UK announces £343m lift-off for electric and hybrid planes

A big part of this funding will be invested in projects with the aim to research technology and development of hybrid and electric aircraft, and secure cleaner and greener flights in the future.

The UK Government has announced £343 million of funding to ensure the UK is at the forefront of a new era of “cleaner and greener” flights. Around £255 million, supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), will be invested in 18 new research and technology projects, including the development of hybrid and electric aircrafts . A major beneficiary of the latest funding is the E-Fan X project , which brings together Airbus, Rolls-Royce – which is receiving further support for four projects on engine technology – and Siemens to develop a flying electrical demonstrator which will form the foundation for future electrical aircraft. Others granted funding include three research projects led by Bombardier exploring more efficient manufacturing processes, new technology for engine covers and the application of composite material to large aerospace structures. GKN also aims to develop new aerostructure components for aircraft upgrade opportunities, Airbus aims to reduce cash operating costs by 2% through increased efficiency and reduced turn-around times and the National Composite Centre Operation is developing new efficient ways of producing large composite structures. The University of Oxford, the University of Sheffield and the Welding Institute have also […]

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