The European Union has decided that all its airlines need to have their CO2 emissions cut with at least 2% in 2011 and 5% by the year 2012. The options to achieve this are limited: reduction of the number of flights, development of more fuel-efficient engines or development of biofuels. To cut the number of flights is, considering the continuing trend towards globalisation, an impossible and improbable method; to try and develop extremely fuel-efficient engines within that time frame is an extremely high risk and high cost strategy.
This is why Clean Tech Aviation BV, is focussing on the further development and practical introduction of Biofuels, starting with a development of Bio CNG and Bio LNG. Later to be followed with testing other bio masses like hydrogyn and algae oils
CTA develops the Biofuel solution in partnership with Gasunie, Gasterra, ENGIE, EnTrance, University of Eindhoven, the NLR and the Three City Foundation Gelderland. CNG and LNG delivers a much cleaner CO 2 footprint that in comparison to other biofuels is more sustainable, does not use elements from the food chain, provides a 25 % CO2 reduction in the production chain and does not consume non-renewable resources.
Areas of Expertise
Clean Tech Aviation test centre for applied biofuel blending technology on general and business aviation aircraft (GA and BA) and its engines, is dedicated to fostering advances in designing a commercially available biofuel to be safely used on the GA and BA aircraft engines. Besides developing and testing biofuel, the centre conducts static engine testing and dynamic testing of the biofuel retrofit engines in the air to establish certification with the engine and aircraft manufacturers and aviation authorities.
CTA creates collaboration with engine manufacturers, biomass suppliers, fuel refineries, GA and BA FBO service stations as well as the aircraft owners to establish a complete circle in applied biofuel energy solution and save the environment CO2 emissions as well as operational costs for the owners. Its aim is to facilitate worldwide SME FBOs with solutions identified and certified by the CTA’s research centre and have the FBOs apply them to their clients’ aircraft engines.
CTA CEO Ben Cappelle a former Dutch Air Force Officer and instructor pilot and Head of training of one of the largest flight school started in 2006 this aviation energy innovation project.
He followed several studies and talked to many scientists and with help of a entrepreneurs course at the Venturelab University of Twente in the Netherlands he elected to build a rapid deployment project to allow bio fuels to penetrate the heavily regulated aviation industry.
With the help of close friends and specialists who got the same virus and worked two years for free to build the foundation of the current project Bio Fuel for aviation starting with Bio Methanol rapid prototyping tests evolving n 2014 further to Bio CNG and Bio LNG to replacing the fossil leaded Avgas 100LL and jet A1 Kerosine.
For this purpose CEO Ben Cappelle erected the company Clean Tech Aviation BV and found an ideal place to prototype bio fuel on aeroplanes on the airport Teuge as dynamic testplatform, EnTrance at University of Hanze Hogeschool in Groningen and research Airport Braunschweig in Germany to support the duration dynamic testflights.
The Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR provides support to CTA in its aviation innovations following the professional Readiness Levels (TRL) to achieve certification of the CTA innovations with bio CNG and bio LNG engines/aircrafts
The dedicated team of CTA has set its goals to be the first R&D Aviation test center to produce different bio fuel options for General and Business Aviation using piston and turbine engines.
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