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Clean Sky 2 - Nice to meet you, where you been?

The KTN organised Clean Sky 2 Information Day on 15 December Clean - held at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills headquarters in London - was one of a series of such information days across Europe to promote national participation in a 'third wave' of calls under the EU Clean Sky 2 Programme.

The event, hosted by KTN's Mark Matchett (right), provided an overview of the opportunities presented to the aerospace sector by Clean Sky 2, an EU Commission programme within Horizon 2020, that looks to create more resource-efficient air transport that respects the environment, 'while helping ensure safe and seamless mobility, and to build industrial leadership'. Over €95 million of funding is currently on offer in open calls for proposals, relating to Large Passenger Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, Fast Rotorcraft, Airframe, Engines and Systems.

Several speakers noted relatively low UK engagement in terms of succesful applications in previous calls, at least outside academia. Nonetheless, eighty plus businesses and other organisations were represented at the KTN organised information day - reportedly four times the attendance of the Brussels equivalent held the week beforehand.


Overview of UK aviation R&D - Chris Aries of BIS

The UK Aerospace Industry was characterised as a “manufacturing crown jewel”, by Chris Aries, Programme Manager at BIS.

Grossing an annual turnover of £24 billion, it is the second largest in world after US, with a 17% Global Market Share, supporting over 100,000 direct jobs, and around 130,000 indirect jobs.

In his presentation Chris Aries covered the BIS position on UK Aerospace Programme Characteristics, The Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), Drivers and Criteria to Support the Technology Portfolio, an update on the The Aerospace Technology Institute, and its Portfolio Justification.

Presentation by Chris Aries of BIS


UK National Programmes from Innovate UK - Simon Masters Innovate UK

Simon Masters, Lead Technologist - Aerospace at Innovate UK, outlined relevant UK National Programmes, including its HITEA 3: Game-changing technologies for aerospace competition that closed in November, the Strategic Research and Technology Projects of ATI, and Aerodays 2015.


Rob Furlong, Introducing the Knowledge Transfer Network

Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) supports Innovate UK’s mission to stimulate Innovation. It connects people in order to speed up innovation, solve problems and find markets for new ideas.

KTN provides support by linking partners to other parts of the innovation landscape, particularly across sectors. It also signposts and supports relevant opportunities, Informs strategy, and provides knowledge, via its websites and free newsletters.

Presentation by Rob Furlong of KTN



General Overview of the Clean Sky 2 Programme

Suggesting that UK engagement, by SMEs in particualr, in Clean Sky 2 “could be better”, Ron van Manen, CleanSky2 Programme Manager, welcomed the attendees representing the UK aerospace industry (indeed, the number 2 aerospace industry in the world) - or, as he suggested Taylor Swift might sing, “Nice to meet you, Where you been?”.

Clean Sky 2 is a Public Private Partnership between the European Commission and the European aeronautics industry. It is a JTI (Joint Technology Initiative) initiated in 2008 and managed by the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking (CSJU).

The CSJU is tasked with delivery of 'demonstrators' in all segments of civil air transport, grouped into six technological areas called 'Integrated Technology Demonstrators' (ITD).

Clean Sky 1 (CS1) in 2008 had a budget of €1.6 billion, contributed to on a 50/50 basis by the Commission and the aeronautical industry (in-kind contribution). ITD Leaders commit up to 50%, Associates members up to 25% and Partners (through Call for Proposals) a minimum of 25%.

Clean Sky 2 (CS2) had agreed EU funding of €1.755 BN (€1.716BN after running costs), and touches on energy, efficiency and the environment and industrial leadership. Up to 40% is reserved for CS2 leaders, and 60% is to be disbursed (over €1BN) through open calls.

It is designed to connect businesses not otherwise capable of bidding for contracts at a national level.

The long term goal to 2050 - with a mid-point of 2035 - is 75% reduction in aircraft fuel burn and CO2 emissions, 90% reduction in NOx, and two thirds reduction in noise.

