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Posted: November 25, 2020
Rolls-Royce to supply Bibloc® pressure transmitters to Hinkley Point C nuclear reactors in UK
Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Hinkley Point C for the delivery of safety critical Bibloc® pressure transmitters for the two EPR nuclear reactors currently under construction in Somerset, UK.
Hinkley Point C, which is the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for more than 20 years, will provide low-carbon electricity for around six million homes, create thousands of jobs and bring lasting benefits to the UK economy.
As part of this contract, Rolls-Royce will provide 140 safety classified (K1) Bibloc® pressure transmitters, which will perform flow, level and pressure measurements of the Nuclear Steam Supply System (NSSS).
Robert Sommacal, Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear France, Business Unit Director, said: “We are delighted to be a part of the Hinkley Point C project. We will contribute to ensure the nuclear safety of the reactors, which will generate safe, reliable and low-carbon electricity for 60 years. This contract is further proof of the excellence of our Bibloc® technology and of the specific expertise of our teams”.
Qualified for 60 years of operation, Bibloc® pressure transmitters are designed and manufactured by Rolls-Royce I&C teams based in Grenoble - France, and have already been chosen to be implemented in more than 90 nuclear reactors worldwide.
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Posted: November 25, 2020
Rolls-Royce strenghthens Gulfstream on-site support with new customer service centre
Rolls-Royce has officially opened its latest customer support facility in Savannah, Georgia, USA. The new 62,000 sqft (5,800 m²) Savannah Customer Service Centre is adjacent to the new Gulfstream Service Center East and is scheduled to be fully operational by end of this year. It will house an on-site customer support office, an on wing services repair facility, a powerplant completion centre, and a warehouse all under one roof. The investment will create additional highly-skilled jobs over the next years, increasing the total number of our employees supporting Gulfstream and its customers.
The new service centre was named the Rolls-Royce Raines Building, in honour of local aviation pioneer Hazel Jane Raines. Raines was Georgia’s First Lady of Aviation, a strong advocate for women’s rights and an inspiring trailblazer for women in aviation.
From the beginning of our business aviation activities in 1958, marked by the first flight of the Dart-powered Gulfstream I, to the recent first flight of Gulfstream’s Pearl 700-powered flagship G700, Rolls-Royce and Gulfstream have developed a strong and successful partnership. Rolls Royce currently produces the BR710 and BR725 engines for Gulfstream’s G550 and G650 and develops the Pearl 700 to power the G700. Overall, we support more than 2,100 Gulfstream business jets worldwide via our dedicated 24/7 Business Aviation Availability Centre.
Many of those aircraft are covered by CorporateCare® and CorporateCare Enhanced; about 70 per cent of new delivery Rolls-Royce powered aircraft are enrolled in the programme. CorporateCare Enhanced, the comprehensive, fixed-cost engine maintenance management plan, provides customers with a global support infrastructure which includes: Engine Health Monitoring, a worldwide network of Authorised Service Centres and globally distributed spare parts and engines.
Andy Robinson, SVP Customers & Services - Business Aviation, Rolls-Royce, said: “As the leading engine manufacturer in Business Aviation, our customers trust in us to deliver outstanding levels of in-service support. This brand-new customer support facility is a strategic investment, which takes our longstanding partnership with Gulfstream to the next level and will help us deliver market-leading services to our Business Aviation customers in North America.
“The new Rolls-Royce Savannah Customer Services Center reflects the strong partnership between our two companies and our continued mutual commitment to providing a world-class ownership experience for our operators,” said Mark Burns, President, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. “The first of its kind within the Rolls-Royce network, this facility serves as a strategic complement to our two Gulfstream Savannah Service Centers, providing extensive engine capabilities where they’ll have the greatest impact: at our company and manufacturing headquarters.”
“Global Fortune 500 companies like Rolls-Royce choosing to expand in Georgia are a testament to our strength in advanced manufacturing and logistics, particularly within our $57.5 billion aerospace sector supported by the Port of Savannah – now the top port for U.S. exports,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp. “I am grateful to Rolls-Royce for their continued investment in the Peach State and look forward to seeing the opportunities this expansion brings to the hardworking folks of Southeast and Coastal Georgia.”
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Posted: November 17, 2020
Rolls-Royce supplies power solutions for SpaceDC’s first Indonesian green focused data center facility
Rolls-Royce delivered 3 MTU gas and diesel systems for SpaceDC data centre in Jakarta
MTU gensets are specifically designed for efficiency and hot and humid conditions
Common goal: Lowering the environmental impact of data centres
SpaceDC officially launched its new ID01 25.45MW data centre campus with Rolls-Royce technology beginning of November 2020. It is the first green focused data centre in Indonesia. With innovative design and infrastructure SpaceDC enables a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.3, which is changing the industry’s approach to carbon footprint. Three MTU gas and diesel systems from Rolls-Royce with the latest exhaust aftertreatment technology provide efficient and clean base load and emergency power as well as cooling.
