How the aircraft of 2016 could run on electricity (partially)
Monday 20 June 2011
Within a few years, aircraft movements on the ground could be conducted using an electric motor, according to aircraft equipment maker Honeywell.
The US company has joined with French aerospace group Safran to produce a new system which could allow aircraft to move about the airport using an electric propulsion system rather than the jet engines currently used.
Moving aircraft between the terminal and the runway (known as taxiing) can account for a noticeable amount of the emissions from a short-haul flight, particularly at airports where runways are congested and/or placed away from the terminal.
By making taxiing electric, Honeywell and Safran believe they can save airlines up to four percent in fuel consumption, because jet engines wouldn't need to be used until the aircraft was taking off from the runway.
The companies believe that the Auxiliary Power Unit, a small generator used to provide supplementary power to start the main engines, can be used to power an electric motor attached to the aircraft's main wheels.
The partners also say that the electric drive system will reduce the time aircrafts have to wait on the ground, because aircraft won't need the small tugs that push them backwards from the stand at the start of every flight.
The "electric green taxiing system" is set to be installed on new aircraft and retrofitted onto existing planes by 2016, and is expected to be used on aircraft which are more likely to be short-range flights.
The concept is on show at the Paris Air Show, which runs through June 26 in Paris.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 David Cameron refers to 83-year-old Labour MP Dennis Skinner as 'Jurassic Park'
- 3 Alton Towers Air breaks down: 80 people stuck on broken down Monorail during heatwave
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 Alwaleed bin Talal: Saudi Prince to donate entire $32bn fortune to charity
UK weather: Commuters complain of 'hell' in sweltering train carriages as temperatures set to hit 35C
Inside Travel: Greece 2015 Q&A - should we cancel our Greek holiday? Are our flights safe? And what will we be spending there?
The most powerful passports in the world
The 10 Best hiking boots
The top 50 cities for young people to live in
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
£33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...
£22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...
£39,000: ICE ICT: Specific and detailed knowledge and experience of travel sys...