The first wave of CS2 was in Q4 of 2014, and the second in Q1 of 2015.

The third call for core partners opened on 22 October 2015, and closes on 4 February 2016 - with total offered funding of around €95.9 million in 22 topics. Applicants are required to submit a proposal via an online template, the questions and evaluation criteria for which was examined in detail in Ron’s presentation.

Experts will evaluate the applications on the of basis excellence (relevant to the topic), impact and quality and efficiency of the implementation.

Applications can be submitted by single entities, a consortia of entities or clusters (when established as a legal entity).

An evaluation phase will follow in March to May 2016, for an indicative start date of activities after September 2016 (TBC).

Clean Sky is looking for as many applications as possible. Ron’s advice was to read the 1000 pages of documentation “concentrically”, i.e. not cover to cover, but by looking up  topics of interest via the contents page at the beginning. He also suggested that UK applicants use English to their benefit within the template structure (designed to help evaluation) - and not to use any templates that had been previously published.

The overall message to applicants is to make sure bidders prepare a management structure to provide a coherent entity, adding, “Get stuck in … a good idea that aligns with the roadmap will find its place”.

General Overview of the Clean Sky 2 Programme - Principles and Practical Guidance Clean Sky 2 Call for Core Partners by Ron Van Manen, Clean Sky 2 Programme Manager


Elevator Pitch Session 1 - Facilitated by Rob Furlong - KTN

Antonio Torres da Costa, Active Space Technologies

Active Space Technologies offers electro-mechanical systems for extreme harsh environments such as instruments and mechanisms, actuators, and wireless sensing systems.

It has interest in calls in integration of telemetry systems directed “at the measuring spot”. Specific calls where it has interests are: CPW03-ENG-03-03: VHBR Engine - HP Turbine Technology; CPW03-FRC-02-04: LifeRCraft Main Gear Box; CPW03-FRC-02-05: Electrical Wiring Interconnection System for a compound fast rotorcraft and CPW03-FRC-02-06: Innovative actuators for compound rotorcraft flight control.

Active Space Technologies presentation

Ben Fox, Aero Stanrew

Aero Stanrew Limited, based in the south west of England, specialises in the design & manufacture of ruggedised electromagnetic components and electronic systems for harsh environments and safety critical applications.

It is looking to work with partners on developing systems for the “more electric aircraft".

The company’s innovations are in smaller, lighter more efficient electromagnetics and associated electronic circuits; and prognosis/diagnosis in on-board electronics.

Aero Stanrew Elevator Pitch

Mike Drummond, Argenta Europ Ltd

Argenta Europ is an “innovation agent” - offering a consortia of technology companies.

It is currently participating in the Innovate UK Aircraft Maintenance Repair & Overhaul Configuration Capture System project.

It is seeking companies / consortia interested in the combined or individual technologies for integration into forthcoming project submissions; and companies interested in engaging with the AMROCCS consortium as Strategy Board Member or Open Innovation Ecosystem Associate.

Argenta Elevator Pitch

James Domone, Atkins

Atkins has an aerospace devision that provides aerospace engineering solutions for over 15 years, with approximately 350 engineers across the UK, Netherlands, US and India.

Its interest for these calls are in use of ALM to support optimised design; FRP (composite) landing gear and landing gear components; and Next Generation Composite Wing incorporating aeroelastic tailoring - and it is seeking partners for manufacturing and testing; as well as partners who require advanced structural analysis.

Atkins Elevator Pitch


George Duncan, Atomic Energy Commission (France)

CEA tech - French Atomic & Alternative Energies Commission has 4500 staff and institutes working on three R&D ‘pillars’ of Technology & Systems Integration; Micro/NanoElectronics; and Nano/Smart Materials & Renewables.

It is seeking expansion of its bilateral industry platforms and co-/ro-botic pilot- scale mutualised platforms.

Atomic Energy Commission Elevator Pitch


Yuchun Xu, Cranfield University

Yuchun Xu, satted that Cranfield University offers services in Cost Engineering; Cost estimation and analysis; Cost reduction; Cost-effective design; Life Cycle Cost assessment and Multi-disciplinary design optimisation.

