The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unveiled plans to set up a new facility to develop alternative jet fuels.
The FAA has selected a team of 15 universities to lead the new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE), including Washington State University, the University of Hawaii and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It will work together with these institutions to explore ways to reduce aviation emissions and develop new fuels.
“This innovative partnership supports President Obama’s national plan to address climate change,” said US transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx.
“The Center of Excellence will tap talented universities to help us take environmentally friendly, alternative jet fuel technology to the next level. Airlines and their customers will both benefit from their work developing cleaner fuel that supports the environment and continued aviation growth.”
Research and development efforts will focus on meeting US government targets for noise, air quality, climate change and energy. Areas of study will include new aircraft technologies and sustainable alternative aviation jet fuels. Research projects will be led by senior scientists from the universities as well as graduate-level and undergraduate students.
“The FAA continues its goal to improve National Airspace System energy efficiency by at least 2% per year, and to develop and deploy alternative jet fuels for commercial aviation, with a target of one billion gallons of alternate jet fuel in use by 2018,” said FAA administrator, Michael Huerta. “This Center of Excellence is a valuable tool to provide the critical data we need to reach these goals.”