Pipistrel is a manufacturer of light aircraft, renowned for innovation, pioneering, performance and efficiency. Pipistrel’s main products are single- to four-seat single engine piston aircrafts, sold worldwide. It employs 74 people, 16 in R&D. It received numerous awards, most notably winning the NASA Green Flight Challenge 2011 sponsored by Google for the world’s most energy efficient aircraft by flying the world’s first four seater electric aircraft Taurus G4. It won the UKTI Award for innovation at 2010 European Business award.
It’s main R&D activities are aerodynamics, structures, CAD design, mechanical design, rapid prototyping, electronics design and structural and flight testing. It has extensive experience in managing complex projects, having launched 7 types of aircraft, most recently the four seat Panthera, which is to be certified according to EASA CS23 standards. Further information is available at Pipistrel d.o.o.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas. For over 165 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world’s largest provider of environmental technologies. Around 40 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. In fiscal 2012, which ended on September 30, 2012, revenue from continuing operations totaled €78.5 billion and income from continuing operations €4.7 billion (incl. IAS 19R and reclassification of the solar business into continuing operations). At the end of September 2012, Siemens had around 370,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations.
SIEMENS Large Drives has already gained a huge experience in design and manufacturing of drive systems (electric motor / generator, power electronic and control systems) for railway, mobile mining and hybrid busses applications. and development of hybrid propulsion for aviation requires similar product designs in order to provide proper functionality during operation. References in aviation: Dimona DA36 e-Star. Further information is available at Siemens AG
University of Maribor
The University of Maribor is the second largest university in Slovenia educating about 22 000 students and employing about 1800 employees. It is an autonomous, scientific research and educational institution with purpose to transfer knowledge through different educational programs. Two Faculties with its research centres are participating in the project O Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (Institute of Robotics) and Faculty of Civil Engineering (Transport Economics Centre) . Institute of Robotics (IR) at Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences is engaged in the design and modelling of mechatronic systems. Among its research activities the research in the field of power electronics systems (different structures, control and electric drives control is particularly important alongside research in the field of system integration and rapid control prototyping. Institute is also engaged in development of advanced structures and control algorithms to be used in variety of electrical and mechatronics devices (actuators, robots, power electronics converters . The Transport Economics Centre (TEC) is a research centre within the Faculty of Civil Engineering. The Centre conducts international, national and regional scientific and R&D projects in the field of transport, carries out studies and provides expert opinions for different institutions, companies and other clients. Its main research fields are transportation economics, logistics, transportation technologies, transport and environment, transport policy, transportation planning & development. Further information is available at Transport Economic Centre and Institute of Robotics.
The University of Pisa (Italy) is one of the oldest European Universities and today it boasts 11 faculties and 57 departments with about 55.000 students. Two departments of the Engineering Faculty will be involved in the present project: the Department of Industrial and Civil Engineering DICI and the Department of Energy, Systems, Land and Construction Engineering (DESTEC). Further information is available at Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering – Aerospace Section and Department of Energy, System, Territory and Construction Engineering.
MBVision is a small enterprise focusing on generating new business or image opportunities through innovative projects and solutions. Company offers R&D activities, consulting, services, projects and products in the fields of design, new technology and communication for private or public companies/institutes that need to develop new products or services. With a special focus on research, thanks to strategic partnerships with Institutes and Universities MBVision has designed interiors, HMI interfaces, ergonomics and dashboards for light planes, motorcycles and hybrid vehicles collaborating with industries, companies, institutes in Europe such as Piaggio & C, Pipistrel, Centro Ricerche Fiat, C2P. MBVision designed also HMI interfaces for collaborative platform for nautical and fashion design, with Indra, Sixty, FV Cantieri, 3logic. Further information is available at MBVision.