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Alternative Fuels and Biofuels for Aircraft Development

Objective

ALFA-BIRD aims at developing the use of alternative fuels in aeronautics. In a context where the price of oil is increasing and with impact of fossil fuels on climate change, the sustainable growth of the civil aviation is conditioned by the respect of the environment. In this context, using biofuels and alternative fuels in aeronautics is a great challenge, since the operational constraints (e.g. flight in very cold conditions) are very strict, and due to the long lifetime of current civil aircraft (almost 50 years). To address this challenge, ALFA-BIRD gathers a multi-disciplinary consortium with key industrial partners from aeronautics (engine manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers) and fuel industry, and research organisation covering a large spectrum of expertise in the fields of aeronautics, biochemistry, combustion as well as industrial safety. Bringing together their knowledge, the consortium will develop the whole chain for clean alternative fuels for aviation. The most promising solutions will be examined during the project, from classical ones (plant oils, synthetic fuels) to the most innovative, such as new organic molecules. Based on a first selection of the most relevant alternative fuels, a detailed analysis of up to 5 new fuels will be performed with tests in realistic conditions. Then, at the end of the project, the review of the performance of these new alternative fuels will be made regarding the economical, environmental and technical efficiency. Based on this result the most relevant strategy for future alternative fuels for aircraft will be defined, as well as an implementation plan and industrial applications. The impact of such a project will be of first importance for the evolution of aviation within the next 5 decades. Developing alternative fuels will improve each country’s energy independence, lessen global-warming effects, and soften the economic uncertainty of crude oil peaking.

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2007-RTD-1
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Coordinator

EUROPEAN RISK & RESILIENCE INSTITUTE (EU-VRI) EWIV
Address
Fangelsbachstrasse 14
70178 Stuttgart
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 888 300
Administrative Contact
Snezana Jovanovic (Dr.)

Participants (23)

AIRBUS
France
EU contribution
€ 93 950
Address
2 Rond Point Emile Dewoitine
31700 Blagnac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thierry Picot (Mr.)
AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 357 023
Address
Pegasus House, Aerospace Avenue, Filton
BS34 7PA Bristol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Jones (Mr.)
AVIO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 28 386
Address
Via Antonio Salandra N18
00187 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Massimo Negro (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 467 574
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Josette Roger (Ms.)
TECHNOLOGICA GROUP - EUROPEAN TECHNICAL JOINT VENTURE CVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 204 485
Address
Cipalstraat - Innotek Building 3
2440 Geel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Walter Bogaerts (Prof.)
DASSAULT AVIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 63 497
Address
9 Rond Point Champs-elysees-marcel Dassault
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claire Lallemand (Ms.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 824 462
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Matthias Maurer (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS
France
EU contribution
€ 566 197
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
60550 Verneuil En Halatte
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michel Demissy (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE TOULOUSE
France
EU contribution
€ 341 610
Address
Avenue De Rangueil 135
31077 Toulouse
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Combebiac (Mr.)
IFP Energies nouvelles
France
EU contribution
€ 688 212
Address
Avenue De Bois Preau 1 & 4
92500 Rueil Malmaison
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gaele Valet (Ms.)
LESAFFRE INTERNATIONAL SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 60 216
Address
Rue Gabriel Peri 137
59700 Marcq En Baroeul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean Luc Fuentes (Dr.)
MTU AERO ENGINES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 26 300
Address
Dachauer Strasse, 665
80995 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephan Servaty (Mr.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 825 949
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Brigitte Giacomi (Ms.)
ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 44 194
Address
Kings Place 90 York Way
N1 9FX London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christopher Lewis (Mr.)
SASOL TECHNOLOGY (PTY.) LIMITED
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 76 203
Address
Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank
2196 Johannesburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carl Louis Viljoen (Mr.)
SHELL AVIATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Shell Centre
SE17NA London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Midgley (Mr.)
SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
France
EU contribution
€ 29 364
Address
Bvd Du General Martial Valin 2
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Houel (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 414 537
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christopher William Wilson (Prof.)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 273 288
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nikolaos Zarzalis (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 278 442
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franz Heitmeir (Prof.)
THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Canada
Address
Kings College Circle 27
M5S 1A1 Toronto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jennifer Macinnis (Ms.)
AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 216 372
Address
Route De Bayonne 316
31060 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thierry Picot (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 54 124
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patrick Le Brenn (Mr.)