NASA has awarded GE Aerospace a contract for Phase 2 of the Hybrid Thermally Efficient Core (HyTEC) program, supporting continued technology development for the next-generation of commercial aircraft engines with the aim to significantly improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions compared to engines today.
The new contract builds on work completed in Phase 1 of HyTEC for high-pressure compressor and high-pressure turbine advanced aerodynamics, as well as the combustor.
“We are grateful and proud to collaborate with NASA to invent the future of flight. With the HyTEC program, GE Aerospace looks to further advance aircraft engine core technologies beyond our current industry-leading propulsion systems for a once-in-a-generation improvement in fuel efficiency,” said Mohamed Ali, vice president of engineering for GE Aerospace.
Phase 2 will mature technologies for a core demonstrator test later this decade. Testing will also expand to include 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) combustion evaluation.
Additionally, GE Aerospace will further advance the state-of-the-art for engine integration of hybrid electric systems. Hybrid electric testing under HyTEC Phase 2 builds on GE Aerospace’s ongoing efforts to develop more electric engines, including the previously awarded NASA Turbofan Engine Power Extraction Demonstration under the first phase of HyTEC.
GE Aerospace and NASA have partnered for more than 50 years to accelerate the introduction of new innovations to the aviation industry. HyTEC Phase 2 is a major demonstration within NASA’s Sustainable Flight National Partnership portfolio that will contribute to the U.S. goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Currently, GE Aerospace is executing one of the most comprehensive technology demonstration roadmaps in the industry. More than 100 tests have been completed as part of CFM International’s RISE* (Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines) program. The RISE program encompasses a suite of new aviation engine technology developments to increase propulsive and thermal efficiency, including open fan engine architecture and engine compact core work supported through HyTEC. The RISE program targets more than 20% improved fuel efficiency and 20% fewer CO2 emissions by the mid-2030s compared to the most efficient engines today.