Swiss-based battery maker H55 announced this week, it has gained support from the Canada Economic Development (CED) for Quebec Regions in the development of its Canadian subsidiary, reports a press release.
This assistance will develop H55’s global expansion, “positioning the company to meet the increasing demand for its clean aviation applications in the North American market,” says the release. H55’s presence in Canada will include customer technology development, manufacturing and customer support.
H55s Battery Module (credit: H55)
The company’s subsidiary is located in the greater Montreal area, and will serve and work alongside its existing customer base including Pratt & Whitney Canada and Harbour Air. A manufacturing facility is in the process of being secured, with the first battery packs production beginning next year.
The release continues, “H55s strengths lie in developing propulsion and energy solutions which are modular, lightweight and certifiable. The team has a proven ability in developing, producing, integrating, and flight-testing electric propulsion systems, including Solar Impulse, the first solar-powered electric airplane to fly around the world.”
H55’s aims is to develop electric propulsion solutions to enable the aviation industry to reach net zero CO2 by 2050. Initially, the aim is to promote the development and adoption of clean mobility. The program is intended to help the Canadian aerospace sector emerge from the pandemic with the capacity to compete on the global stage, with three specific objectives:-
: To facilitate environmentally sustainable practices.
: To improve productivity.
: To strengthen commercialisation while furthering integration into regional and global supply chains.
Pratt & Whitney Raytheon Partnership (credit: Raytheon Technologies)
André Borschberg, H55’s co-Founder and Executive Chairman commented, “Being present in Canada is a first step in building out our North America presence. There is a strategic fit with the country given its commitment to sustainable aviation. CED’s commitment in supporting H55 shows a shared vision in making air transportation quiet, clean, and affordable.”
Pascale St-Onge, Member of Parliament for Brome–Missisquoi and Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for CED, added, “The government is making strategic investments in clean technologies, a priority in our economic recovery plan by leveraging innovative projects such as this one, to boost the development and adoption of sustainable propulsion in the aeronautics sector.”
H55 has been active in Canada for two years working with such companies as Pratt & Whitney (P&WC) who selected the battery maker in 2022 to provide power systems for the company’s regional hybrid-electric flight demonstrator. This was followed by an investment by RTX Ventures, the venture capital arm of Raytheon Technologies, the parent company of P&WC.
H55 also announced in 2021 a partnership with Harbour Air, North America’s largest seaplane operator, to produce highly efficient battery packs for the first electric Beaver (eBeaver) commuter airplane through a supplemental type certificate (STC) program.
Meanwhile, H55 is committed to providing CAE with the energy storage and management system for its Piper Archer electric aircraft modification program. H55 is designing and manufacturing the aircraft battery system to support CAE’s effort to produce a Piper Archer conversion kit, to be commercially available to other operators.
CAE Partnership (Gregory Blatt, H55 Co-Founder, Chief of Sales, Marketing and Business Development — far right)
H55 has more than 20 years of experience, and has built and flown 4 electric planes, breaking 14 world records in distance, altitude and duration. The company is the first and only one with a certified design and production organisation (EASA/FOCA). H55’s modular system has proven itself in real flight conditions and is now being integrated in different types of aircraft configurations.
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