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Minimum environmental impact ultra-efficient cores for aircraft propulsion.

Objective

Building a sustainable and climate neutral future for aviation is an inevitable requirement for a society with increasing mobility needs. If we are to stabilise the global temperature below the 1.5°C threshold set by the Paris Agreement, rapid action is to be taken. MINIMAL will contribute to a radical transformation in air transport by providing disruptive ultra-efficient and low-emission technologies that will, in combination with the aviation ecosystem, sustainably reduce the climate impact of aviation. The MINIMAL project will, through an unprecedented effort between European engine OEMs, world leading atmospheric physics scientists, and lead researchers in combustion and propulsion, attack the major sources of non-CO2 and CO2 emissions in aeroengines. This will be accomplished with the introduction of climate optimised new propulsion systems based on composite cycle engine technology, that provides unparalleled flexibility with respect to operations, and that has the potential to eliminate the large sources of effective radiative forcing by 2035: 80% reduction from contrails, 52% reduction from net-NOx, and 36% fuel burn reduction resulting in 36% to 100% CO2 reduction, depending on the fuel used.
Results will allow assessing the interdependencies between non-CO2 and CO2 effects already during the early stages of aero-thermal-mechanical design and converge into engine options that have minimum climate impact. The findings are supported by numerical (TRL 2) and experimental (TRL 3) proof of concept of Low-NOx opposed-piston constant volume combustion technology with pre-micromixing of hydrogen. In MINIMAL we understand the urgency and aim for maximum impact. Aggressive, but realistic roadmaps will be outlined together with regular exchanges in major industry research centres to develop these technologies into products and bring them to in 2035-2040.

Coordinator

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOGSKOLA AB
Net EU contribution
€ 891 338,00
Address
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412 96 Goteborg
Sweden

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Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (6)

BAUHAUS LUFTFAHRT EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 630 063,00
Address
Willy Messerschmitt Strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Landkreis
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 540 000,00
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki

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Θεσσαλονίκη Κεντρική Μακεδονία Βόρεια Ελλάδα
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 635 000,00
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Delft en Westland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 225 000,00
Address
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46181 Trollhaettan

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Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MTU AERO ENGINES AG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 225 000,00
Address
Dachauer Strasse 665
80995 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ARTTIC INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 380 875,00
Address
Oskar-von-miller-ring 29
80333 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00