Aerospace News – Late May 2021

The UK Electrification of Aerospace Propulsion Facility to be catalyst for green economic recovery in the aerospace sector.

The University of Nottingham has been awarded £7.6million by the D2N2 LEP towards the development of the £16.8M UK Electrification of Aerospace Propulsion Facility (UKEAPF).

The UKEAPF is one of ten projects across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire which has received funding from D2N2’s £44 million share of the government’s £900 million Getting Building Fund.

Hosted within the new Power Electronics and Electrical Machines Centre at the University of Nottingham, the facility will support the East Midlands vision to be the world’s foremost location for low carbon aerospace innovation.

Rolls-Royce is in talks with Boeing about powering a future commercial aircraft, following the UK manufacturer’s 2019 withdrawal from the race to provide an engine for the US airframer’s then-proposed New Mid-market Airplane.

During Rolls-Royce’s annual general meeting on 13 May, chief executive Warren East said: “It is fairly well documented that Boeing is exploring the opportunity for a new aircraft… We are in dialogue with Boeing about that.”

Warren East says Rolls-Royce is ‘in dialogue’ with Boeing.

East suggests that the talks cover a potential application of Rolls-Royce’s in-development UltraFan engine programme – the same powerplant Rolls-Royce had proposed for the NMA.


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