The EU commits to research into ultra-efficient aero engines

The EU is investing over EUR 3 million in innovative aero-engine technologies in the three-year "Ultimate" project, short for "Ultra Low emission Technology Innovations for Mid-century Aircraft Turbine Engines". The project targets radical concepts for new aero engines, in line with the EU’s long-term emissions reduction target for 2050. The project is being presented at a conference in South Korea this week.
​The project team, coordinated by Chalmers University of Technology, includes four of the largest engine manufacturers in Europe: Rolls-Royce (UK), MTU Aero Engines (Germany), Safran Aircraft Engines (France) and GKN Aerospace (Sweden), four universities: Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), Cranfield University (UK), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (France), the research institute Bauhaus Luftfahrt (Germany) and the technology management company Arttic (France).
“The EU is targeting a 75 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per passenger kilometre between the years 2000 and 2050,” says Tomas Grönstedt, Professor in Turbomachinery at Chalmers and coordinator of the project. “Decades of investment in advanced technology, supported by EU programmes such as Clean Sky, have made such ambitious goals feasible. To reach the 75 percent reduction target, we estimate that the last 18 percent will have to come from radical technology developed within our project.”

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