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Wright Electric Announces Successful Partial Discharge Testing on our Motor

We are pleased to share a significant achievement in our ongoing pursuit of decarbonizing the industries that are hardest to decarbonize. Wright Electric proudly announces the successful completion of an altitude simulation test conducted in the Wright Lab, showcasing our 2 megawatt motor's robust performance at a simulated atmosphere equivalent to 43,000 feet without experiencing Partial Discharge (PD). 

Partial Discharge Overview: Why is it Important?
Partial discharge is a form of electrical failure where electric charge escapes through tiny voids in apparently solid insulation. When partial discharges occur they can degrade the insulation and create a risk of fire in the motor. PD becomes more likely at high altitudes due to thinning of the air, and presents a challenge for electric aviation which operates at higher voltages than existing aircraft.

Wright Motor
Setting New Heights: Challenges in High-Altitude Electric Aviation
While many electric aircraft operate comfortably around 3,000 feet, we are aiming higher to accommodate the demands of commercial aircraft, which cruise at 36,000 feet. Attaining zero PD at 43,000 feet underscores our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety and reliability, establishing Wright Electric as a leader in overcoming the challenges of high-altitude electric aviation. In this test, the Wright Motor was subjected to its full rated voltage under simulated altitude conditions. The system exhibited zero partial discharge events at all test conditions, indicating that Wright’s innovative insulation system is performing as designed.

Future Steps: Further Validation at NASA NEAT Facility
Building on this success, further validation through testing at the NASA NEAT facility is planned later in 2024. Subsequent flight testing will provide the ultimate confirmation of our motor's performance under real-world conditions.

Congratulations to the Wright team, and thank you for being supporters of Wright's work. We look forward to sharing more updates as we continue to advance the frontiers of electric aviation. 

Please reach out to Jill Gottlieb at jill.gottlieb@weflywright.com if you would like to learn about applying this industry-leading equipment to your aerospace, maritime, or ground application.

Wright's goal is to reduce the climate impact of the aerospace industry.

Electric planes have the potential to reduce the carbon and noise footprint of the aerospace industry. Image source: https://stay-grounded.org/get-information/.
Wright is supported by DOE, NASA, and DOD.

 

Wright is looking for a
Business Development expert to join the team!

Do you love working with the Department of Defense? Wright has an exciting opportunity for someone in the field of business development who has a strong network of defense relationships. Due to the high level of applicability for Wright's technologies within the DoD, we have created this new position to help our current and future DoD customers. Check out our careers page for more details. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please feel free to reply to this email. Applicants can apply by sending their resume to hiring@weflywright.com or through this Indeed post.

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