Nov 9, 2020

Rolls-Royce ─ Leading the Charge in Jet Engine Technology

Technology
Sustainability
CO2 emissions
Rolls-Royce
Sam Scane
2 min
Rolls-Royce will soon be using robotics to fix jets on the go, revolutionising aviation and cutting down on carbon emissions...

Established in 1904, Rolls-Royce has been a key player in the manufacturing of automobiles and power systems for aviation. It currently ranks as the second-largest maker of aircraft engines, after General Electric, and has recently announced its investment in a new program of technology that seeks to recycle rather than scrap used plane parts. 

Working with the Government-backed Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), the deal will see its engineers working on 20 different technologies designed to cut airline disruption, potentially setting the groundwork for different technological advancements, with lessening environmental deterioration at its centre. 

Technologically Saving the Planet

Dr Ian Mitchell, Chief of Technology, Repair and Services, Rolls-Royce, said: “This programme will take that one step further by improving how we service our engines, creating technologies which will reduce waste, avoid emissions and minimise disruption while laying the foundations to service the gas turbine and hybrid-electric engines of the future.”

The technology could include, but is not limited to; 

  • High-tech cameras and algorithms that could help identify damage to components. 
  • Snake robots that can travel inside engines and perform repairs on complex parts.
  • Inspection and analysis tools to inspect deep-rooted parts during a repair operation. 
  • Advanced repair tools for parts that currently can only be scrapped.

Rolls-Royce also says that their new technologies have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions on a yearly basis by maintaining flight times, reducing scrappage and the wastage of parts, as well as developing technology for cleaner engines, advancing electric and fan technology and reducing engine weights. 

Business and Industry Minister Nadhim Zahawi backing the plans said: “Our aerospace industry is leading the way in developing new technology to make air travel greener, backed by Government investment to spearhead new innovations. I am excited to see one of these projects go live today, which will see Rolls-Royce developing technologies to potentially slash thousands of tonnes of CO2 per year – a fantastic example of how the industry can help us make strides towards our wider net-zero ambitions.”

With more companies and governments alike embracing the need to reduce carbon emissions across the globe, it’s clear to see that this push toward a greener, more sustainable world is fully coming together. 

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May 10, 2021

Lion Electric to Construct US EV Manufacturing Facility

ElectricVehicles
SmartManufacturing
Sustainability
Technology
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Lion Electric |Smart Manufacturing | Sustainable Manufacturing | Electric Vehicles | Electric School Buses | Electric Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles | Sustainability | Technology | Freight | Transportation
Lion Electric announces its selection of Illinois to construct its all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicle manufacturing facility...

Who is Lion Electric?

Founded in 2008, Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, zero-emissions, medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles. Lion Electric designs, manufactures, and assembles all components for its vehicles that have unique features specifically adapted to the users and their needs. “We believe that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life,” believes Lion Electric. 

Lion Electric’s new Illinois Manufacturing Facility

Just two months after announcing plans to construct a battery manufacturing plant and innovation centre in Quebec, Lion Electric is expanding its locations further, selecting Joliet, Illinois for its new manufacturing facility in the US.

The new facility is said to “represent the largest dedicated production site for zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the US,” as well as being the company’s biggest footprint in the market. The new facility will give Lion Electric the capacity to meet increasing demand for ‘Made in America’ zero-emission vehicles and bring production closer to customers. 

It is expected that the first vehicles off the production line will be in the second half of 2022.

“Lion’s historic investment to bring its largest production facility to Illinois represents not only a win for our communities, but a strong step forward in our work to expand clean energy alternatives and the jobs they bring to our communities,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

“The new Joliet facility will put Illinois at the forefront of a national movement to transition to zero-emission vehicle use, advancing our own goals of putting one million of these cars on the road by 2030. In Illinois, we know that a clean energy economy is about more than just vehicles – it’s about healthier communities and jobs for those who live there. We are excited to welcome Lion to the Land of Lincoln and look forward to their future success here.”

Lion Electric’s Agreement with the Government of Illinois

Over the next three years, Lion Electric will invest a minimum of US$70mn into Illinois. The new facility - totalling 900,000 square feet - is expected to create a minimum of 745 clean energy direct jobs in the next three years, and have an annual production capacity of up to 20,000 all electric buses and trucks.

Scaling electric bus production and decarbonising freight and transportation

As the US moves to electrifying its school buses, the additional production capacity at the facility will help Lion Electric to scale its electric bus production, as well as produce an increased volume of heavy-duty zero-emission trucks to help governments and operators in the US further the decarbonisation of freight and transportation fleets.

“Lion is the leader in electric school buses and has always been dedicated to the U.S. market, and our commitment to be close to our customers is one of the core values we have as a company. This significant expansion into the U.S. market will not only allow us to drastically increase our overall manufacturing capacity of electric trucks and buses but to also better serve our customers, while adding critical clean manufacturing jobs that will form the backbone of the green economy,” said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion.

“I also want to acknowledge the crucial role that P33 and Intersect Illinois, civic groups committed to developing developing a long-term roadmap for the local tech industry, played in connecting Lion with the Chicago area’s business and civic community to help further commercial traction, as well as engagement with key workforce and supplier partners.” 

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