Rolls-Royce intends to continue the research and development of hybrid electric propulsion systems for the next generation of aviation in Brandenburg.
The plan is to establish development, testing and production infrastructure in Dahlewitz and Lusatia, which will create a “world-wide unique industrial system for hybrid-electric aircraft engines” in Brandenburg.
,A parallel declaration of intent was signed on Friday by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Brandenburg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Energy (MWAE). The project is funded by funds from the Coal Regions Structural Stabilization Act, the German aerospace research program and other government funds.
As part of this new program, Rolls-Royce Germany is opening a facility in Cottbus and plans to expand its research and development capabilities in Dahlewitz. According to the company, around 50 highly qualified jobs will be available in the area as early as 2021.
The work will be divided between the Dahlewitz site and the new facility, which will be located at the “Center for Hybrid Electric Systems Cottbus (CHESCO)” at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg. Dahlewitz will oversee the technical management of the projects and most of the development work will be done in Cottbus.
Rolls-Royce Germany will involve existing and new partners from Lusatia to a large extent in the development work and will continue the ongoing search for industrial partners. The Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Fraunhofer Society are scientific partners in the project.