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Electric motor from Siemens sets new world climb record

Frank Anton (right), who heads eAircraft within the next47 startup unit, congratulates pilot Walter Extra, who broke the world record in ascent on November 25.

Frank Anton (right), who heads eAircraft within the next47 startup unit, congratulates pilot Walter Extra, who broke the world record in ascent on November 25.

The new drive system from Siemens completed its first flight only in June 2016. The handy electric aircraft motor was already a world-record-holder for power-to-weight ratio even then. Weighing just 50 kilograms, it supplies a constant electric output of around 260 kilowatts, or five times as much as comparable drives.
"This is another milestone on the path to the electrification of air travel," says Frank Anton, head of eAircraft in Siemens' venturing unit next47. "This amazing performance was possible only with digital technologies, which enabled us to optimize our drive train to its technical limit." The Extra 330LE, weighing around 1,000 kilograms, is the trial unit for the new drive – as an aerobatic plane it's perfectly suited to taking the components to their limits, and testing and refining them. Following an agreement in April 2016, Siemens and Airbus are cooperating to apply this technology to electric-powered flight. Electric drives are scalable, and Siemens and Airbus intend to develop hybrid electric regional aircraft based on the record-breaking motor. "By 2030, we expect to see the first electric-powered planes carrying up to 100 passengers with a range of around 1,000 kilometers," says Anton. Siemens is determined to establish hybrid-electric propulsion systems for aircraft as a future area of business.

This press information is available at
www.siemens.com/press/inno2016
and additional material regardig electric flying at
www.siemens.com/press/electric-aircraft

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Event: Shaping Digitalization. Innovation at Siemens 2016

Event: Shaping Digitalization. Innovation at Siemens 2016

Event: Shaping Digitalization. Innovation at Siemens 2016

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.
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