11 Feb 2010 12:02:25
Lower carbon aero engine funding given
The government is to contribute £45 million to research and development into low carbon aero engines.
Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, announced the funding yesterday (February 10th) which will finance partnerships between Rolls-Royce and universities around the UK.
According to the department of business, research will be aimed towards developing lighter fans that reduce fuel consumption, simulation technology for virtual engineering and new, affordable high temperature alloys to improve fuel efficiency.
Rolls-Royce will be working with the universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Loughborough, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton, Surrey, Swansea and Imperial College London.
The company secured funding last year from the government to build four facilities for manufacturing the engines.
On the venture, the business secretary said: "The knowledge, skills and high-end production the UK offers give us huge opportunities to benefit as global demand for low carbon products grows.
"These new projects will help our world class aerospace industry to meet that growing low carbon demand."http://tinyurl.com/yjpe8h5