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GE, Safran Map New Jet-Engine Design for Lower-Carbon Future

  • CFM to pursue ‘open fan’ concept, hybrid-electric technology
  • Tests to begin in coming years before possible debut in 2030s
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General Electric Co. and Safran SA are teaming up to develop technologies for a new generation of jet engines, seeking a breakthrough that would cut fuel consumption by more than 20% and potentially power single-aisle planes by the middle of next decade.

The demonstration program will focus on a so-called open fan architecture, in which the engine’s blades operate without a traditional casing, as well as other techniques to boost efficiency. The longtime joint-venture partners in CFM International Inc. will also pursue hybrid-electric technology and make the engine fully compatible with sustainable aviation fuels and hydrogen.