Cranfield University Elevator Pitch

Peter Russhard, EMTD Ltd

EMTD Ltd provides access to the latest in Blade Tip Timing (BTT) acquisition and analysis techniques. It is offering a system for assessing blade health and deciding on a course of action in real time, and is looking for collaborators in developing flight based Blade Health Monitoring.

EMTD Elevator Pitch

David Jai-Persad, University of Greenwich Fire Safety Engineering Group

Fire Safety Engineering Group claims to be Europe’s largest university-based fire/evacuation modelling research team. It offers software tools to test materials, designs, passenger and crew emergency egress procedures without neeing human trials. Its airEXODUS and SMARTFIRE products are used to investigate aircraft accidents; design and certification analysis; for aircraft from A380 to Mitsubishi Regional jet, and in EU Projects FP4 to Horizon 2020.

It is seeking core partners responsible for designing, manufacturing and certification of fuselage and airframe, new materials and equipment.

Fire Safety Engineering Group Elevator Pitch

Michel Goulain: Overview of Clean Sky 2 - Principles of the Clean Sky 2 Call for Core Partners

Michel Goulain, CS2 Project Officer, covered in further depth the topics of the 22 calls with indicative value of €95.9 million.

Principles of the Clean Sky 2 Call for Core Partners - Innovation Takes Off, by Michel Goulain, Clean Sky 2 Project Officer






Ric Parker, Rolls Royce

Ric Parker, Director of Research & Technology Rolls-Royce plc - as chair of the Board of the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking - provided his personal reflection on CS2 and on why he considers it important that the UK takes a more active role.

CS2 is important for the environment as, despite air transport now contributing just 2% of CO2 emissions at present, if the current 9% industry growth rate continues the emissions contribution could reach 30%, "and then people would really take notice".

Flightpath 2050 is seeking a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions per km, 90% in NOx, and a 65% reduction in noise.

Clean Sky 2 is also important, he said, as its total budget from 2014 to 2022 is €4BN (compared to €1.6BN for CS1) - made up of European Commission, industry and national programmes.

A difference in CS2 is the promotion of platform level demonstrators, and that 36% of participation and funding has, so far, gone to SMEs, two thirds of which had never participated before.

SMEs are allowed to bid on their own, or as co-partners in a consortium. “We’re hoping for 800 participants now the funding has more than doubled”.

Cited success stories of Clean Sky were:

  • One piece barrel demo - a demo of 90-seat advanced turboprop aircraft
  • ALPS - Rolls-Royce Advanced Low Pressure System composite carbon/titanium (CTi) fan blade for the Advance and UltraFan engine designs. A set of the CTi fan blades successfully completed a first flight in 2014 incorporated into a Trent 1000 "donor" engine, on a Rolls-Royce test bed at Tucson, Arizona, USA.
  • Advanced Flight Management Systems - Multi Criteria Departure Procedure (MCDP).
  • TECH800 demonstration for future helicopter turboshaft engine. - offering a 15% benefit in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to the year 2000 state of the art.

According to Ric, “There’s room for people with interesting technology to come along and see if it applies to aerospace.”


Elevator Pitch Session 2 - Facilitated by Rob Furlong - KTN

With that in mind, Rob Furlong chaired a second round of quick fire, 2 minute company pitches.

Frank Neumann; Institute for Infrastructure, Environment and Innovation

The Institute for Infrastructure, Environment and Innovation is a private nonprofit based in Brussels, Belgium, with additional offices in the Netherlands. It may apply to CS2 at a later date but its interest is implementing a co-operation focused on sustainability between stakeholders for improving CO2 and Environmental Performance of Large New Passenger Planes. It also has an interest in HMI.

Institute for Infrastructure, Environment and Innovation Elevator Pitch

Kalyan Hazra, National Composites Centre

www.nccuk.com is already involved in one Clean Sky programme, and is interested in anything to do with polymer composites, also in provision of training and skills.

