 as a reference, as before (Figure 1). We found an acceptable… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Electric aircraft, Part 7

August 11, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In this Corner, we will design the hybrid propulsion system for our 50-seat regional turboprop. We could see in previous Corners that we can’t use batteries as a backup for our gas turbine… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Electric aircraft, Part 6

August 03, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In our search for an electric regional aircraft configuration, we found that a jet aircraft requires too high power levels. The higher speeds of a jet aircraft take the power levels beyond what… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Electric aircraft, Part 5

July 28, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In the last Corner, we looked at the mass of the propulsion components for a regional airliner. Now we complete the mass estimations for the complete hybrid electric system. We do that for… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Electric aircraft, Part 4

July 21, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In this Corner, we will start looking at the mass of the different components in a hybrid electric propulsion system compared with a classical turbofan propulsion. Our propulsion project is for a regional… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Electric aircraft, Part 3

July 14, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In the last Corner, we developed a hybrid aircraft propulsion system and looked at system efficiencies. Today, we look a bit deeper at how hybrid propulsion can be implemented on an aircraft. What… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Electric aircraft, Part 2

July 07, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: In last Corner we could see that battery driven electric aircraft will be for the extreme short-haul. The stored energy per kg battery is 70 times lower than for fuel. In addition the… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Electric aircraft, Part 1

June 30, 2017, ©. Leeham Co: One of the areas I explored while at Paris Air Show last week was electric aircraft technology. With electric aircraft, we mean an aircraft where the propeller/fan is driven my an electrical motor…. Read More

Pontifications: Bringing some reality on electric airplanes

Nov. 15, 2021, © Leeham News: The momentum and press about electric airplanes is spinning out of control. Earlier this month, there was an article from one of the most respected news organizations by a reporter who apparently… Read More