The CFM Rise (Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines) program, launched by GE Aviation and Safran, aims to mature a range of technologies for future engines that will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 per cent and enter service by the 2030s.
Key to the state-of-the-art engine propulsion efficiency required to meet these goals is the development of an open fan architecture, which GE Aviation and Safran identify as the central enabler for improved fuel efficiency whilst retaining current engine capabilities and in-flight parameters.
CFM Rise will also explore hybrid electric capabilities for optimizing energy efficiency and enhancing electrical components in aircraft systems.
Climate commitments extended to 2050
GE Aviation and Safran have also extended the CFM International 50/50 partnership – declaring the companies’ proactive effort to reduce the aviation industry’s CO2 emissions by 50 per cent – to 2050.
Olivier Andriès, CEO of Safran, commented: “Our industry is in the midst of the most challenging times we have ever faced. We have to act now to accelerate our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment.
“Through the extension of our CFM partnership to 2050, we are today affirming our commitment to work together as technology leaders to help our industry meet the urgent climate challenges.”