It has expertise to offer in Automated preform manufacture and heating systems for composite processing, and is seeking criss-sectoral partners.

NCC Elevator Pitch

Vassili Toropov, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Queen Mary University of London

In 1907 Queen Mary University offered the first aeronautical engineering course in the world. It now claims particular expertise in composite optimisation and fluids, and is involved in the EU projects ALASCA, PoLaRBEAR on anisogrid aircraft structures.

Relvant to the calls, it also offers expertise in design optimisation.

Vassili Toropov Presentation

Youn Park, Romax Technology

Romax Technology provides expertise in software, analysis and services for gearbox, bearings and driveline systems.

It can offer design/analysis service for rotating components, and wants to get involved in helicopter gearbox design and analysis, and to help make More Electric Aircraft possible.

Romax Elevator Pitch

Roger Gardner, University of Southampton

University of Southampton has over 50 staff researching aerospace related topics. It’s involved in a number of CS1 and CS2 bids and projects, and can act as bid manager and/or act as project coordinator.

University of Southampton Elevator Pitch

Stephen Kyle-Henney, TISICS Limited

TISICS develops and produces light high performance Aluminium and Titanium composites, offering weight reduction of 30% to 70%, corrosion resistance and very high compression strength.

It is seeking customers seeking lighter components, and supply chain partners for production.

TISICS Elevator Pitch

Alper Aktas, NPL

NPL is The UK’s Measurement Institute responsible for UK Measurement Strategy. It can offer expertise in Liquid Composite Moulding (LCM) facilities (RTM & VARTM); Permeability and compressibility; Resin characterisation, Cure kinetics and Cure cycle optimisation; Online process monitoring techniques and Measurement, validation, simulation.

NPL Elevator Pitch

Richard Boyd, Altair Engineering

Altair Engineering develops simulation technology to optimise designs, processes and decisions. It offers its people, well versed in products and aerospace. It offers a automative design optimisation process that can be applied to aerospace for lighter designs and cost savings.


Ian Bacon, AeroMobil

AeroMobil's product is a flying car, that made its maiden flight in September last year. The compnay is an SME based in Slovakia with a UK presence. Take-Off mass is not more than 600 kg and the AeroMobil 3.0 prototype in the current engine configuration (Rotax 912) uses standard unleaded automobile fuel.

“This will change the world, and will be a genuine UK innovation we should get behind.”


Presentations by Aerospace Technologies Institute


Malcolm Scott, Corporate Development Officer, ATI


Malcolm Scott’s responsibility at ATI is for relations with the UK government and European institutions.

He said, now ATI has a European Affairs team and strategy in place, he's keen to develop dialogue with those involved in EU funding.







Scott Pendry, European Policy Associate, ATI

Scott Pendry considered that European funding complements ATI funding, and vice-versa.

Demand for ATI funds is over-subscribed so, where appropriate, he said it is happy to help direct companies to sources of European funding, adding “UK punches well below its weight in obtaining European funding; so clearly there is work to be done.”





Paul Clarke, Lead Technologist for Technology, Strategy and Integration, ATI

Paul Clarke provided an overview of what ATI is doing to support industry in order to be more active in Europe.

It uses a software product called Sharpcloud to "interact with individual calls".






Closing Remarks, by Louise Mothersole

Closing the event, Louise summarised some highlight points to remember.

  • The closing date for submissions to H2020-CS2-CWP03-2015-02 is 4 February 2016, at 1700 Brussels time.
  • Submission and all topic descriptions can be found via the Participant Portal
  • There are 22 topics, with €95.9m total available funding
  • Read the call for core-partners 'concentrically'
  • Templates are specific to this call
  • Applicants can propose 'complementary' content
  • …and can get involved to help shape future calls

Presentation by Louise Mothersole


@transportktn @cleansky_ju very interesting day, not sure how SMEs are supposed to respond to the very large work packages

— Peter Cox-Smith (@petercs23) December 16, 2015


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