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‘Clean Sky’ initiative will have a budget of 1.6 billion euros

ITP organizes R&D meeting in Bilbao for the next European green aero engine

From June 24th to the 27th Industria de Turbo Propulsores, S. A. (ITP) will be organizing its annual follow-up meeting with a total of 40 representatives from leading engine companies participating in the European Union's 'Clean Sky' Research and Development initiative, whose total budget amounts to 1.6 billion euros.

The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative, created in 2008 and ending in 2017, is one of the most important R&D projects among those promoted by the European Union. With a total budget of 1.6 billion euros, the EU's will contribute 50% while the rest will come from participating companies themselves. The goal of the initiative is to contribute to the improvement of air transportation through fuel and emission (CO2 and NOx) reductions, in addition to reductions of external noise and aircraft life cycle costs.

Green and sustainable engines

The initiative consists of 6 aeronautical demonstration programs, one of which is known as the Sustainable Green Engine (SAGE) that relates to engines. The budget for the work required to build this engine exceeds 400 million euros.

The Bilbao meeting, which will take place between June 24th and 27th, will welcome 40 representatives from leading companies that, in addition to ITP, participate as partners to the SAGE program (the UK's Rolls-Royce, France's Airbus, Snecma, Turbomeca and Aircelle, Germany's Rolls-Royce Deutschland and MTU, Italy's AVIO and Alenia and Sweden's GKN).

During the annual revision of the different demonstrators, participating companies will be sharing insights into their different lines of activity as well as their achievements in each program.

SAGE 1 - Open Rotor
SAGE 2 - Geared Open Rotor
SAGE 3 - Large 3-Shaft Turbofan
SAGE 4 - Geared Turbofan
SAGE 5 - Turboshaft
SAGE 6 - Lean Burn

ITP's participation

ITP's participation will focus fundamentally on SAGE 3, where new technologies applied to low-pressure turbines are being tested. ITP is a global leader in the design and fabrication of this module.

Among other components, ITP is currently responsible for the low-pressure turbines of the Trent 900 engine for the Airbus A380, the Trent 1000 for the Boeing 787 and two new Rolls-Royce engines, the Trent XWB-97 that will power the Airbus A350-1000 and the Trent TEN, designed for the Boeing 787-10.

During the 2013 fiscal year, ITP's investment efforts in R&D have amounted to 54 million euros, 75% of which was allocated to environmental aspects associated with fuel, gas emission and noise reductions. ITP is at the forefront of Spanish industrial companies in terms of investments in R&D with respect to sales, with an average exceeding 10% in the last decade.

Note to the editor

ITP Aero is currently the ninth largest aircraft engine and components company in the world by revenue. Ranking among the top one hundred companies in the aerospace industry (Top 100 Aerospace Companies, PwC and Flight International). The company employs over 3,500 people at its production centres in Spain, United Kingdom, Mexico, the United States, Malta and India.

ITP Aero includes among its activities the design, research and development, manufacturing and casting, assembly and testing of aeronautical modules and engines. It also provides MRO services for a wide range of engines for regional airlines, business aviation, helicopters, industrial and defense applications. ITP Aero operates as a corporate entity within the Rolls-Royce group.

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