£10.7 million cash boost for Rolls-Royce

Bondholder Rolls-Royce and Aerospace Technology Instatiate have been handed £10.7 million in government funding for projects that aim to reduce ice formation on aerospace engines and develop cabin cooling systems.

The money, which is part of a £3.9bn investment from industry and the government, was announced by aerospace minister Richard Harrington on a visit to Rolls-Royce’s facility.

Chief technology officer for Rolls-Royce Paul Stein said: "We welcome the support announced by the UK government. Rolls-Royce is focused on pioneering new technologies and developing the next generation of highly skilled engineers by working with academia and industry."

The first project to be awarded funding is COAST, Critical Oil and Air System Technologies, which has been handed £3.7m.

The scheme, which will involve Bladon Jet in Coventry and the universities of Nottingham, Oxford and Sheffield, will focus on the development of engine systems to support cabin cooling, and advanced sealing solutions for oil systems and bearing chambers.

The second project, DE-ICER (Design Excellence – Ice Crystal Engine Research), includes Cambridge-based Satavia, GKN Aerospace and the University of Oxford and has received £7m.

It will focus on tackling the formation of ice crystals that can damage an aircraft and aims to target current gaps in ice crystal formation research and develop anti-icing systems and technology to protect the engine.