This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant agreement No 75486.

Project Overview

Enhanced Diesel Engine Control (EDEC) project aims to develop modern Electronic Control Unit for new light weight and efficient jet-fuel reciprocating engine for general aviation. Project is supported by Horizon2020/CleanSky2 within Clean Sky 2 – Engines ITD – WP7 activity (Light weight and efficient Jet-fuel reciprocating engine) led by Safran SMA. Application of diesel engines technology has potential to reduce fuel burn by 50% to 65% compared to a small turbine engine, and by 30% to 50% compared with an avgas engine, leading to significant environmental effects and drastic reduction of operating costs. It will also lead to reduction of noise thanks to lower speed of rotation.

In addition, proposed EDEC design aims to:
  • Bring highest level of safety/reliability
  • Adopt modular design enabling flexible solution for wide range of users
  • Research possibilities to use wireless data communication for maintenance purposes.

Successful development of EDEC (for 6-cylinders jet-fuel reciprocating engine) will lead to significant increase in European share on the market of piston engines for general aviation, which is currently dominated by US companies. Proposed 6-cylinders engine well complements to smaller 4-cylinders diesel engines which enabled significant market success of European Diamond Aircraft. New engine has potential to dominate to the market of general aviation piston engines.

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