In May, GE Aerospace announced its plan to invest up to $20 million in the Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center (EPISCenter) to support hybrid electric aircraft engine development. The EPISCenter facility improvements will support testing for GE Aerospace’s expansive development of next-generation propulsion technologies in which electrification is key.
“The future of flight is more electric. GE Aerospace has been developing the building blocks for hybrid electric engine technologies for years, combining our world-class propulsion engineering, electrical power generation, and electrical power system management experience. Our new investment in EPISCenter to support hybrid electric engine testing affirms our commitment to the development of game-changing technologies for the aviation industry,” said Mohamed Ali, vice president of engineering for GE Aerospace.
This investment brings the total amount invested in the University of Dayton campus facility to almost $100 million over the past decade, as stated by the company. This will add to the site’s existing research and testing efforts of end-to-end electrical power starter and generation, conversion, distribution, and load technologies for military and civil aviation applications. Construction on the new cell is scheduled to start this summer.
The investment primarily derives from GE’s partnership with NASA, but GE officials made it clear in interviews that this new cell will not be exclusively dedicated to NASA-related work.