Rolls-Royce could use new Canada investment next generation engines

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Rolls-Royce states C$225 million ($228 million) it plans to invest in its energy business in Canada could eventually supply technology for the next generation of Trent and RB211 engines.

Today Rolls-Royce unveiled the funding for use primarily in research and development work for product offerings in the oil and gas power generation markets.

But the company states "ultimately this technology" could be used for next generation engines.

Currently Rolls-Royce is bundling its next generation engine studies into an Advance 2 category covering engines for corporate, regional and some narrowbody aircraft with thrusts of 16,000-25,000lb-thrust (70-110kN) range, an Advance 3 three shaft engine for larger narrowbodies and widebodies and open rotor technology.

The new Rolls-Royce research centred on its energy business is being carried out at its facility in Montreal, and Investissement Québec's Strategic Support for Investment Program (PASI) is supporting the investment with a C$30 million funding facility repayable through royalties.