EcoWeek,  March 8, 2004

TPC funding will help Rolls-Royce Canada develop low-emission gas turbine engines

A $30-million investment from Industry Canada's Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) program, will help Rolls-Royce Canada (RRC) develop economical, medium-sized (25 to 35 megawatts) industrial gas turbine engines with exceptionally high levels of thermal efficiency and significantly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The project, part of a $122.5-million research and development initiative by the Montreal-based company, complements and builds on the technology being developed under another TPC-supported initiative with RRC, announced in July 2000. This involves the development of the larger industrial aeroderivative Trent engines, which can generate up to 60 megawatts of power.

The gas turbines being developed as part of this initiative could gradually replace more polluting fuels and plants in the generation of electrical power. It is anticipated that the competitive costing of these new efficient gas turbines will make them more accessible in the marketplace to end users.

This technology will provide a technical solution to the growing demand for power generation and compression in the oil and gas sector, while meeting rigorous environmental standards. The resulting environmental efficiencies will enable the reduction of air pollution and greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.

"As a result of this TPC investment, Rolls-Royce plc has established an expanded Centre of Excellence for industrial gas turbine engines, making Canada a world leader in this field," said Rolls-Royce Canada president Pierre Racine. "The technology we create today will serve as the platform upon which future product lines can be generated."

Technology Partnerships Canada, a special operating agency of Industry Canada, acts as a catalyst, investing strategically to accelerate the successful development of key technologies which will yield both economic and environmental benefits.

More information is available on the Technology Partnerships Canada Web site,

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