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Sustainable aerospace - technology for the environment

As a major producer of greenhouse gases the aerospace industry has a special responsibility to investigate the ways in which technology can improve production and aircraft efficiency, reduce potentially harmful emissions, and improve recyclability.

On this page we draw together a fund of relevant journal articles and news releases.

Latest news:

10, 2018 Innovasonic and Spike Aerospace announce agreement to explore ultrasonic self-cleaning technology for the aerospace market
20, 2016 Boeing celebrates grand opening of 777X composite wing center
19, 2014 Rolls-Royce selected to power new Gulfstream G650ER
19, 2014 Daher-Socata, a tier-1 partner in the new Falcon 8X programme
4, 2014 EOS and Airbus Group Innovations team on aerospace sustainability study for industrial 3D printing
14, 2014 New composite EMI shields deliver lightweight alternative to metal EMI covers
16, 2013 Elbit Systems to supply advanced helmet mounted systems for Korean Utility Helicopter
24, 2013 Bell Helicopter reduces electrical systems integration time using Capital software from Mentor Graphics
4, 2013 First New Citation Sovereign rolls out of Cessna assembly
19, 2010 GE Aviation's TechX engine selected to power Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets
9, 2010 EADS flies world's 1st plane powered with biofuel based on algae
16, 2009 Goodrich selected by Rolls-Royce to develop fuel nozzles for next generation aircraft engines
14, 2009 Boeing, Honeywell's UOP and Government of Mexico launch research and advocacy collaboration to drive commercial use of sustainable aviation fuels
9, 2009 Intelligent Energy's multi-functional fuel cell system unveiled at Airbus, Hamburg
29, 2009 Airbus welcomes 50 per cent synthetic fuel milestone
13, 2009 Boeing and leading airlines announce new members added to Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group
26, 2009 Dassault Systèmes and Solar Impulse for sustainable living
26, 2009 Statement by AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey on approval of alternative jet fuel specification
17, 2009 Pratt & Whitney endorses industry research that could lead to biojet fuel certification
17, 2009 Boeing and industry study shows biofuels perform effectively as jet fuel
15, 2009 Alcan showcases innovative aluminium solutions for the worldwide aerospace industry at Paris Air Show
15, 2009 Bell Helicopter announces new eco-innovation initiative
12, 2009 Hawker Beechcraft sets industry standard for sustainability
22, 2009 Hawker Beechcraft marks industry-first test flight on sustainable fuel
20, 2009 Alternative fuel used in successful operation of Williams International FJ44 gas turbine engine
20, 2009 PPG Aerospace develops chromate-free, fast-curing aircraft windshield sealant
10, 2009 GE Aviation entering new propulsion era with multiple R&D programs
2, 2009 Flight Design presents new propulsion system; green power proof of concept to debut at Aero
25, 2009 Hawker Beechcraft leads formation of Wichita sustainability coalition
18, 2009 Boeing achieves major environmental certification goal
11, 2009 Onera named prime contractor for SWAFEA alternative fuel study
30, 2009 JAL flight brings aviation one step closer to using biofuel
30, 2009 MTU Aero Engines shares in Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative
16, 2009 Volvo Aero assigned role in new type of aircraft engine that cuts fuel consumption significantly
7, 2009 Continental Airlines flight demonstrates use of Sustainable Biofuels as energy source for jet travel
19, 2008 Volvo Aero's high-performance, low-pressure compressor passed testing
16, 2008 JAL biofuel demo flight first to use energy crop camelina
28, 2008 Rolls-Royce secures €135 million to develop new engine demonstrators
14, 2008 Goodrich designated Gold Leader by Colorado's Environmental Leadership Program
11, 2008 Air New Zealand and Boeing announce December date for sustainable biofuels test flight
1, 2008 Green Flight International record-setting biofuel-powered jet flight
24, 2008 GE and NASA to initiate wind-tunnel testing for open rotor jet engine systems 
13, 2008 Launch of the "Systems for Green Operations" research work within the European Clean Sky Project
10, 2008 Volvo Aero's lightweight technology passed the important Fan Blade Out test
3, 2008 Goodrich facility in Tennessee receives state's top environmental achievement award
1, 2008 First flight powered by a fuel cell: BASF components show potential for new applications in airplanes
24, 2008 Boeing joins aviation, energy and academic leaders to accelerate development and availability of sustainable biofuels
23, 2008 Solazyme produces world's first algal-based jet fuel - fuel passes all tested specifications including the most critical ASTM D1655 specifications
12, 2008 CTA organizes the 12th Workshop of the Aeroacoustics Specialists´ Committee of CEAS
12, 2008 Goodrich to evaluate effects of alternate fuels for U.S. Air Force aircraft
10, 2008 Europe's aerospace industry meets in Trollhattan to discuss environmentally friendlier aircraft engines
9, 2008 Exceptional tool life from new hybrid emulsion
8, 2008 Eurocopter to chair eco design consortium - open invitation to first meeting
14, 2008 NASA evaluates fiber optic technology for future aircraft efficiency

From our Journal archive:

Embraer steps up environmental efforts
Hopes are high for 'greener' air-conditioning system
Research focuses on potential of 'drop in' replacements
Virgin Atlantic targets a commercial airline bio-first
Embraer pledges commitment to ‘sustainable growth’
Airbus introduces more eco-friendly paint job
Marine algae seen as providing a promising pool of alternative fuel
Alternative commercial aircraft fuels for the short, medium and long-term
Airframers step up the search for commercially viable clean aviation fuels
Manufacturer prepares electric Hy-Bird for round-the-world flight for the environment
European manufacturers see the green light at the end of the environmentally friendly aircraft development tunnel
Aircraft manufacturers seek green light for eco development
University's 'Greenliner' an advanced study in saving the environment
Aircraft manufacturers urged to reduce carbon footprints
All systems go for research into greener jets
Airbus patent protects greenfire extinguishing system innovations
Reverse research psychology thrusts silent aircraft forward
Green factory of the future advances
Green engine project set to go ahead
Hot on the anti-ice trail
Seven aerospace manufacturers to work on 'green' aircraft technology breakthroughs
Designers wing way to better and faster aircraft
DLR lays plans to develop next generation green aircraft
Landmark date for 'silent' plane
Project launched to develop motor for all-electric aircraft
Researchers propose solution for recycling carbon fibre
Small player cast among the giants for software development project
Embraer adds milk cartons to recycling programme

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