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NASA integrates project to make jet engines more efficient


NASA announced the integration of the Hybrid Thermally Efficient Core (HyTEC) project as a new element of its aeronautical research, to revolutionize air travel and help combat climate change. The HyTEC project aims to improve aircraft engine combustion chambers to be highly efficient and thus support the future of sustainable aviation by using less energy, “running on renewable fuels instead of fossil fuels and enabling propulsion electrified for single-aisle commercial aircraft. To that end, NASA recently awarded a cost-sharing contract to Pratt & Whitney for a total value of $13.1 million, in which the engine manufacturer will match or exceed this investment over the contract period. The goal of this two-year collaborative effort is to advance new power source designs for small core motors. As part of this groundbreaking work, NASA and Pratt & Whitney will test the performance of future designs when used with sustainable aviation fuels. “To meet the carbon emissions targets of the Aviation Climate Action Plan, future single-aisle aircraft engines will need to be able to burn sustainable aviation fuels,” said Tony Nerone, HyTEC project manager at the Glenn Research Center. NASA in Cleveland. The US Aviation 2021 Climate Action Plan predicts that the growth of the US fleet will require the use of 40% more jet fuel by 2050, hence the importance of making fuels more efficient. He added that the anticipated increase in the use of renewable fuels would significantly reduce global aviation emissions and curb the impact on climate change caused by aircraft. “Over the next 30 years, the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is low hanging fruit for a major improvement in emissions along with all the efficiency improvements from the National Association for Sustainable Flight,” Nerone said.


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