The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it has awarded $100 million to fund eight clean energy technology projects, including Ampaire’s hybrid electric propulsion technologies for aircraft.
The eight technologies support President Biden’s goals of reducing water emissions through the deployment of clean energy, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting the nation’s position as a world leader in research and innovation.
“Meeting the President’s goals of reducing greenhouse gases by 50 percent by 2030 and reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 will require accelerating private sector investment in all clean sectors and transportation,” US Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said online. report. “These projects will promote the commercialization of promising technologies so they are available for widespread deployment across the country to support our access to a clean energy future.”
Ampaire Inc., based in Hawthorne, California, will receive $9 million that will be used to commercialize the technology for electric propulsion in aircraft. The planned development and testing process will include tests consistent with FAA certification requirements.
Experts estimate that electrification can save more than 50 percent in fuel and emissions, and 25 percent in operating costs.
The project will be funded and managed through the Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies through Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program.
Ampaire recently marked the first successful electric flight of the Cessna Caravan. The company said it expects the Eco Caravan to receive FAA certification in 2024, claiming it could be the first electric plane to enter commercial service.