General Electric Extends Partnership with the FAA for Sustainable Aviation

  • How much the companies are investing over 5 years
  • A statement from the General Manager of Advanced Technologies at GE Aviation

GE Aviation and the FAA announced this morning that they are partnering on the development of noise and emission-reducing technologies for aircraft engines. The company and government agency have committed to investing $55 million over five years in research on open-fan engines, electrification, noise reduction, and alternative jet fuels via the FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN) program.

“GE Aviation has a robust pipeline of breakthrough technologies to help achieve our ambitious decarbonization goals for aircraft engines,” said Arjan Hegeman, general manager of advanced technologies for GE Aviation. “This investment by the U.S. FAA brings us another step closer to introducing open-fan, hybrid-electric, and new engine core technologies to our customers sooner, improving fuel efficiency and lowering carbon emissions from aviation.” 

This is the third CLEEN award GE Aviation has received since 2010. Previous CLEEN awards, announced in 2010 and 2015, supported GE Aviation technology advancements, including Twin-Annular Pre-mixing Swirler (TAPS) combustor designs that led to technology now in CFM LEAP and GE9X engines, open-fan architecture, flight-management systems, alternative fuels, and electrification. The latest award comes after GE and Safran announced in June that they were jointly working to reduce engine fuel burn and CO2 emissions by 20 percent via their joint venture company CFM and its RISE (Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines) program, which targets delivery of these new engines in the next decade. 


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