Colorado Firm Developing Hybrid-Electric UAV Engine.
Combination gas-powered engine and electric motor developed for UAV.
LOUISVILLE – The University of Colorado has struck a deal it hopes will bring improved hybrid engine technology to aircraft, the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office announced Tuesday.
Tigon EnerTec Inc. is a startup that designs “eco-friendly” propulsion systems. It is working on a system that allows aircraft to use both traditional internal combustion engines and electric motors during flight.
Aircraft operators would have the ability to switch between systems during flight, allowing them to optimize fuel use, Tigon president Jean Koster said.