Rolls-Royce is set to receive up to €53m (£44m) over the next seven years to lead the development of two engine demonstrators as part of the European Commission’s Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative.
The two demonstrators are expected to enhance the development of technologies for the next generation of narrow- and wide-body aircraft engines, leading to reduced CO2, NOx and noise emissions.
Colin Smith, director, engineering and technology for Rolls-Royce, said: ‘The Clean Sky Joint Undertaking from the Commission will enable us to build and test truly innovative engine technology demonstrators. This is an essential step that will help us invest in new, more environmentally friendly products.’
Clean Sky is one of the largest European research programmes being undertaken, with a budget estimated at €1.6bn over seven years, funded jointly by the European Commission and industry.