Net-zero push could lead to defense forces adopting sustainable aviation fuels, says GlobalData

Nov. 12, 2021
The report notes that plane makers have made very public commitments around SAFs, AviationPros report.

WASHINGTON - The world’s focus on achieving net zero, a key point reiterated at COP26, may give sustainable alternative fuels (SAFs) the financial push needed for mass uptake within civil aviation, according to GlobalData. The leading data and analytics company notes that this will then likely spill over into the defense industry, AviationPros report. Continue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

November 12, 2021 -Madeline Wild, Associate Defense Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “In aerospace and defense, the current production of alternative fuels is minimal. The problem is that it takes time, investment, technology, and a change in policy to swap out a fuel as ubiquitous as kerosene. Sustainable aviation drop-in fuels* are likely to be the most attainable form of sustainable aircraft propulsion to be used in the near future, but the acute lack of funding has prevented widescale military uptake in the past. This will only change if COP26 serves its purpose and places a firm spotlight on ESG issues and, indeed, promotes action.”

Wild continues: “Issues with infrastructure hinder the uptake of electric propulsion and hydrogen power. Substantial infrastructure and technological changes are needed before these can be thoroughly implemented in aircraft design. For example, electric aircraft would need new propulsion systems and charging infrastructure, while hydrogen aircraft require a suitable infrastructure for green hydrogen production and fuel transportation.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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