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787 Electric Power Systems and Future Trends in More Electric Airplanes


Jeff White

Technical Fellow, Electrical Power Systems, Boeing

Keynote Title:   787 Electric Power Systems and Future Trends in More Electric Airplanes

Biography: Jeff is a senior engineer and Technical Fellow who specializes in electrical power systems. He received his BSEE degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 with emphases on circuit design and electrical power. He joined the Boeing Company in 1985 as an electrical systems design engineer on the 767 program. He has worked on every commercial model since then. Jeff received his Associate Technical Fellow promotion in 2006 and his Technical Fellow promotion in 2012. His expertise and knowledge spans across aircraft power systems and includes design of motors, generators, controls, fault protection, high voltage systems, advanced distribution, power electronics, and power feeders.

Abstract: This keynote focuses on More Electric Aircraft (MEA). First, aircraft energy systems are reviewed. All power sources in traditional aircraft are introduced and corresponding power consumers are presented. Then, the MEA concept is detailed and its advantages are discussed. A road to get more electrified is emphasized for Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Advanced technology contributions to fuel efficiency and the role of power electronics in MEA are exposed. Finally, a thorough discussion on future trends in MEA will be held. It goes from load electrification to propulsion system through microgrids and interdisciplinary technologies.

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