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Dovetail selects Siemens Xcelerator to design zero emission retrofits for commercial aircraft

Dovetail Electric Aviation (Dovetail) has selected the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of software to design zero emission, battery and hydrogen-electric propulsion systems for commercial aircraft. The propulsion systems will be retrofitted into legacy airplanes used by regional airlines and leisure and cargo flights, helping them reduce operating costs by up to 40%, while truly decarbonising air transport, says the company is a press release.

“Headquartered in Australia and with operations in Spain, Dovetail is currently the only company worldwide converting Cessna 208s into zero emission battery electric, and the only company designing a hydrogen-electric retrofit for the Beechcraft King Air, the most successful aircraft in its category. Dovetail recently signed Scandinavian Seaplanes as a customer and counts Regional Express (Australia), Victorian Government (Australia), Air Nostrum (Iberia’s Regional airline, Spain) and Volotea (Spain) amongst its investors or financial supporters.

“Siemens’ NX™ X software for cloud enabled computer-aided design (CAD) will help Dovetail develop the propulsion systems and engines, creating seamless collaborative workflows between teams based in Spain and Australia. Dovetail will benefit from turning digital twin design concepts and iterations into prototypes more quickly, thereby saving time in design Siemens’ NX™ X software for cloud enabled computer-aided design (CAD) will help Dovetail develop the propulsion systems and engines, creating seamless collaborative workflows between teams based in Spain and Australia.

“Whilst a lot has changed in the world of aviation, the fundamental structure of an aircraft hasn’t changed much. Therefore, it makes perfect business and sustainability sense to retrofit capable aircraft with new generation, zero emissions drivetrains that take a significant step towards cleaner air travel. This helps us collectively achieve net zero and saves costs. As we’ve grown, we’ve realized the need to invest in software that helps us create digital twins of the propulsion systems we design, is easily accessible worldwide and increases collaboration between our design teams in Australia and Spain. Siemens’ software is at the heart of our ability to deliver zero emissions air travel, whilst enabling aircraft operators to reduce operating costs by up to 40%,” said David Doral, CEO of Dovetail Electric Aviation.

In addition to bringing to market a battery electric propulsion concept, Dovetail is also developing a hydrogen-electric version, including a fuel cell and a hydrogen storage system.

For more information

https://www.siemens.com/au/en/company/press-centre/2024/dovetail-electric-aviation.html?linkId=300000012087587

 

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