Rivalta di Torino, April , 2019 - Avio Aero - a GE Aviation business, was among the key players at the annual Clean Sky 2 conference, the event that takes stock of the activities and objectives of the European research program which develops innovative technologies to reduce CO2, gas and noise emissions produced by aircraft engines.
In the presence of the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, Franco Tortarolo, R&TD EU Programs Executive of Avio Aero, was part of the panel of those called to present “a progress report”. Mr Tortarolo participated in the “Clean Sky 2 Experience” round table, a discussion dedicated to hearing the testimonies of the key players in the activity.
“‘Collaborating to compete’: this is the key to a sustainable technological revolution that can handle the complexity and costs of new technologies”, stated Franco Tortarolo. “The activities of the Clean Sky 2 program are characterized by this vision and Avio Aero takes part as a key player, thus contributing to a “cleaner” future for European skies and beyond.”
The Clean Sky 2 program is implemented through the creation of technological demonstrators for various aviation applications. The leaders of the various demonstrators issue calls for proposals to Core Partners, who they rely on for the development of specific innovative technologies. The successful bidders receive funding to carry out the R&D activities set out in the call for proposals.
Avio Aero is the Core Partner with the widest portfolio of the entire Clean Sky 2 program, with an active part in all the different applications (Fast Rotocraft, Large Passenger Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, and Small Air Transport). Avio Aero is also the leader of the MAESTRO project, in which additive technologies are heavily leveraged for certain components and geometrically complex engine modules, presented in Brussels by Giacomo Senatore and Antonio Peschiulli, Lead Engineer and Sub Section Manager of Avio Aero, respectively.
Clean Sky 2, promoted by the European Commission and the European aeronautics industry, is financed by the EU Horizon 2020 program, and also contributes to strengthening collaboration in the aeronautics industry, global leadership and competitiveness on a continental level. The main objective is to reduce the emissions of CO2, other gases, and noise from the aviation industry by developing new engine architectures, improved wing aerodynamics, lighter composite structures, smarter trajectories, and more on-board electricity. For example, by 2050, a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions (compared to 2005) is expected, avoiding around 4 billion tons of CO2 between 2025 and 2050.
INFORMATION about Avio Aero
Avio Aero is a GE Aviation business that designs, manufactures and maintains propulsion systems for civil and military aviation. It is the center of excellence for the entire General Electric group in the field of mechanical transmissions and low-pressure turbines. It employs more than