UK Jet Zero Council funds zero emission infrastructure R&D
The UK government-backed Jet Zero Council on Wednesday launched the first stage of a £ 3million ($ 4.1million) Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure (ZEFI) competition to boost development systems needed to support the commercial operation of electrical and hydrogen systems. plane. The new funding will be available in installments of £ 50,000 for at least a dozen companies and universities working on technologies such as electric charging points and the storage and delivery of hydrogen fuel.
The Connected Places Catapult is organizing the ZEFI competition on behalf of the Ministry of Transport as part of the Transport Research and Innovation Fellowship. Approved areas of work also include batteries and airside use of green hydrogen and electricity at UK airports.
Since the Joint Government-Industry Jet Zero Council began in July 2020, total funding allocated to projects helping the country’s airline industry meet the government’s goal of a net zero carbon emissions score. ‘by 2050 totaled £20 millions. The council also funded work on sustainable propulsion systems for aviation fuel and hydrogen.
This week, IAG’s cargo division, a member of the Jet Zero Council, made a first flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel made from recycled cooking oil. Operated in partnership with logistics group Kuehne and Nagel, the British Airways Boeing 787-9 flew from Stuttgart, Germany to Atlanta. This move was part of a charter reservation to transport auto parts across the Atlantic, and IAG has secured an initial supply of 1.2 million liters of fuel produced by Neste.
“International Airlines Group was the first European airline group to commit to fueling 10% of its flights with sustainable aviation fuel by 2030,” commented John Cheetham, Commercial Director of IAG Cargo. “These charters mark IAG Cargo’s first step on this journey, and we are incredibly proud of our commitment to long-term sustainability, helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint.