Bye Energy, Inc., which is developing an electric Cessna 172, has signed an agreement with Panacis, a designer and manufacturer of advanced mobile power products. The companies are collaborating on the development, integration and manufacturing of battery storage systems for Bye Energy’s electric and electric-hybrid propulsion system for general aviation aircraft.
George Bye, CEO of Bye Energy, said Panacis is an experienced developer of battery systems that is making a vital contribution to the program. “Panacis plays a critical research and engineering role in the assembly of our alternative energy system,” Bye said. “Panacis technology will allow us to unlock the capabilities of our advanced lithium cells, making the electric Cessna 172 battery units among the most advanced in the world.”
Steve Carkner, CEO of Panacis, sees that Bye Energy is expanding the possibilities of aviation power systems, and is creating a compelling showcase for Panacis’ aviation battery products. “Panacis has been turning heads in the aerospace industry with its high performing and efficient advanced lithium battery systems,” he said. “We are excited to be part of this ground-breaking project, and are confident that our aircraft battery and power systems will enable Bye Energy to unlock and advance the performance potential of their electric propulsion system.”
Formed in 2008, Bye Energy is developing an electric and electric-hybrid propulsion system for light general aviation aircraft, unveiling “The Green Flight Project” earlier this year. The company is also collaborating with Cessna to design and develop an electric propulsion system for a Cessna 172 proof of concept aircraft.