Innovate UK funding to accelerate development of electric aircraft awarded to TT Electronics

06 August 2020

electric aircraft charger station with plug and power cable supply on cargo or airplane parking with blue sky background
electric aircraft charger station with plug and power cable supply on cargo or airplane parking with blue sky background

UK Aerospace Research & Technology (UKART) Programme, which represents £3.9bn joint government & industry investment, awards funding to TT & other members of the AEPEC (Aerospace Electric Propulsion Equipment, Controls & machines) project, to foster the nation’s competitive position in civil aerospace.

UK-headquartered global manufacturer of electronic components & provider of manufacturing services, TT Electronics has announced it will receive Innovate UK funding for furthering innovation in the nation’s civil aerospace industry. These funds have been awarded to participants in the Aerospace Electric Propulsion Equipment, Controls & machines (AEPEC) project, led by French multinational aircraft & rocket engine and aerospace & defence component manufacturer, Safran. The project also brings together: additive manufacturing (AM) & 3D printing company, 3T PRD; specialist manufacturer of complex plastic & metal components, MEP; complex carbide tooling specialist, Midland Tool & Design (MTD); and the University of Bristol, as part of the consortium being supported by Innovate UK.

The UK Aerospace Research and Technology (UKART) Programme represents £3.9bn of joint government and industry investment, and is designed to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace. The programme is co-ordinated and managed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Innovate UK, part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

Over the next five years, TT will receive an overall award of £620,157, with the majority funded within the next three years. TT’s Innovate UK grant will be allocated primarily to support and accelerate the development of more electric aircraft, via the company’s increasingly integrated power electronics solutions, designed specifically for deployment in propulsion and control system applications.

Engineering Director at TT Electronics, Julian Thomas notes: “TT is firmly committed to ensuring we play our part in creating and supporting the future of the aerospace & defence industry. This Innovate UK recognition supports our pledge to advance industry progress with more electric aircraft – an initiative that is of critical environmental importance, especially over the next few years.

TT Electronics, being a recognised and competent supplier of electronic power conversion equipment to the aerospace industry, has been selected as part of the consortium to work on the pivotal AEPEC project, which will deliver key technologies for the future of flight,” said Naveed Sheikh, Head of R&T (Research & Technology), Rotating Machines Business Line, SAFRAN Electrical & Power UK Ltd.

About TT Electronics
TT Electronics is a global provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications. With nearly 5,000 staff members operating from 29 key locations around the world, TT designs & manufactures a wide range of electronics for sensing, power management and connectivity for applications in the industrial, medical, aerospace & defence and transportation sectors.

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