ST, Airbus team up on aircraft electrification

ST, Airbus team up on aircraft electrification

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By Peter Clarke

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Europe’s Airbus SE has agreed an R&D collaboration with STMicroelectronics NV on power semiconductors for aircraft electrification.

The improvement of the power and weight efficiency of power semiconductors is a key enabler of for the aerospace industry’s ambition to transition to hybrid and full-electric systems.

The collaboraton builds on evaluations conducted by both companies into wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors such as silicon-carbide and gallium-nitride. The co-operation will focus on developing SiC and GaN devices, packages and modules adapted to Airbus’ aerospace applications.

No details were provided of the time-scale or amounts of money the two companies would spend on the program. The work will include the development of  electric motor control units, high- and low-voltage power converters, and wireless power transfer systems, the companies said.

“Leveraging their expertise and experience in power electronics for automotive and industrial applications with our own record in aircraft and VTOL electrification will help us accelerate the development of the disruptive technologies required for the ZEROe roadmap and CityAirbus NextGen,” said Sabine Klauke, CTO at Airbus, in a statement.

Jerome Roux, president of sales and marketing at ST, said: “Co-operating with Airbus, a global leader in this industry, gives us the opportunity to define together new power technologies the industry needs to realise its decarbonisation goals.”

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