Clean Sky 2
"Clean Sky is the most ambitious aeronautical research programme ever launched in Europe. Its mission is to develop breakthrough technologies to significantly increase the environmental performances of airplanes and air transport, resulting in less noisy and more fuel efficient aircraft, hence bringing a key contribution in achieving the Single European Sky environmental objectives.
The Clean Sky JTI is one of the largest European research programme ever, with a budget estimated at €1.6 billion, equally shared between the European Commission and industry, over the period 2008 - 2013.
The objective of this unique public-private partnership is to speed up technological breakthrough developments and shorten the time to market for new solutions tested on Full Scale Demonstrators.
Speeding up new, greener design is essential to protect our environment. It should be kept in mind that aircraft have a 30-year service life, and that new aviation design takes more than a decade to develop. The accelerated research process that Clean Sky offers represents an unprecedented opportunity for rapid progress in the introduction of green technology into aviation.
Clean Sky will demonstrate and validate the technology breakthroughs that are necessary to make major steps towards the environmental goals sets by ACARE - Advisory Concil for Aeronautics Research in Europe - the European Technology Platform for Aeronautics & Air Transport and to be reached in 2020:
- 50% reduction of CO2 emissions through drastic reduction of fuel consumption
- 80% reduction of NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions
- 50% reduction of external noise
- A green product life cycle: design, manufacturing, maintenance and disposal / recycling
Clean Sky will encourage the participation of SMEs to ensure their full involvement in the programme, therefore offering opportunities to the entire aeronautic supply chain from all EU Member States and Associated countries.”
Towards Clean Sky 2
With the success of Clean Sky, it is necessary to build upon the achievements of the current programme to, interalia, reach the 50% decrease of CO2 and, beyond ACARE 2020 horizon, prepare for the even more ambitious targets of Flightpath 2050.”
Key elements of Clean Sky 2 are:
- Higher level of integration of technologies into vehicle level demonstrators (Large Passenger Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, Fast Rotorcraft)
- System-level Demonstrators and focused technology streams for Airframes, Engines and Systems
- Transverse co-ordination of research activity in Small Air Transport (SAT) and Eco-Design
- A continued robust and independent analysis of progress towards the programme goals via the Technology Evaluator.”
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