Bell, EPS collaborate on energy storage systems
Bell Helicopter has partnered with Electric Power Systems (EPS) for the development of energy storage systems for Bell’s vertical take-off and landing aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions, the company announced on 5 November.
EPS designs, develops, tests, produces and supports energy storage systems such as batteries, power electronics, thermal management systems and battery management systems. These capabilities will be tapped to provide the energy resource for the hybrid propulsion system for Bell's ODM programme.
Nathan Millecam, CEO of EPS, said: ‘This relationship aligns with our vision as well as Bell’s vision to advance electric aircraft for commercial and military aviation applications.
‘Our energy storage system leverages advanced active battery management technology that enables our battery module to improve life, reduce cost, and meet stringent FAA safety requirements around cell containment in thermal runaway at a very light weight.’
As previously announced, Safran will provide the hybrid propulsion systems, Garmin will integrate the autonomous vehicle management computer systems, and Thales will lead the flight controls system avionics.
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