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Safran Electrical & Power, an electric aircraft systems provider, has signed a teaming agreement with Cuberg, a subsidiary of the battery manufacturer Northvolt, around industrial, technical and commercial cooperation to jointly develop an aviation energy storage system for future full electric and hybrid aircraft.
Safran Electrical & Power and Cuberg will combine their complementary technologies and expertise to create high performance propulsive energy storage systems available for future generations of aircraft.
Cuberg, a vertically integrated battery provider, will manufacture and supply rechargeable aviation battery systems based on Cuberg’s lithium metal cells, modules, and packs while Safran Electrical & Power will develop a smart energy storage system managing the system design, high voltage protection components, integration, certification and in-service support.
Cuberg battery systems are built on the configurable Cuberg module, which has been internally validated to achieve a specific energy of 280 Wh/kg and energy density of 320 Wh/L. This specific energy is up to 40 percent higher than comparable modules based on lithium-ion technology.
This significant improvement translates to increased flight range which, in turn, enables new use cases for electric and hybrid aviation. Cuberg modules are purpose-built to manage the mechanical, thermal, and electrical integration of next-generation battery cells.