Revolutionary Digital Displacement® pump technology to debut at Farnborough Airshow this week

Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd., the Scottish technology company, will reveal its revolutionary hydraulic pump technology to the aerospace sector this week. Thanks to the support of Innovate UK, our revolutionary Digital Displacement® pump “E-dyn96” will be displayed to the aerospace trade audience at the Farnborough Airshow on Thursday 19th July.

E-dyn96 Digital Displacement Pump

E-dyn96 Digital Displacement® Pump

Digital Displacement is a fundamental new operating principle for hydraulic machines, in which the individual working cylinders are controlled in real time by an embedded computer – rather than by using traditional analog swash-plate mechanisms. This leads to the elimination of between 60% and 80% of the pump energy losses, reducing fuel consumption and cooling requirements. Direct digital control means response is up to ten times faster than conventional machines. The ability of the machines to control multiple independent outlets at the same time offers new possibilities for efficient system architectures by eliminating wasteful proportional valves.

For the aerospace sector, Artemis sees opportunities in the following areas:

  1. Improving the efficiency and controllability of aircraft hydraulic pumps and systems.
  2. Reducing the energy consumption of ground-based test rigs.
  3. Enabling disruptive approaches to the challenge of distributed propulsion for fixed wing and rotorcraft.

This technology has already shaken up the offshore wind field by enabling Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to demonstrate the world’s largest floating wind turbine, which at 7 megawatts is also world’s most powerful hydrostatic transmission. Meanwhile, Artemis has demonstrated dramatic improvements in fuel efficiency and productivity for vehicles such as excavators, forklift trucks, and trains – and is now working with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hydraulic machinery to bring these benefits to off-road vehicle market.

Digital Displacement machines and systems are invented, developed and manufactured at Artemis’s HQ in Loanhead, near Edinburgh and are protected by hundreds of patents. Artemis’s 55-strong development team span electronics, software, mechanics, test, application development and manufacturing – and won the 2015 MacRobert Award, the UK’s highest award for engineering innovation. Artemis works with leading Tier 1 and OEM manufacturing partners to address our technology’s global potential to reduce carbon emissions and drive digitalisation.

Dr Niall Caldwell, Managing Director said:

Working with major aircraft manufacturers, we have discovered the ‘guilty secrets’ of today’s aerospace hydraulic systems: poor energy efficiency, and a lack of modern digital control and diagnostics. It’s no wonder the industry is looking to electric technology to enable the next wave of innovation in actuation, distributed propulsion and ground-based test systems. But now hydraulic technology is fighting back. Digital Displacement is a revolution in fluid power – with our partners we are leading hydraulic power into the digital age.

Potential partners with an interest in aircraft hydraulic machines and systems, ground-based test rigs or distributed propulsion for aircraft and rotorcraft, are invited to come and visit us to learn more. We will be at the Innovate UK stand #3796, Innovation Zone, Hall 3 on Thursday 19th July.

Digital Displacement is a registered trademark of Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd.