First Ever In-Flight 100% SAF Emissions Study on Passenger Jet

March 24, 2021 — A team of aviation leaders has launched the first in-flight emissions study using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraft. This study is part of the Emission and Climate Impact of Alternative Fuels (ECLIF3) project. Airbus, DLR, Rolls-Royce, and Neste are collaborating on the project. Findings from the study will support efforts that are currently in development at Rolls-Royce and Airbus to ensure the aviation sector is ready for large-scale SAF use. The in-flight emissions tests are due to start in April and continue throughout the following months using DLR’s Falcon 20-E “chase plane” to carry out measurements to calculate impact of SAF on emissions. These tests will compare emissions from the use of 100% SAF produced with hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) technology against emissions from fossil kerosene and low-sulphur kerosene.

More details about this study can be found here.

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