$100 Million Given for Aircraft Emissions Technology

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By Anthony Adragna

Sept. 8 — The Federal Aviation Administration announced Sept. 8 it awarded $100 million to eight companies to create and demonstrate technologies that will reduce aircraft fuel consumption, emissions and noise.

Those grants represent the second phase of the Federal Aviation Administration's Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN II) program, which seeks to promote a more energy efficient and lower greenhouse gas emitting aviation industry.

Companies agreed to match or exceed the federal funding, meaning at least $200 million will go toward the development of new technologies. The new investments also come as the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed finding that aircraft emissions endanger human health and the environment and should be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

“By partnering with private industry on advancing the next generation of aviation technologies, the department is helping shape a world-class transit system that is efficient and environmentally sustainable,” Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation, said in an e-mailed statement.

Recipients of the contracts are Aurora Flight Sciences, Boeing Co., General Electric Aviation, Delta TechOps/MDS Coating Technologies/America’s Phenix, Honeywell Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce-Corp. and Rohr Inc./UTC Aerospace Systems.

The anticipated new technologies would be ready for introduction into commercial aircraft by 2026, according to the FAA.

Phase one of the CLEEN program began in 2010 and focused on nine technologies that stressed aircraft efficiency and sustainable aviation fuels. The first of those technologies will enter the market in 2016, according to the FAA.

To contact the reporter on this story: Anthony Adragna in Washington at aadragna@bna.com