“There is growing demand for local data centres in Southeast Asia, even more since the Covid-19 crisis”, says Darren Hawkins, CEO of SpaceDC. “With the trend of decarbonization new concepts of power supply for data centres are at the forefront.” SpaceDC is a data centre provider who aims to lower the environmental impact of data centres. “This company philosophy fits very well with Rolls-Royce's goal of continuously enhancing the eco-friendliness of our drive and energy systems and bringing them closer to CO2 neutrality,” explains Andreas Görtz, Vice President Power Generation at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
For the JAK2 facility in the SpaceDC campus in Jakarta, Rolls-Royce supplied three containerized gas and diesel systems. The diesel systems, which secure the emergency power supply of the data centre, comprise two MTU 20V4000 DS3300 gensets in a 40 ft container with SCR systems to reduce emissions.
“Reliable backup power is the lifeblood for any data centre – and it is absolutely fundamental in creating a world class facility,” said Darren Hawkins. “In designing our JAK2 data centre, we selected Rolls-Royce, with its MTU products, as our partner because they provide the best in market technology and power efficiency for this data centre, which is aligned with our vision of meeting international standards as part of the overall value proposition to our customers in the region and beyond.”
A 20-cylinder MTU Series 4000L64 FNER gas genset in a 40ft container is installed as CHP (Combined Heat and Power) application with a total efficiency of above 90%. The system will provide baseload electricity and cooling via an absorption chiller utilising the exhaust gas heat to provide cooling. The MTU gas systems offer best in class power density and have been designed specifically to withstand hot and humid conditions. This is especially crucial for the facility in Jakarta where the climate is tropical almost year-round. The MTU power solutions offer an extended Time Between Overhaul (TBO) of 84,000 hours, requiring less maintenance and overhaul intervals for maximum productivity and reliability.
“Deploying generators in a tropical environment like Indonesia comes with a unique set of challenges, especially for a data centre environment where uptime is absolutely critical. We’re proud that our Series 4000 generator sets will help SpaceDC meet the special demands of the location and ensure the highest levels of reliability for their customers,” said Andreas Görtz.
“Working with SpaceDC, we’ve seen great synergy in developing complete power generation solutions that are market-leading in terms of efficiency and reliability. And we are proud that they chose us as a partner to support them with our sustainability service and backup power”, said Waluyanto Sukajat, Acting Managing Director, PT. MTU Indonesia.
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Posted: November 12, 2020
EUROJET signs contract with NETMA for provision of 56 new EJ200 engines for the German Air Force
EUROJET Turbo GmbH (EUROJET), the consortium responsible for the EJ200 engine installed in the Eurofighter Typhoon, today signed a contract with the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) to provide 56 new EJ200 engines for the German Air Force.
The contract, signed in Munich, between Miguel Angel Martin Perez, General Manager of NETMA, and Gerhard Bähr, CEO of EUROJET, covers EJ200 engines for a new order of Tranche 4 Typhoon fighter aircraft. Production of the engine modules will be carried out locally by the four partner companies of the EUROJET consortium; Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, ITP and Avio Aero. As partner for the German Air Force, final assembly of the engines will take place at MTU Aero Engines with deliveries to the German customer scheduled to begin in 2023.
Commenting on the finalisation of the contract Mr Bähr stated: “This contract signature is a clear statement of confidence in the platform and of the performance and sustainability of the EJ200 engines which power it. In addition, it also demonstrates a high level of confidence in the consortium and its European industrial base, and will secure highly skilled workplaces in the aerospace industry in the coming years.”
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Posted: November 12, 2020
Rolls-Royce to test 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel in next generation engine demonstrator
Ground tests with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to demonstrate Rolls-Royce engines can unlock SAF’s potential to reduce emissions
As part of its ongoing decarbonisation strategy, Rolls-Royce is to use 100% sustainable aviation fuel for the first time in engine ground tests on next-generation engine technology.
The tests will aim to confirm that unblended SAF makes a significant contribution to improving the environmental performance of gas turbine engines.
The SAF being used in the tests was produced by low-carbon fuel specialist World Energy in Paramount, California, sourced by Shell Aviation and delivered by SkyNRG. This unblended fuel has the potential to significantly reduce net CO2 lifecycle emissions by more than 75 per cent compared to conventional jet fuel, with the possibility of further reductions in years to come.
These tests aim to demonstrate that our current engines can operate with 100% SAF as a full “drop-in” option, laying the groundwork for moving such fuels towards certification. At present, SAF is certified for blends of up to 50% with conventional jet fuel and can be used on all current Rolls-Royce engines.
Starting in the coming weeks in Derby, UK, the ground tests will involve a Trent engine which also incorporates ALECSys (Advanced Low Emissions Combustion System) lean-burn technology.
ALECSys is part of the UltraFan® next generation engine demonstrator programme, which offers a 25% fuel saving over the first generation of Trent engines.
