Greenjets Secures £50K Grant to Strengthen Generative AI-Led
E-Propulsion Design Capability
Milton Keynes, UK. 18th July 2023:
Greenjets Ltd, in collaboration with the Whittle Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, has been awarded a £50K grant for a 6-month feasibility study named DATA. This project aims to develop an AI-driven design tool for e-propulsors in the aviation sector, specifically focusing on Advanced Air Mobility (drones, air taxis & electric commuter aircraft). The project is funded by Innovate UK’s flagship Bridge AI programme.
DATA, an acronym for Drone Design using AI for Transport Applications, will generate an extensive e-propulsor dataset that combines input requirements, design configurations, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) data and experimental results. This dataset will power Greenjets' proprietary design tool, BladeRunner, enabling the rapid development of future products.
Cambridge University’s Whittle Lab is a key partner in this project and has developed a novel methodology that combines rapid testing and physical parameterization. This approach not only aligns with the project's vision but, when successfully implemented, will facilitate AI-driven decision-making, significantly reducing design time and enabling Greenjets to scale production efficiently to meet customer requirements.
Rahmat Pariyan, Head of Analysis at Greenjets, stated, "Generative AI-led design has always been on our roadmap, but its effectiveness depends on the quality of the training data. With this project, we are embarking on building the most comprehensive e-propulsion dataset in the world."
Dr. James Taylor, Assistant Professor at the Whittle Laboratory, said, "This project is hugely exciting as it brings years of experience in AI driven turbomachinery research into the exciting field of e-propulsion."
About Innovate UK:
Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), anon-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. Following funding award, Innovate UK manages the programme, from contracting projects, through to completion. Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base. UKRI is the national funding agency investing in science and research in the UK. Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UKRI brings together the 7 Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.
About the Whittle Laboratory, University of Cambridge:
With 50 years of experience in turbomachinery research, the Whittle Laboratory (https://whittle.eng.cam.ac.uk/) will lead the aerodynamic design, simulation, and performance testing aspects of the project. Through support from programmes funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), such as iCore and iFan, the Whittle Laboratory has established itself as a global leader in the rapid design, manufacture and testing of turbomachinery & propulsion systems.
Greenjets is building next generation electric propulsion systems for advanced air mobility. Our ducted fan propulsion technology is the quietest, safest and most efficient of its class. Our product range extends from 2kW to 1MW – powering drones, air taxis and electric aircraft. Our team has over 300 years of deep domain knowledge carried over from Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems & Formula 1. Our team’s learnings from these experiences are reflected in our unique design & manufacturing methodology, which allow us to produce propulsion systems at an unrivalled pace.
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