High Temperature Superconductivity for Electric Aircraft


Jul 23rd 2020 - Jul 23rd 2020

Virtual Conference, United Kingdom

Updated 20 July 2020

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A half day, online event focussed on the application of superconductivity to electic aircraft propulsion. The event will consist of several in depth talks, a panel discussion, and social / networking time after the formal part has ended.

In order to reduce the environmental impacts of air travel, Flightpath 2050 aims to reduce CO2 by 75%, NOx by 90% and noise by 65% relative to 2000 baseline. Superconductivity will play an important role in the future electric aircraft due to its high power density and high efficiency, in particular the recent development of high temperature superconductor materials. This online seminar encompasses developments in engineering design and modelling associated with superconductivity in electric aircraft.

At the whole electric aircraft system level, Airbus is leading the future programme of aircraft electrification over next few decades. University of Newcastle has identified key technologies for electric and hybrid aircraft. At the superconducting machine device level, the advanced superconducting motor experimental demonstrator (ASuMED), funded by the European Union, is developing a new fully superconducting motor with high power density and high efficiency. Rolls Royce has evaluated the superconducting and cryogenic cooled components using holistic system approach and investigated concept of a high power density generators that could be coupled directly to a gas turbine.



We wil be using an online videoconferencing platform to deliver the seminar. To access the event you will need a good internet connection and a decent computer with audio; to get the most from the event you will need a webcam.


We’ve chosen hopin because it offers an intuitive online conference experience. As well as the talks on the Stage, at any time you can

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Superconducting Power Systems for Future Aircraft
by Peter Malkin of Centre for Advanced Electrical Drives, Newcastle University

Much attention has understandably been given to superconducting electrical machines as a way of improving power densities. However, a very significant percentage of the weight of an electrical system lies beyond the machines in the network and power electronics. It is important to understand how both power densities and efficiencies can be improved by moving to superconducting techniques. The talk outlines the need for this and the potential advantages as well as the need for new network design techniques and approaches.

Cryogenic Electric Propulsion System for Short Range Aircraft
by Martin Boll of Rolls-Royce

Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator
by Ludovic Ybanez of Airbus UpNext

The aeronautics industry is anticipating deep changes and new challenges in the near future. While it is expected that the air traffic will continue to grow in the next decades, new regulations will require a challenging reduction of CO2 and NOx emission as a result of ecological and sustainable development obligations. For urban mobility and regional aircraft, ambitious projects have been launched to demonstrate the feasibility, and to accelerate the development, of full electric or hybrid electric propulsion systems with “conventional” technologies. However, for single aisle and long-range applications, the challenge is even greater and current electric technologies are likely to be uncompetitive because of the combination of kerosene and turbofan performances. This couple is highly efficient for longer range needs where the propulsive power is several tens of megawatts and a large amount of energy must be carried.. To enable electric flight one of the key technologies will be an ultra-efficient electric propulsion system. High temperature superconductivity (HTS) and cryogenic seem to be one of the options to significantly increase the performance of electric propulsion systems. The objective of the ASCEND demonstrator is to evaluate potential and feasibility of these technologies for aeronautical applications.

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The Advanced Superconducting Motor Experimental Demonstrator project
by Francesco Grilli of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The European Union-funded Advanced Superconducting Motor Experimental Demonstrator (ASuMED) project started in May 2017 with the purpose of demonstrating the benefits of a new, fully superconducting motor for reaching the targets established by the Flightpath 2050 plan. The project aims at a motor power density of 20 kW/kg using a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) stator. The rotor will use HTS stacks operating like permanent magnets. A highly efficient cryostat for the motor combined with an integrated cryogenic cooling system and associated power converter will be used. This contribution provides a general overview of the prototype that is currently being assembled and that will be tested soon.


TimeSession TitleSession Host
13:30Conference Opens
13:50WelcomeShirley Pei, Bath University
14:00Aircraft electrification roadmap (TBC)Ludovico Ybanez, Airbus UpNext
14:30Superconducting Power Systems for Future Aircraft Peter Malkin, Newcastle University
15:15Cryogenic Electric Propulsion System for Short Range AircraftMartin Boll, Rolls-Royce
15:45The Advanced Superconducting Motor Experimental Demonstrator projectFrancesco Grilli, KIT
16:30Panel Discussion;Shirley Pei, Martin Boll, Peter Malkin, Ludovico Ybanez, Francesco Grilli
17:00Close; Social and Networking opportunities


Type Standard Fee Group Discount
(3+ delegates)
Member £39.00 N/A
Non-Member £79.00 N/A
Member Student £19.00 N/A
Non-Member Student £49.00 N/A
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