BOSCH, Germany — The maker of a futuristic jet engine says it will supply 600,000 kilowatts of electric power to the world’s first “fantasic” jet engine.
Bosch will supply the 600kW power supply from a prototype in the U.K. for a British airline.
The jet engine, which is capable of carrying up to 400,000lb (240,000kg) of thrust, was invented by Bosch in collaboration with German industrial firm Graco in the 1990s.
Boscas chief executive Jens Schlumberger said the company will produce about 200,000 kW of electricity by 2020.
He said the jet engine will be capable of powering the Airbus A380 aircraft.
“We think it’s really exciting.
It’s the next step in what the company has been thinking about for many years,” Schlumbergers told a news conference Tuesday.
“The company is still working on the specifics of the aircraft, but we have a very realistic possibility of this coming to market within the next few years.”
The engine was designed to be used in aircraft that are designed to fly more than 2,500 miles (3,500 kilometers) at a speed of 1,800 mph (1,800 km/h).
It has the potential to power the next generation of super-fast passenger planes, which can go from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than seven hours.
Schlumberger told reporters the company had a very good track record of delivering power to customers in the United Kingdom.
He declined to provide a timeframe for the next aircraft it will deliver power to.
The company has sold more than 60,000 turbines and turbine generators to Boeing and Lockheed Martin.