Aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has launched a research programme into zero-emissions aviation in partnership with Widerøe, the Scandinavian regional airline.
Widerøe wants to electrify its fleet of more than 30 aircraft by 2030. “The development of electric aviation looks promising, but we need to progress faster. We are therefore pleased to have the world’s most renowned engine manufacturer on-board with us on this pioneering green journey” said Andreas Aks, chief strategy officer at Widerøe.
Rolls Royce has been investing heavily in electric aero-engine technology, and recently agreed to buy the electric and hybrid-electric aerospace propulsion activities of Siemens.
Alan Newby, director, aerospace technology and future programmes, said: “This project will further build on our global electrical capability, which was recently boosted by the acquisition of Siemens eAircraft business and complements the electrical work we are principally doing in the UK and Germany, while building on the knowledge gained through the ATI supported E-Fan X programme. We’re excited by the depth of skills and expertise that we are bringing together with Widerøe and Innovation Norway on this journey towards the third era of aviation, bringing cleaner and quieter air transport to the skies.”
By Malory Davies