Manchester leads £2.7m jet engine emissions research

Manchester University is leading a £2.7 million research project to help reduce jet engine emissions. The four-year study, which is backed by firms including maker of jet engines Rolls-Royce, will […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Manchester University is leading a £2.7 million research project to help reduce jet engine emissions.

The four-year study, which is backed by firms including maker of jet engines Rolls-Royce, will focus on carbon dioxide emissions in aeroplanes’ “exhaust plumes” and how they can be lowered.

Professor Hugh McCann, who is leading the FLITES (Fibre-Laser Imaging of Gas Turbine Exhaust Species)project, said: “FLITES will open a new door to penetrate the complex phenomena that dictate the performance and limitations of advanced aero engines.”

The aviation industry is soon to be included by the EU’s emissions trading system, which effectively taxes companies for their emissions. The study is likely to interest firms looking to cut down their costs because of rising fuel prices on top of this EU law.