The Federal Aviation Administration announced more than $100 million in funding on Friday to make flying more environmentally sustainable and less noisy, its first award since 2015 under a program. existed for a decade.
The grants, as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to combat climate change, will go to some of the world’s largest aviation companies, including Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell Aerospace and GE Aviation. This amount is designated for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or noise pollution. Recipients must invest at least the amount they receive from the government.
“Across the country, communities have been devastated by the impacts of climate change – but if we act now, we can ensure that aviation plays a central role in the solution, ” Transport Minister, Pete Buttigieg, said in a statement.
The nation’s biggest airlines have this year pledged to eliminate their net carbon emissions by 2050, but it’s unclear how they will achieve that goal. Electric planes that can carry several hundred people do not exist and may not be viable for years or decades. Some companies, like Boeing, say replacing or replenishing oil-based jet fuel with alternatives, sometimes made from waste, can help reduce emissions. Airbus is working on a hydrogen-powered plane. It is not clear how feasible either approach is.
President Biden has taken a series of actions to cut carbon emissions, including setting a goal of eliminating emissions from the electricity industry by 2035 and having about half of all new cars sold be electric by 2020. 2030. On Thursday, his administration set a goal to replace all jet fuel with sustainable alternatives by 2050.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said: “We enthusiastically support the approach taken by the Biden administration to our industry.
The new grants are the third round of funding under the Lower Continuity, Emissions and Noise Program, a public-private partnership that began in 2010. No grants have been granted. under former President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a “hoax”.
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The FAA has spent $225 million on such grants, which include projects to improve engine systems, wings, flight software, and alternative jet fuel. Investments have helped develop technology that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of removing about three million cars from the road by 2050, according to the agency.
GE Aviation said it and the FAA will jointly invest $55 million over the next five years to explore engine improvements, electrification, noise reduction and alternative fuels. Those efforts include exploring new motor fan designs, improved thermal management, and new combustion devices that can reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide emitted from the company’s engines.
“It just allows us to move faster,” said Arjan Hegeman, the company’s general manager for advanced technologies. “We just have too many people and too many budgets, and any form of engagement and collaboration can help us get more done and bring some of these key technologies to maturity sooner, and It’s just a great opportunity that’s earlier on the market.”
Hegeman said some of the technologies under development today could appear in finished products by the end of the decade or soon after.
Delta Air Lines’ maintenance, repair and overhaul division and others plan to use the funding to develop better coatings for engine propellers to reduce fuel use and prolong the life of the engine.
“Like our mission to safer skies, sustainable flying requires us to constantly find ways to improve,” FAA administrator Steve Dickson, a former Delta pilot, said in a statement. An announcement.
United Airlines and Honeywell alone on Thursday announced investments in Alder Fuels, a maker of alternative jet fuels. United said it would buy 1.5 billion gallons of fuel.