Critical Issues in Aviation and the Environment 2009: Aviation Alternative Fuels Development and Deployment

Propelled by a combination of supply stability, security, and environmental concerns, commercial aviation has sharpened its focus on alternative fuels for aviation over the past two years. In developing and adopting new fuels, aviation encounters unique safety, operational, and environmental challenges. Issues associated with the broad range of aircraft operating conditions constrain the number of candidates to be examined in ways not experienced by other transportation modes. Operating at multiple altitudes presents multiple, and in some cases contradictory, directions to define the best environmental footprint. Any alternative fuel also faces large costs in creating feedstock, production, and distribution infrastructure. In the case of aviation, a unique airport-based infrastructure differs from other transportation modes. While aviation fuels produce unique technical challenges, aviation also must cope with the fact that it represents less than 10% of transportation fuel consumption and hence is seen as a minority player to energy suppliers. This report discusses the current state of research in the focus areas of aviation alternative fuels (research and development; certification and qualification; environmental; and business and economics), looks at the future vision for aviation alternative fuels, and examines aviation alternative fuel research needs.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 28-36
  • Monograph Title: Critical Issues in Aviation and the Environment 2009
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01142330
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 21 2009 9:20AM