LED - Long Endurance Demonstrator
The project goals are to design, integrate and test an aerospace power system as source of on-board electric energy. This system will supply electric energy to aircraft electrical loads and in particular to an electric motor (coupled with a thermal engine in a hybrid configuration). LED will be designed adopting the last generation of electrochemical systems, such as fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, etc.
The reference aircraft belongs to GA class, with thermal (piston) engine of the 200 kW class and an electric motor of the order of 25kW. The energy requirement for LED is of 150 kWh
Attività nel progetto CIRA
The LED project started in March 2008 and in its original formulation aimed at the design of a system for energy storage and supply tailored for a LVR-HALE aircraft, whose high-level requirements, defined in the feasibility study, were:
Payload Mass [kg]
Payload Power [kW]
Over the years, project main goals have been changed, nevertheless on the basis of the interactions with the stakeholders, CIRA proceeds in the technological development of power systems in aerospace, adopting fuel cells and last-generation batteries.
LED is a CIRA internal project funded by PRO.R.A. (Aerospace Research National Program)
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Monday, September 26, 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Propulsion, Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Impact of Air Transport, Safety and Security, Structures and Materials, Aeronautics - Technology Integration and Flight Demostrators
This project aims at the realization of a primary and secondary power system based on electrochemical modules, suitable for aerospace applications.