Paul Stein, Rolls-Royce Chief Technology Officer, said: “Aviation is a tremendous force for good, keeping the world connected, but we have to do that sustainably. These tests aim to show that we can deliver real emissions reductions. If SAF production can be scaled up – and aviation needs 500 million tonnes a year by 2050 - we can make a huge contribution for our planet.”
Gene Gebolys, Chief Executive Officer and founder, World Energy, said: “World Energy exists to empower leaders to innovate by providing the world’s most advanced low carbon fuels. Rolls-Royce is putting their technological prowess to work to understand how to maximise their potential in engines and we are proud to support them.”
Theye Veen, Managing Director, SkyNRG, added: “This programme is a great example of what can be achieved when companies from across the aviation value chain that share an ambition of reducing emissions work together. As a pioneer in SAF, SkyNRG encourages innovative tests like this run by Rolls-Royce.”
In addition to supplying the SAF with SkyNRG, Shell Aviation is also providing Rolls-Royce with AeroShell lubricants for the ALECSys engine test programme.
Anna Mascolo, President, Shell Aviation, commented: “For over 100 years, Rolls-Royce and Shell have worked together to drive aviation’s progress. This collaboration brings us one step closer to decarbonising Aviation. As well as the SAF, Shell Aviation will provide offsets using nature-based solutions to make the test net zero emissions, reinforcing how multiple measures are essential if aviation is to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions.”
The ALECSys programme is supported by the European Union via Clean Sky and in the UK by the Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK; the 100% SAF testing programme is additionally supported by ATI, iUK and Gulf Aviation.
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Posted: November 12, 2020
Rolls-Royce signs agreements for delivery of almost 1000 MTU products at Chinese import conference CIIE
Largest ever agreements for MTU product delivery at China International Import Expo
Agreements include MTU Series 2000 and 4000 engines and gensets for power generation and mining applications
Rolls-Royce also signs strategic cooperation agreements with Jianglong Shipyard, Aulong Shipyard, VPower and SUMEC
Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems has signed agreements for the delivery of a record number of MTU products as well as two strategic partnership agreements at the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) which was held in Shanghai: Six Chinese companies have signed frame agreements for the delivery of almost 1000 MTU engines and systems of Series 2000 and 4000 for use in power generation and mining applications. In addition, Rolls-Royce Power Systems signed strategic cooperation agreements with partners from the marine, power generation and mining industry. The agreements on the delivery of MTU engines and systems are part of new purchasing framework agreements with the power generation companies Cooltech, Tellhow, Pauway, UNPower and SUMEC. For the first time at CIIE, Rolls-Royce also signed agreements for the mining application: The company inked a procurement framework agreement with Inner Mongolia North Hauler Joint Stock Co Ltd, a leading Chinese mining machinery manufacturer. CRRC DATONG Co Ltd also placed an order for one MTU engine for use in a mining dump truck. The strategic cooperation agreements were signed with Jianglong Shipyard, Aulong Shipyard, VPower and SUMEC.
Tobias Ostermaier, President Greater China at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: “China is our most important growth market and our ambition is to be in China for China. In recent years, we have turned into a provider of integrated solutions for Chinese business partners: We have formed multiple joint ventures and established a Customer Care Center as well as a Tech Center in-country to be closer to customers and better satisfy their needs. It’s great to see these efforts bearing fruit with the frame agreements and strategic cooperation agreements we signed at CIIE. We are very grateful for the trust and confidence our customers put in our products and solutions.”
Rolls-Royce Power Systems reached a breakthrough in the Chinese marine market with the multi-party strategic partnership agreement with Jianglong Shipyard, Aulong Shipyard and VPower Group. Jianglong Shipyard is China’s leading designer and manufacturer of aluminum hull high speed vessels, a key market for MTU products. Aulong Shipyard is a joint venture of Austal and Jianglong. VPower Group is one of the world’s leading system integrators in the power generation sector and distributor for MTU products in China. The new strategic partnership will focus on MTU Series 2000 and 4000 engines.
Growth opportunities from the acceleration of China’s New Infrastructure development are at the heart of the strategic partnership which Rolls-Royce Power Systems and SUMEC agreed at CIIE, explained Fu Min Chu, Vice President of Sales and Business Development Greater China at MTU China: “Our backup power solutions will help SUMEC capture growth opportunities in China, especially in the booming data center market.”
Expanding market share and establishing and deepening partnerships in China are key to the success of the PS 2030 strategy, under which Rolls-Royce Power Systems is currently transforming from an engine manufacturer to a provider of integrated sustainable power solutions. Rolls-Royce has been producing MTU engines in China since 2006. In addition, Rolls-Royce formed MTU Yuchai Power, a joint venture with Chinese diesel engine manufacturer Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company, in 2017. The company produces MTU Series 4000 engines for power generation in its plant in Yulin, Guangxi Province.