Ampaire Tests 100% SAF Produced from Electricity and CO2 in Hybrid Electric Propulsion Aircraft

Feb. 26, 2024
When combined with the SAF, Ampaire’s propulsion system performs with nearly double the efficiency, and emissions are decreased to near zero

Ampaire Inc., a hybrid electric aircraft systems developer, has completed its first ground test utilizing 100% ASTM D7566 Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) produced from electricity and CO2 by Dimensional Energy.

Ampaire conducted in-depth ground testing using its Eco Caravan hybrid electric aircraft and its hybrid electric propulsion system to validate the performance and viability of Dimensional Energy’s pure e-fuel SAF. Ampaire reported that the results exceeded their expectations and demonstrated a significant increase in efficiency compared to traditional aviation fuels.

By itself, Ampaire’s AMP-H570 AMP Drive hybrid electric propulsion units can achieve a 50% to 70% reduction in fuel and emissions compared to conventional turboprop engines.

When combined with SAF fuels, the efficiency is more than doubled, and emissions are decreased to near zero.

“The successful ground test using pure SAF from Dimensional Energy marks a pivotal moment in our journey towards sustainable aviation. By showcasing the efficiency gains achievable through hybrid electric propulsion, we are driving the future of eco-friendly air travel,” said Kevin Noertker, CEO of Ampaire.

SAF derived from renewable sources is emerging as a key solution to reducing the aviation industry’s carbon footprint. Dimensional Energy and Ampaire believe that scaling hybrid electric technology and SAF for aviation creates an additional opportunity to address the quality and cost concerns associated with SAF and paves the way for broader use in aviation.