Pierre Perrin-Monlouis Dernière mise à jour: 20 octobre 2021
The European Commission has selected Rolls-Royce to lead the development of two engine demonstrators as part of the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative to accelerate the delivery of cleaner and quieter engine technologies.
Rolls-Royce will receive up to €53 million from the European Commission and benefit from the work of partners valued at €82 million over seven years to 2015.
The two demonstrators will enhance the development of new technologies for the next generation of narrow and wide-body aircraft engines. These will help Rolls-Royce to meet the demands of its customers by reducing CO2, NOx and noise emissions and reducing the time it takes to bring them to market.
Colin Smith, Director, Engineering & Technology, for Rolls-Royce, said: “The Clean Sky Joint Undertaking from the EC will enable us to build and test truly innovative engine technology demonstrators. This is an essential step that will help us invest in new, more environmentally-friendly products that support our customers’ needs.”
Clean Sky is one of the largest European research programmes ever, with a budget estimated at €1.6 billion over seven years, funded jointly by the European Commission and industry. The Clean Sky initiative will assess, design, build and test many technological validation vehicles, and the technology breakthroughs are expected to be available between 2015 and 2025.
Signing the agreement for Rolls-Royce, Ric Parker, Director of Research & Technology, said: “These demonstrators can only be delivered with the contributions and commitment that we will receive from our partners. The SAGE Integrated Technology Demonstrator will enable our partners to develop and enhance their technology to allow the European supply chain to compete in the growing global market.”
Liam Breslin, Interim Director of the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking said in countersigning the agreement: “Rolls-Royce is one of the leading industry players that has helped launch the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking. Now we can look forward to a programme that will genuinely make a difference and provide a major contribution to the achievement of the ACARE, (Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe), goals.”
Notes to editors
Clean Sky’s current membership includes 86 organisations from 16 countries, 54 companies (including 20 SMEs), 15 research centres and 17 universities. Over the programme’s time span, Clean Sky will offer opportunities to the entire supply chain from all Member States and associated countries, and will in particular encourage the full involvement of SMEs.
Clean Sky is one of five Joint Technology Initiatives, (JTI), proposed by the European Commission as new instruments in Framework Programme 7. The Clean Sky Joint Undertaking was created by a European Council decision in December 2007.
Sustainable and Green Engine, (SAGE), Integrated Technology Demonstrator, (ITD) is one of six that make up the Clean Sky programme. Work on the Rolls-Royce led engine demonstrators has been underway since June 2008. Current partners contributing to the Rolls-Royce demonstrators are ITP and Volvo Aero Corporation; further partners will be selected as the programme progresses.
Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has over the last ten years established a strong position in fast growing global markets – civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
Annual underlying sales were £7.8 billion in 2007. New product development is carried out on a global basis with 50 per cent of new programmes developed outside the UK. Overall 55 per cent of the Group’s 2007 annual sales came from services revenues and less than 20 per cent came from Original Equipment sales to the civil sector. The firm and announced order book at 30 June 2008 was £53.5 billion, an increase of 17 per cent from December 2007.
The Group has businesses headquartered in a wide range of countries including the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities with its technology, presence, partnerships and people.
Each year, in collaboration with its partners, Rolls-Royce invests over £800 million on research and development, two thirds of which has the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
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