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'Clean Sky' seeks partners for 93 technical projects

Interested companies and research bodies can already consult a list of planned Clean Sky JTI calls for proposals for the first half of 2009, to see if the proposed topics suit their technical capabilities.

Aircraft over green fields © Peter Gutierrez
The 'greening' of air transport
© Peter Gutierrez

The 'Clean Sky' Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) is a European Commission initiative aimed at making European air transport more competitive and environmentally friendly. This seven-year research programme will combine public and private capacities to rapidly introduce the next generation of aircraft. New technologies will radically reduce noise and emissions and reduce aircraft fuel consumption.

The 93 new calls for proposals, representing 50 million euros of funding, will be officially published in early 2009 and will cover subjects ranging from the design of innovative CROR blade and pylon systems to statistical models for weather phenomena.

Full range of work on offer

EU officials say Clean Sky will speed up the path from research to industrial application. Large-scale technology demonstrators will validate research results both in flight and on the ground, notably in test vehicles created expressly for this programme. This will enable a more rapid transition to full-scale flight tests, followed by the application of new technologies in future aircraft.

With speed a primary concern, the Clean Sky programme envisages new innovative, greener technologies ready for industrial application within a seven-year timeframe. New systems will be developed starting in early 2008, and test flights will be conducted from 2012 onwards. By 2014, the project will have given rise to successful prototypes, whose results can then be exploited by European aeronautics companies. European consumers can also expect to benefit from the introduction or cleaner and more efficient air transport services.

In order to develop the next generation of 'green aircraft', Clean Sky will carry out work in six technical areas:

  • Green regional aircraft
  • SMART fixed wing aircraft
  • Green rotorcraft
  • Sustainable and green engines
  • Systems for green operation
  • Eco-design

Throughout the process, a'Technology Evaluator' will consider the global environmental impact of newly developed technologies.

To see the list of all 93 calls for proposals,  click hereexternal link.