Greener Jet Travel – New Technologies Now Make It Possible!
Through its “green aviation” initiative, NASA has made it known that it was funding the research for new projects that could reduce airplane fuel use in half, minimize the noise of the aircraft and to reduce the emissions of carbon by 75 percent. This initiative came after the reports from the United States Environmental Protection Agency revealed that airline emissions contribute to climate change and it can also contribute to hazardous effects on human health.
What Are These New Technologies?
NASA’s project targets those airline emissions. Technologies include a new version of a fuel cell that can generate energy, a foldable wing that will help improve the efficiency of the airplane, an electric motor that can be made using 3D printers, a slim antenna that weighs less and can help reduce drag, and another kind of lithium-air battery. The teams that are working on these projects are provided with a $2-$3 million budget and 2 to 2 ½ years to work on these ideas.
Many conservation groups have praised this initiative although many have wished that this could have been imposed years earlier. However, it takes quite a while for the airline industry to take on new technologies like these because of safety concerns. As soon as these concepts are explored and investigated, they go through a tough and rigorous testing process.
If these concepts become successful, the next course of action is to conduct more studies in order to find out how these ideas are going to be utilized. Once these are finished, the outcome of the projects will be presented on conferences and will be published on journals.
Before these projects can be turned into reality, it is important for the airlines to create measures that will help reduce emissions. Currently, there are some airlines that are known to be fuel-efficient. This news will hopefully enable those involved in the industry to take the initiative to create ways that will improve on fuel efficiency.