Showcasing the Best of Welsh Business


Contributing to a More Sustainable Future for the Aeronautical Industry


In a recent interview with Rob Bolam, a reader in Aeronautical engineering at Wrexham University, we gained insight into the groundbreaking Fast Fan Project. This venture, born out of a Welsh Government initiative to achieve net-zero emissions, seeks to revolutionise aircraft propulsion.

Traditional hub-driven propulsive devices limit both speed and energy efficiency. However, the Fast Fan, a rim-driven fan, offers a remarkable solution. By channelling high-pressure airflow, it enables speeds approaching sonic velocity, essentially creating an electrical jet engine. The project, a collaboration between six industrial partners, has already produced a prototype, with plans to transition it from a lab setting to flight testing.

The environmental benefits are striking – zero emissions, exceptional efficiency, and a pivotal step towards sustainable aviation. As the aviation industry increasingly embraces electric propulsion, the Fast Fan is positioned to power high-speed aircraft, including regional airliners and business jets.

Wrexham University's commitment to community engagement and training ensures a bright future for aeronautical innovation. Through partnerships and cutting-edge research, the Fast Fan Project is steering aviation into a more sustainable and efficient era.

Find out how the Enterprise Team at Wrexham University can support your business 


The Enterprise Team at WGU are here to support you and your business to grow and thrive.

Whether this is through Innovation, Funding, Training and Development, Placements, Projects or Graduate/Student recruitment, we are your ‘one stop shop’ for any and all business needs. Our dynamic and experienced team are here to support you and your employees.

Wrexham University sits at the heart of the business community in North Wales. We actively work with organisations of all sizes and sectors, from small start-up enterprises to global corporations, and have a great track record of offering high-quality business support.

A partnership with Wrexham University can bring genuine benefits to your business, through shared knowledge and expertise to the recruitment of talented graduates into the workforce. We understand that all businesses have different needs, and we have a dedicated business development team who will tailor the right support for yours.

Working together, we can help to achieve your business and strategic goals.


Related Articles

Business News Wales