With fuel prices steadily rising and given the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, Dassault Aviation is taking part in the European Alfa-BIRD project together with the main players working on alternative fuels for use instead of or in conjunction with conventional jet fuel.
Use of biofuels and synthetic fuels is a major challenge, given the conditions of use and the severe restrictions involved.
The general aim of Alfa-BIRD is the technical development and economic assessment of these alternative fuels. It covers a number of areas, including:
- Study of possible alternative fuels for use in aviation;
- Chemical analysis of the “best” fuel;
- Improved formulation of biofuels;
- New injection systems;
- Modeling of injection and combustion;
- Compatibility with aircraft fuel systems;
- Production of new fuels.
The participants in this program represent all disciplines. A dozen research organizations are involved alongside producers of fuels (Shell, Sasol), engines (Snecma, Rolls-Royce) and aircraft (Airbus, Avio Spa).
Dassault Aviation takes part as aircraft manufacturer representing the business aircraft segment and focuses particularly on “compatibility with aircraft fuel systems”.