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Rolls-Royce leading development of Clean Sky engine demonstrators

27th November 2008 - 14:29 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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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 narrowbody and widebody 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. 

“The Clean Sky Joint Undertaking from the EC will enable us to build and test truly innovative engine technology demonstrators,” remarked Colin Smith, director, engineering & technology, for Rolls-Royce. “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.

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