Amit Kumar Gupta
Head of Rolls-Royce Electrical at Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd.,
Director of the Electrical Programme at Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate lab, and
Rolls-Royce Director for the Electrical Power System Integration Lab @ NTU (EPSIL@N)
Topic: “Electrical Power and Propulsion”
Abstract: At Rolls-Royce we are set on leading the transition to net zero by 2050 and a key part of our strategy is developing third generation technologies, and this is where our electrical business comes in. Rolls-Royce Electrical is aiming to become the leading supplier for all-electric and hybrid-electric systems for the Advanced Air Mobility market.
In 2021 alone we have proven our technology through demonstrator programmes such as the Spirit of Innovation, the world fastest all-electric aircraft. We also worked alongside airframer Tecnam and manufacturer Rotax, to complete the flight-testing of a hybrid-electric aircraft and we provided the propulsion system to Airbus for the world’s heaviest Urban Air Mobility demonstrator. These are three demonstrations of incredible technical achievements, but crucially also provided important data and capabilities that we will be applying to products that will be powering aircraft in the near future.
We are now actively working with customers and partners, in the Urban Air Mobility market, our electric propulsion unit has been selected by Vertical Aerospace for their all-electric VX4 aircraft and have also been selected as the propulsion system design partner by EVE, an urban air mobility spin-out from Embraer. In the commuter market, we are working with Wideroe, the Norwegian airline, which will be the launch customer for the P-Volt, an all-electric powered 9-seat fixed wing Tecnam aircraft. We have also announced a partnership with the Hyundai Motor Group as we work together to deliver battery-electric and fuel cell electric solutions to the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Regional Air Mobility (RAM) markets.
As the battery technology develops the range, the markets in which these aircraft can operate will open up. This is why we are also developing new turbogenerator technology for the Advanced Air Mobility market. It will be designed for hybrid-electric applications and will have scalable power offerings. As an on-board power source, it will complement the Rolls-Royce electrical propulsion portfolio, enabling extended range on sustainable aviation fuels and later as it comes available through hydrogen combustion. As flight times and aircraft sizes increase, then you start to move into application of more electric engine technology alongside the application of Hydrogen and Sustainable Aviation fuels.
We also recognise that the Urban Air Mobility Market could transform the way some airports could be used, and the infrastructure needed particularly around charging. We are working with the Luxaviation Group, to see how Vertiports could deliver for passengers. This includes applying Rolls-Royce Power Systems developed climate-friendly microgrids.
By advancing the technology including the development of all-electrical and hybrid-electric aviation propulsion systems, we can accelerate the technological breakthroughs that could help deliver net zero carbon by 2050 and transform the way that we travel.
Biography: Dr. Amit K. Gupta holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS). During 2000-12, he worked for Bechtel Corporation, Samsung Heavy Industries, Delphi Automotive Systems and Vestas Wind Systems. He holds 50 patents/patent applications and published more than 150 papers in international conferences and journals. He has been Adjunct Professor with a few universities. He holds a six sigma Green Belt Certificate from Delphi Automotive Systems and trained in six sigma Black Belt techniques through Vestas Wind Systems. He is a recipient of, “2021 – IEEE McMurray Award for Industry Achievements in Power Electronics”, “2019 – The IET Premium Awards”, “2016 – inaugural IEEE R10 Industry-Academia collaboration award for developing world class electrical R&D lab EPSIL@N”, “2005- Prize paper from the IEEE IAS – Industrial Power Converter Committee”. He also received several Rolls-Royce Engineering & Technology (E&T) Awards for Engineering Excellence and Vestas Innovation excellence award 2009 for being top 5 innovators of Vestas Global Research.
He is an IEEE IAS distinguished lecturer for 2022-23. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transitions on Power Electronics and plays an active role in organizing electrical power engineering conferences in Asia. He is Fellow of IEEE – USA, IET – UK, IES – Singapore, and a Chartered Engineer – Engineering Council (UK).