(News Bulletin 247) – Safran announces that its Safran Aircraft Engines division will coordinate the demonstration program for new Open Fan engine technologies as part of Clean Aviation’s OFELIA (Open Fan for Environmental Low Impact of Aviation) project.

The French engine manufacturer will thus work with 26 key European industrial partners, including Airbus, Avio Aero, GKN Aerospace, as well as research laboratories such as ONERA and universities in several European countries. The OFELIA consortium will benefit from European funding of 100 million euros from Clean Aviation.

The project aims to demonstrate the advantages of an Open Fan type architecture in terms of energy efficiency to meet the needs of the future generation of short and medium-haul aircraft by 2035, and the objective of aviation industry to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The idea is to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20% compared to current engines while ensuring 100% compatibility with sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and hydrogen, says Safran.

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