Supercapacitors will power the next generation of air transport in remote areas of France and China following a deal between two European firms.
German headquartered ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies is set to supply its graphene-based technology for use in French firm Flying Whales’ 60-ton Large Capacity Airship.
The supercapacitor will supply an additional 2MW power to the airship’s 1.5MW hybrid electric propulsion systems when hovering, lifting and stabilization is needed.
Skeleton Technologies CEO and co-founder Taavi Madiberk said: “Our ultracapacitor technology driving the airships’ electric power systems will ensure maneuverability and control, such as vertical takeoff and landing ability, which will be vital for heavy-lift industrial applications.”
“The large capacity airship programme is initially focused on addressing the specific industrial requirements for the timber industry in France, but it also has the potential to connect landlocked regions across the world to the global economy.”
The airship, named LCA60T, will transport heavy and oversized cargo of up to 60 tons either in its 75m-long hold or underslung, at speeds of 100 km/h, with a range of several thousand kilometers per day.
The programme is part of the French Government’s “Nouvelle France Industrielle” plans for future transport.