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FAA Awards Millions to Sustainable Aircraft Development

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $100 million for companies to develop technologies that reduce fuel use, emissions and noise. The award is part of a series of steps President Biden is taking to coordinate leadership and innovation across the federal government, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, fuel producers and more to position America to soar towards net zero emissions by 2050. "Across the country, communities have been devastated by the effects of climate change -- but, if we act now, we can ensure that aviation plays a central role in the solution," said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "These awards will help America lead the way in sustainable aviation."The Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program is a public-private partnership that began in 2010 and is a key part of the FAA's overall strategy to tackle the global challenge of climate change and lower the impact aviation has. The program requires the companies receiving the contracts to match or exceed the FAA's investment, bringing the total to at least $200 million over a five-year period.Under CLEEN Phase III, the FAA and six industry partners will focus on reducing aviation emissions and noise, including pursuing goals of reducing carbon dioxide (Co2) emissions by improving fuel efficiency by at least 20% below the relevant International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard; NOx emissions by 70% relative to the most recent ICAO standard; particulate matter emissions below the ICAO standard; and noise by 25 dB cumulative relative to the FAA Stage 5 standard.General Electric Aviation will develop an advanced engine propulsion system and advanced acoustic improvements to reduce noise and fuel consumption; electric and hybrid-electric systems to increase fuel efficiency; and advanced combustion and thermal management systems to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The company will also support the evaluation of alternative jet fuels that could enable further aircraft performance improvements.Honeywell Aerospace will develop a more efficient engine fan, combustion system, compressor, and turbine to reduce noise, emissions, and fuel consumption.Pratt andamp; Whitney will develop an ultra-quiet engine fan and an advanced combustion system to reduce noise, emissions, and fuel consumption.Boeing will develop technologies to reduce noise from wings, landing gear, and engine inlets. The company will also support the evaluation of alternative jet fuels that could enable further aircraft performance improvements, and help to develop new algorithms that enable aircraft to fly quieter, more fuel-efficient routes."Like our quest for safer skies, making flying sustainable requires us to constantly look for ways to improve," said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. The CLEEN technologies developed so far are estimated to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 3 million cars from the road by 2050 and to save the aviation industry 36 billion gallons of fuel. The fuel savings is the equivalent of 11.4 million Boeing 737 flights between New York and Los Angeles.
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