Rolls leads effort to develop 'Clean Sky' demonstrator engines

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Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is to lead the development of two engine demonstrators for the Clean Sky initiative, under a contract which it values at around €135 million ($174 million).

The Clean Sky programme, which is one of the largest-ever European research programmes, is a joint project between the European Commission and the aerospace industry which aims to accelerate the delivery of cleaner and quieter engine technology.

Under the contract Rolls-Royce will lead work on two demonstrators, supported by up to €53 million in EC funding, as well as partner work which it values at €82 million over the period to 2015.

Rolls-Royce director for engineering and technology Colin Smith says: "The Clean Sky joint undertaking from the EC will enable us to build and test truly innovative engine technology demonstrators."

Work on the Rolls-Royce led engine demonstrators has been underway since June 2008. Current partners contributing to the Rolls-Royce demonstrators include ITP and Volvo Aero Corporation. Further partners will be selected as the programme progresses.

Clean Sky's current membership includes 86 organisations from 16 countries, 54 companies, 15 research centres and 17 universities.