Honeywell has been awarded a contract by the FAA to develop mature technology for fuel burn reduction and test aviation biofuels for use in gas turbine engines.
The five-year agreement is valued at approximately $27 million, cost shared with the FAA. If this means it's gonna smell like french fries while we're sitting on the runway awaiting take-off, I'm gonna have to stop flying commercial as that'd simply be cruel.
Honeywell will use its TECH7000 turbofan test engine as the basis for its research. The TECH7000 is a turbofan technology demonstrator that is based on Honeywell’s HTF7000 propulsion engine. The contract, awarded under the FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program, covers a 12-month base period and four 12-month option periods.
CLEEN is a joint FAA-Industry program focused on reducing current levels of aircraft noise, greenhouse gas emissions, fuel burn and advancing alternative fuels for aviation use. CLEEN will accelerate maturation of engine and airframe technologies to meet NextGen environmental goals and enable greater mobility.
Fuel burn reduction technologies matured in this contract will enable higher engine cycle efficiency through increased operating pressure and turbine inlet temperature.
“This contract will enable the industry to expedite the introduction of these new technologies into current and future aircraft engines, while advancing the introduction of alternative ‘drop in’ fuels for aviation, with particular focus on renewable options,” said Ron Rich, vice president of propulsion systems, Honeywell Aerospace.
Honeywell will be working with Gulfstream and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in this contract.