Part of the Rolls-Royce commitment is investing in testing, research and development to keep our business moving forward. Each year Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with its partners, invests around $1.4 billion in Research and Development, two thirds of which has the objective of reducing the environmental impact of our products. Below are some highlights underway in North America.
Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc., known as LibertyWorks, develops technology for advanced gas turbine propulsion and power systems. Recent successes include: the Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technology (IHPTET), Versatile Affordable Advanced Turbine Engine (VAATE) program, the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, and other man-rated engine projects as well as expendable engine programs. Innovative solutions and proven capabilities make LibertyWorks a world leader in high technology propulsion and power.
The Rolls-Royce Outdoor Jet Engine Testing Facility located on NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi conducts specialist development engine testing on all current Rolls-Royce engine types. This includes noise, crosswind, thrust reverse, cyclic and endurance testing. This site is central to ensuring that Rolls-Royce produces the quietest and most environmentally friendly engines.
Rolls-Royce first began research into fuel cell technology in 1992 and established Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Ltd, based in the UK, in 2003. In 2005, Rolls-Royce partnered with Singaporean consortium EnerTek and agreed together to invest $100 million toward developing a commercially viable power system based on fuel cell technology. In 2006 Rolls-Royce opened the US subsidiary, Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US) Inc. This unit, located on the campus of Stark State College of Technology in Ohio, is leading the global fuel cell development program that is aimed at developing a megawatt scale commercially-viable fuel cell power system within this decade.
Rolls-Royce is the first aeroengine manufacturer to develop common core engines designed to meet the stringent requirements of both civil and military operators. The common core engine family includes the AE 1107 turboshaft, the AE 2100 turboprop and the AE 3007 turbofan. These highly efficient powerplants share the same high-pressure core and provide excellent reliability, maintainability and performance. The engines share 80 per cent parts commonality which provides operators with worldwide availability of parts and support, and reduced operating costs through streamlined global support, training, shared lessons-learned, military qualification and international civil certification.
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