Volvo Aero and the Swedish Government are each investing SEK 63 million (US$9 million) to support the development of lightweight components for more fuel-efficient aircraft engines. This marks the government authority Vinnova’s first distribution of funding to a commercial demonstrator program in the aerospace industry.
The funding for the Volvo Aero project—“Swedish demonstrator for environmentally compatible aircraft engines”—will be paid in installments from 2007 through 2010.
The reply was highly pleasing, since Sweden has never previously had a commercial demonstrator program in aviation. Aviation faces major challenges to deal with environmentally. We can contribute with lightweight technology so that the aviation industry combined shall achieve the emissions targets agreed by the entire industry in Europe.—Volvo Aero’s President Olof Person
At the European level, Volvo Aero is participating in the forthcoming “Clean Sky” Joint Technologies Initiatives (JTI) within the EU’s seventh framework program. Volvo Aero is participating within SAGE (Sustainable And Green Engine) element of Clean Sky, in cooperation with Rolls-Royce, Snecma, MTU and others.
The Clean Sky initiative is focused on developing technologies that will deliver:
- 50% reduction in CO2 emissions through drastic reduction of fuel consumption;
- 80% reduction of NOx emissions;
- 50% reduction of external noise; and
- A green design, manufacturing, maintenance and disposal product life cycle.
Volvo Aero specializes in advanced components for aircraft engines/gas turbines, with the goal of achieving a leadership position in a select set of key technologies. These include technologies for optimized fabricated structures, production process modeling, high-speed machining and integrated analysis tools for fluid dynamics and stress calculations. More than 80% of all new commercial aircraft with more than 100 passengers are equipped with engine components from Volvo Aero.
Volvo Aero is a program partner for General Electric’s next-generation GEnx engine, which last month began flight-testing on GE’s 747 flying test-bed. Volvo Aero has provided the GEnx with six different components. GEnx is the largest commercial engine program yet for Volvo Aero.