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SatCon Wins NASA Contract For A Superconducting Motor For Electric Aircraft

Like your Lexus your Gulfstream may soon have a hybrid electic engine to save on the gas bill.
by Staff Writers
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 09, 2006
SatCon Technology Corporation has been awarded a Phase I SBIR contract with NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center for development work on a superconducting machine for future hybrid and all-electric aircraft.

SatCon's Applied Technology division is developing a new technology superconducting machine with the goals of improved efficiency, reduced size, and reduced cost over competing superconducting machinery technologies. SatCon is pursuing a novel design approach that uses modified-Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) cryo-cooler technology and conventional drive technology.

The initial design is targeted as a propulsion motor for unmanned all electric aircraft, but the technology is also suitable for hybrid electric aircraft as a main superconducting generator. Furthermore, this solution can be considered for future marine applications as generators or propulsion motors.

SatCon will collaborate with cryogenics systems experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to de-risk and develop the superconducting propulsion motor. For Phase II, SatCon will seek to collaborate with an aircraft manufacturer to develop a design prototype targeted for a specific aircraft application.

"This award is further evidence of SatCon's commitment to the alternative energy markets and our breadth of technical expertise in advanced power solutions," stated SatCon's President & Chief Operating Officer, Millard Firebaugh.

"Hybrid and all-electric aircraft, represent a path towards reduced dependence on foreign oil imports and a sustainable future for the aerospace industry, and SatCon is developing the enabling electric power conversion technology to lead us there."

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No Change In India Energy Policy
New Delhi (UPI) Feb 08, 2006
India's new business-friendly oil minister, Murli Deora, is unlikely to make any drastic changes to the country's energy policy, Indian energy analysts said Wednesday.

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