London-based NetJets Europe has started a Climate Initiative to neutralize carbon emissions from all company activities by 2012. The company is investing in technological innovations designed to bring about changes in the environmental impact of aviation. NetJets is supporting research at Princeton University in an effort to develop an ultra-low emissions jet fuel. “We want to fix the problem, not just mitigate it,” says Mark Booth, chairman and CEO of NetJets Europe. “We are tackling issues in a meaningful way today, but our ultimate objective is to help find a solution to aircraft emissions long term.”
In the effort to find long-term solutions to aviation’s environmental challenges, NetJets is funding the Next Generation Jet Fuel Project at Princeton’s Dept. of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. The project will identify the most promising ways to develop and commercialize green aviation fuel technology. The project will apply what is being learned in related research on bio-fuels and alternative jet fuels to its business jets with the goal of developing an ultra-low emissions jet fuel.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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