Government invests £40m in developing 'green'
Thursday July 12, 2007
The government has awarded £40m to the British aerospace
industry to research and develop "green" aviation engines with
the aim of reducing the impact of flying on the environment.
The project, Environmentally Friendly Engine, is a £95m
trial collaboration, led by aero
engine maker Rolls
Royce, to design and test technologies for more fuel efficient
engines with reduced noise, carbon and nitrogen emissions.
Six UK universities will also take part in the research project
ge, Queen's Belfast and Loughborough.
Announcing the funding today, John Denham, the minister for innovation,
universities and skills, said: "New technologies have the potential to make a real
difference in reducing aviation's impact on the environment. W
e need to act now to
create cleaner, greener technology to help ensure emissions don't rise
dramatically in the future. This technology is part of that.
"This new programme is very important for the UK's aviation industry, which faces
significant global c
ompetition. Britain must work to maintain its place as a leader in
aviation with a highly skilled workforce. Developing new innovative technologies is
a big part of that."
Scientists will begin the first round of tests on combustion and turbine components
next year. The project will run until 2010 and is part of the UK's five
Aerospace Technology Strategy.
Sir John Rose, the chief executive of Rolls
Royce, said, "The programme will
develop the advanced technologies required for cleaner and q
uieter engines and
will help the aviation industry meet demanding new targets aimed at reducing its
The project's industrial partners, including Bombardier Aerospace and Unison
Engine Components, are contributing 50% of its total
cost. Funding will also be
provided by regional development agencies and Northern Ireland's devolved
John Denham: 'We need to act
now to create cleaner, greener