ECATS at TAC4 – Future alternative fuels strategy
The Alternative Fuels work package were recently represented by Sigrun Matthes at theÂ 4th International Conference onÂ Transport, Atmosphere and Climate (TAC4) atÂ Bad Kohlgrub, Germany. A link to the presentation given at the conference is provided hereÂ ECATS_ITN_TAC4_2015_Christie_Matthes_final.
he aviation community in Europe aspires to develop an economic future that is sustainable in terms ofÂ fuel supply and with regards to climate impact. Sustainable alternative fuel pathways have begun toÂ emerge as a promising option to augment and diversify fuel supplies whilst simultaneously reducing itsÂ environmental impact and emissions. It is this vision that is set out within the Biofuel Flightpath 2020 andÂ EU aviation policy . Research in this domain involves several different specialisms from fuelÂ composition, chemical kinetics, combustion and propulsion, through to atmospheric chemistry and climateÂ research. As a consequence, research is often disconnected across Europe and an integrated overviewÂ on how to best develop alternative fuels in aviation is often missing.
In this contribution we discuss a structure to traverse this gap: As a first objective we present a synopsisÂ of state-of-the-art research covering key disciplines crucial for advancing the use of alternative fuels inÂ aviation. As a second objective we present key open questions, and sketch pathways on how toÂ overcome these challenges and advance research in this domain. In this context we introduce the idea ofÂ a network whose strengths reside in the breadth of competences from which it draws, supported byÂ durable commercial involvement from across Europe, and cutting edge information exchange on newÂ approaches, latest methods and recent findings in this emerging field. Concepts are introduced on how toÂ best balance individual project requirements with cross cutting activities to preclude disconnectedÂ research definitions and promote integrated and efficient knowledge transfer. The presentation will discussÂ identified research needs, visions for prospective research, and some of the strategic issues to beÂ addressed in designing sustainable alternative fuel pathways into the future