Rolls-Royce has opened a new facility in Bristol, UK. The site will develop jet engine technologies to reduce emissions and increase efficiencies, while utilising low-energy, low-emissions processes. By maximising raw materials, the manufacturer also aims to reduce overall waste.
According to Rolls-Royce, from January 2020 the composite technology hub will develop fan blades and fan cases for its UltraFan® engine demonstrator, a new engine design which will reduce fuel burn and CO2 by at least 25% compared to the first Trent engine.
Rolls-Royce has pledged to achieve zero emissions at its operations and facilities by 2030 via a three-part environmental approach: reducing the impact of existing technologies; pioneering electrification in aviation; and working with the industry to accelerate the use of sustainable fuels.
Alan Newby, Rolls-Royce, Director, Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes said: “This incredible new facility exemplifies our commitment to creating cleaner, more efficient forms of power. Our highly-skilled employees will use the latest technology, materials and manufacturing techniques to develop components that will contribute to lighter, quieter, more powerful jet engines with fewer emissions.”
The facility will focus on carbon-fibre composites to reduce weight and fuel burn/emissions. Rolls-Royce has disclosed a fan system made with carbon-fibre composites can save almost 700kg per aircraft, the equivalent of seven passengers plus luggage.
Rolls-Royce will leverage manufacturing techniques that have been developed in partnership with the National Composites Centre in Bristol, and research conducted at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre at the University of Bristol, as well as several other universities and research centres based in the UK and in Europe.