The Prince of Wales to Visit the Whittle Laboratory in Cambridge



Tuesday 28th January 2020

The Prince of Wales, Royal Founding Patron of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, will visit the Whittle Laboratory, 1 JJ Thomson Ave, Cambridge CB3 0DY.

The Whittle Laboratory

The Whittle Laboratory is a power research laboratory based at the University of Cambridge. It was opened in 1973 by Sir Frank Whittle, whose original designs led to the development of today’s highly efficient systems that can power huge aircrafts over long distances. Over the last 50 years, the Whittle Laboratory has built on this heritage, playing a crucial role in shaping the propulsion and power sectors through industry partnerships with Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Siemens.

The New Whittle Laboratory will house the National Centre for Propulsion and Power, due to open in 2022 with funding from the Aerospace Technology Institute. It is designed to revolutionise technology development, making the process at least 10 times faster and cheaper, enabling rapid development for ultra-low emission aircraft and low carbon power generation, and covering around 80% of the UK’s future aerodynamic technology needs.

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (C.I.S.L.)

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (C.I.S.L.) is a globally influential institute developing leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy.

The Prince of Wales, as Royal Founding Patron, has inspired and supported many of C.I.S.L.’s initiatives including The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme, The Prince of Wales Business and Sustainability Programme and The Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group.

C.I.S.L. and The Whittle will collaborate to raise the profile of the New Whittle Laboratory’s potential to develop a world-first zero carbon flight to inspire greater industry ambition; and to develop trickle-down technologies that enable decarbonisation across the aviation industry and other sectors. C.I.S.L. will support the investment required for the New Whittle Lab and engage senior leaders in industry and government to support higher ambition decarbonisation policies.

The Whittle Laboratory and C.I.S.L. share the objective of driving a net zero economy, through academic, industry and policy leadership and collaboration; specifically, in this case, by accelerating the innovations required to decarbonise the aviation sector to Net Zero by 2050.

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