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Honeywell, Denso sign long-term development agreement for UAM electric propulsion systems

By Chris Stonor

 Honeywell, a leading aerospace company has signed a long-term development agreement with Denso to develop, test and fly electric propulsion systems for its Urban Air mobility (UAM) sector, reports a company press release.

Drawing from their automotive and aerospace backgrounds, the companies are to develop and manufacture such systems for aircraft, initially prioritising the UAM sector with a focus on air taxis and delivery vehicles.

The release says, “Honeywell and Denso are in advanced discussions with current and prospective customers and intend to deliver flight test configurations of the electric propulsion systems within the next year.”

It goes on, “This focus on electrified power sources will not only help the companies fulfill UAM’s promise of providing cleaner, safer, more efficient, quieter and freer-moving transportation in and between cities, but also strengthen each company’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.”

Jiro Ebihara, a senior executive officer and head of the Electrification Systems Business Group at Denso, commented,  “Mobility needs are changing, and this collaboration represents how Denso is evolving to meet them.”

He continued, “While we have committed to achieve a carbon-neutral society, we still need to reduce traffic and offer eco-friendly movement in population-dense areas. Working with Honeywell will help address both these issues and furthers our goal of creating mobility that is green and offers peace of mind.”

The deal follows the companies’ initial teaming agreement in 2019. While, Denso’s capability to produce “quality components at mass scale” paired with Honeywell’s “aerospace expertise” make for an alliance “ready to take UAM to new heights” the partnership’s electric propulsion systems “will integrate seamlessly with Honeywell’s fly-by-wire, avionics and actuation systems, extracting the most thrust and lift from every watt of electricity.”

Dave Marinick, president, Engines & Power Systems, Honeywell Aerospace, commented, “Honeywell technologies have helped power human flight for more than 100 years, and as electric propulsion for aircraft takes shape, Honeywell will be at the forefront with partners like Denso.”

He continued, “Denso’s leadership in automotive technology combined with our experience in Aerospace will help bring about cleaner and smarter ways for people to move throughout the world.”

Honeywell is one of “the world’s leading makers of electronics, engines and mechanical systems for aircraft. Its systems fly on virtually every airliner in the sky, along with thousands of business jets and light aircraft.” Denso, meanwhile, develops “advanced technology and components for nearly every make and model of road vehicle in existence today.”

The alliance with Honeywell enhances Denso’s Second Founding, the company’s strategy “to provide value beyond a vehicle-centric focus and produce the core technologies for future mobility.” It also bolsters Denso’s two primary causes:

Green — acting environmentally friendly.

Peace of Mind — creating a safer and more seamless world for all.

The two companies will work together to seek clients “who can help transform how the world moves and make transportation safer, more sustainable and efficient.”

Footnote

 Denso is a USD44.6 billion valued global mobility supplier with over 168,000 employees and has offices all over the world from Japan and the U.S to Canada and Mexico.

For more information

 www.honeywell.com

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