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Airbus and Partners to Test A320neo with 100% SAF

Our Bureau - : Jun 15, 2021 - : 11:33 am

Airbus, Safran, Dassault Aviation, ONERA, and the Ministry of Transport will commence joint in-flight research at the end of 2021 to analyze the compatibility of unmixed sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with single-isle aircraft and commercial aircraft engines and fuel systems, as well as with helicopter engines.

Known as VOLCAN (VOL avec Carburants Alternatifs Nouveaux), this is the first project to measure in-flight emissions using 100% SAF on a single aisle aircraft. The flight will be supported by the “Plan de relance aéronautique” (French government’s aviation reconstruction plan) and managed byJean Baptiste Jebari, French Minister of Transport.

Airbus will be responsible for characterizing and analyzing the effects of 100% SAF ground and in-flight emissions using the A320neo test aircraft powered by the CFM LEAP-1A engine. Safran will focus on suitability studies related to fuel system and engine adaptations for commercial and helicopter aircraft, and their optimization for various types of 100% SAF fuels. ONERA will support Airbus and Saffron in analyzing fuel compatibility with aircraft systems and is responsible for preparing, analyzing and interpreting test results on the impact of 100% SAF on emissions and contrail formation.

Dassault Aviation will contribute to material and equipment compatibility studies and verify 100% SAF  biocontamination susceptibility. The various SAFs used in the VOLCAN project will be provided by TotalEnergies.


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