Equipmake, the UK-based engineering specialising in electrification products in various industries, has announced a significant contract for the next phase of motor development with H55, a leading electric aerospace propulsion company.
Building on their existing partnership, Equipmake will collaborate with H55 on a 100kW fully certified Electric Propulsion System (EPS) for a customer project with BRM AERO. The project involves the development of an electric trainer, the Bristell B23 Energic, a two-seater aircraft. The company will provide lightweight, power-dense, high-performance electric motors based on H55 specifications, while H55 will contribute the certified motor controller.
The agreement signifies a crucial step in the collaboration between Equipmake and H55, following their successful partnership in supplying cutting-edge electric motors for prototype electric aircraft. The certification of the motor is expected to be completed by the end of 2024, paving the way for production to commence in 2025.
Ian Foley, CEO, Equipmake, said, 'This is another validation of our strategy of leveraging our core IP in new markets via collaboration with leading strategic partners.'
The BRM Aero Project, which involves the development of a highly advanced electric two-seater aircraft, is seen as a significant milestone in advancing clean aviation. Equipmake's involvement in the project underscores the company's commitment to pioneering engineering and innovative design in the electric aviation sector.
Equipmake, led by former F1 engineer Ian Foley, is renowned for its expertise in advanced electrification technology, providing bespoke high-performance motors using proprietary rotor design, including Halbach array technology.
H55, a Swiss company, has established itself as a leading enabler of Electric Propulsion Systems (EPS) and battery systems, with a track record in developing, integrating, and flight-testing electric propulsion systems, including Solar Impulse, the first solar-powered electric airplane to circumnavigate the globe.
The collaboration between Equipmake and H55 signifies a significant stride in advancing electric propulsion systems in the aerospace industry, contributing to cleaner and more sustainable aviation solutions.