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Sun, 20 June 2021

French Companies to Study Use of 100% SAF on Single-Aisle Aircraft and Helicopters

Airbus, Safran, Dassault Aviation, ONERA and the French Ministry of Transport are to jointly launch an in-flight study to analyse the compatibility of unblended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with single-aisle aircraft and commercial aircraft engine and fuel systems, as well as with helicopter engines.

Scheduled to commence at the end of 2021, the project, known as VOLCAN (VOL avec Carburants Alternatifs Nouveaux), is the first time that in-flight emissions will be measured using 100% SAF in a single-aisle aircraft.

The study will support efforts currently underway at Airbus and Safran to ensure the aviation sector is ready for the large-scale deployment and use of SAF as part of the wider initiative to decarbonise the industry.

Airbus, Safran, Dassault Aviation, ONERA and the French Ministry of Transport are to jointly launch an in-flight study to analyse the compatibility of unblended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with single-aisle aircraft and commercial aircraft engine and fuel systems, as well as with helicopter engines. Click to enlarge.

It will also contribute to the ultimate goal of achieving 100% SAF certification in single-aisle commercial aircraft and the new generation of business jets.

For the VOLCAN project, Airbus is responsible for characterising and analysing the impact of 100% SAF on-ground and in-flight emissions using an A320neo test aircraft powered by a CFM LEAP-1A engine.

Safran will focus on compatibility studies related to the fuel system and engine adaptation for commercial and helicopter aircraft and their optimisation for various types of 100% SAF fuels.

ONERA will support Airbus and Safran in analysing the compatibility of the fuel with aircraft systems and will be in charge of preparing, analysing and interpreting test results for the impact of 100% SAF on emissions and contrail formation.

In addition, Dassault Aviation will contribute to the material and equipment compatibility studies and verify 100% SAF biocontamination susceptibility.

The various SAFs used for the VOLCAN project will be provided by TotalEnergies.

The project is part of the Plan de Relance Aronautique (the French governments aviation recovery plan) managed by Jean Baptiste Djebbari, French Transport Minister.

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