Elwing Europe Expanding Technology to Advanced Electric Propulsion Technologies for Aircraft
12 March 2014 — Princeton (NJ) / Luxembourg – The Elwing Company, through its European affiliate Elwing Europe, has announced a formal agreement to further develop breakthrough technology for commercial aviation propulsion.
Xavier Morin, a Luxembourgish physicist and entrepreneur, developed the Thermal Ohmic Reaction Engine (ThOR engine), which proposes to remove entirely all carbon-based fuel used by commercial aircraft — representing a revolution in aviation. Using electric power from advanced plasma processes instead of jet fuel, it would produce heat at the heart of turbofan engine. An ingenious technological arrangement, it would require only minor changes to current airframes and their operation, realizing a fuel cost reduction by as much as 30%. Most of the technologies required, except the new combustion engine themselves, have already been successfully demonstrated in laboratory testing.
The Elwing Company has established itself as an industry leader in the development of innovative satellite propulsion technology. Elwing has been successful in gathering financial support from private investors to further its work in pioneering breakthrough electrodeless propulsion technology, and testing it comprehensively at multiple facilities in the U.S. and Europe, earning more than 30 patents in the process. Variants of this breakthrough technology are currently being considered by several major satellite manufacturers for their future “all-electric” platforms.
“Words cannot adequately express how excited we are to contribute our competence to this joint venture and the prospect of a carbon-free airline industry,” said Gregory Emsellem, CEO of The Elwing Company. “The opportunity to apply our experience of rapid development of advanced propulsion technologies, along with our knowledge of plasma technologies, to quickly raise its technology readiness level is truly great. We have been impressed by the thoroughness of Mr. Morin’s preliminary studies, by his personal energy and his proposal’s selection in the EDF Pulse electric technology game changer competition, and we are similarly impressed by his MIT TR 35 – award for young innovators under 35.”
As part of this agreement Mr. Morin will join Elwing to accelerate the development of its technology and build a prototype. “I am very honored to join the Elwing Company, a well-distinguished innovator in the field of plasma technology, with a brilliant history of raising private capital to support and accelerate the development of breakthrough industrial technology. I am certain that their mastery of plasma technology, along with their extensive network within the aerospace industry on both sides of the Atlantic, will substantially increase our chance to rapidly and effectively bring this all-electric propulsion technology for airliners to market.”
Elwing is intent on being leaders in Electric Propulsion 2.0, the next generation in spacecraft propulsion, opening the way for faster electric orbit-raising, leveraging exclusive, patented technological breakthroughs.
The Elwing Company conceives, designs, develops, manufactures and markets advanced propulsion systems for satellites. Established in 2002, The Elwing Company is privately held and has offices, affiliates and subsidiaries in the U.S. and in Europe. Elwing has been granted more than 25 patents on its breakthrough technology, including U.S. patent US 7’461’501 and European patent EP 1’460’267.
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For more information, please contact:
Pierre Devos, EVP & COO
Gregory Emsellem, CEO