MAHEPA – Modular Approach to Hybrid Electric Propulsion Architecture

The Partners

  • Univerza v Mariboru (SI),
  • Compact Dynamics GmbH (DE),
  • Deutsches Zentrum fuer luft un raumfahrt EV (DE),
  • Universitaet ULM (DE),
  • H2FLY GmbH (DE),
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (NL),
  • Politechnico di Milano (IT)


The Modular Approach to Hybrid-Electric Propulsion Architecture (MAHEPA project) is developing the enabling propulsion technology for future small and regional passenger airplanes, capable of exploiting the existing small local airports to provide micro-feeder service to larger hubs and eliminating gaseous emission impact on surrounding communities.

The project will develop new components in a modular way to power two four-passenger hybrid electric airplanes scheduled to fly in 2020. The first will be equipped with a hybrid powertrain utilizing an internal combustion engine and the second will be a fuel cell hybrid powered aircraft, showcasing the possibilities for zero-emission long distance flight as concrete example of this innovative propulsion technology.

Flight testing of developed components will provide useful data about benefits and challenges of hybrid electric aviation paving the way towards the year 2050 emission reduction scenarios.