Six projects are to receive grants worth over £2.8m to back research into better and cheaper electrical systems for aircraft.
Industry minister John Battle announced the funding for the DTI’s Civil Aircraft Research and Technology Demonstration (Carad) programme last week.
The proposals follow the DTI’s `more electric aircraft challenge’ last spring.
Funding has been approved for a variable frequency to constant frequency converter project from a Lucas-led consortium.
Lucas has a second project, in reliability enhancement. GKN-Westland will look into helicopter electric actuation technology, European Gas Turbines will research reliable engine actuation systems, Dunlop will probe electrically-actuated braking systems and Smiths Industries will examine a distributed electric power management architecture.