Rolls-Royce to develop power system for energy-optimized aircraft

  • 14-Jan-2009 01:08 EST
Rolls-Royce has been selected to design and develop a robust electrical power system (REPS) as part of the Integrated Vehicle Energy Technology component and subsystem development (INVENT-SDD). The $690,000 contract, awarded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), funds the development of critical INVENT subsystem technologies. The REPS initiative includes increasing power, improving efficiencies, and reducing life-cycle costs. The intent is to generate less heat, increase fuel efficiency, and enable electricity capacity for various systems to meet the increasing demands of existing and future onboard systems. Next steps will involve an assessment of all three critical technologies and integrated ground demonstrations of the consensus architecture for energy-optimized aircraft. Work will be undertaken by the company’s LibertyWorks research unit in Indianapolis.
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