Safran has been developing a revolutionary battery technology called GENeUSPACK for all-electric and hybrid aircraft. These batteries integrate the best available cells on the market with thermal, mechanical, and electronic management systems. The acquisition of Zodiac Aerospace’s battery activities has enabled Safran to delve further into the development of propulsion batteries.
The main challenge in battery development lies in achieving high cell performance while ensuring safety. Safran’s expertise lies in battery packaging, protections, integration, and certification. They provide all these elements to aircraft manufacturers to create a comprehensive battery certification package.
Safran’s GENeUSPACK batteries are designed to power aircraft in both all-electric and hybrid modes. With lithium-ion technology, these batteries can last the entire flight, making them environmentally friendly and easier to maintain. Safran aims to reach a technology readiness level (TRL) of five for starter batteries by 2024-2025, and the same level for propulsion batteries soon after.
Bruno Bellanger, Vice President & General Manager of the Power Division at Safran Electrical & Power, highlights the importance of batteries as a growth driver for the company. They are also focusing on power delivery as the batteries age and building a complete ecosystem, from creation to recycling.
With Safran’s innovative GENeUSPACK batteries, the aviation industry can meet the challenge of future all-electric and hybrid aircraft. These batteries offer high performance, enhanced safety, and a sustainable solution for long-duration flights.
– Safran Electrical & Power
– Electronic News Publishing