Bye Energy, Inc. has selected Dow Kokam advanced lithium polymer cell technology for its electric and electric-hybrid propulsion system developmental program for general aviation aircraft.
George Bye, CEO of Bye Energy, said Dow Kokam is a key strategic supplier that could help Bye Energy move its concepts for battery storage and control systems out of the lab and into actual hardware. “Ever since announcing our collaboration with Cessna this summer to design and develop an electric propulsion system for a Cessna 172 proof of concept aircraft, our activity level has been in overdrive,” he said. “The use of Dow Kokam technology will be beneficial to our electric propulsion system development efforts, but particularly to the next step in Bye Energy’s program, which is the electric hybrid propulsion system.”
“Bye Energy’s selection of Dow Kokam technology for this innovative general aviation application reflects Dow Kokam’s capabilities to support its customers in turning their investments in advanced energy storage into commercially viable solutions,” said Jeff Kostos, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Dow Kokam. “Choosing Dow Kokam technology for this critical application demonstrates that real advanced battery solutions exist today for aeronautic and aviation applications.”
Formed in 2008, Bye Energy is developing an electric and electric-hybrid propulsion system for light general aviation aircraft, announcing The Green Flight Project earlier this year. The company is also collaborating with Cessna Aircraft Co. to design and develop an electric propulsion system for a Cessna 172 proof of concept aircraft. Bye Energy is headquartered on Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo., and also has offices at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport, in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Albuquerque, N.M.