Boeing and Embraer have expanded their
cooperation on the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program.
The program tests technologies designed
to improve airplane environmental performance and accelerate their
introduction into the marketplace.
An Embraer E170 will serve as the flying
testbed and will feature advanced environmental technologies that
will undergo operational testing in Brazil during August and
"Collaborating with Boeing on the
ecoDemonstrator program in the structuring and implementation of
new technologies tests reinforces, once again, Embraer's
commitment towards a sustainable future," said Mauro Kern,
Executive Vice President of Operations at Embraer. "At the same
time, as we integrate and test different technologies in a single
aircraft, we contribute to consolidate in Brazil a powerful tool
to support technological development and innovation – the
technology demonstrator platform."
The ecoDemonstrator flights will test several
technologies designed to reduce carbon emissions, fuel use and
- LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology
using lasers to measure air data parameters such as true airspeed,
angle of attack and outside air temperature. LIDAR shows potential
to increase air data reliability by complementing current sensors,
which could lead to further innovations that improve fuel
efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
- An "ice phobic" paint designed to reduce icing
and help prevent accumulation of dirt and bugs due to its low
adhesive property. The special paint can help operators save water
by reducing the need for frequent aircraft washing.
- A new wing design with improved slats to reduce
noise on takeoff and approach.
- Special sensors and air visualization techniques
near the wing surface to better understand in-flight aerodynamics.
This analysis could lead to further innovations to improve fuel
efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, such as new wing designs.
- A Brazilian-produced biofuel blend made up of 10% bio-kerosene and 90% fossil kerosene, the maximum
mixture according to international standards. Studies have shown
that sustainably produced aviation biofuel emits 50 to 80%
lower carbon emissions through its life cycle than fossil jet
The ecoDemonstrator collaboration expands a
relationship that began in 2012 when Boeing and Embraer signed a
cooperation agreement. Since then, Boeing and Embraer
have supported Embraer's KC-390 defense aircraft program and
improved runway safety by providing commercial customers with
tools to reduce runway excursions. Last year Boeing and Embraer
opened a joint biofuel research center in São José dos Campos to
perform biofuel research and coordinate research with Brazilian
universities and other institutions.
To date, the ecoDemonstrator program has tested
more than 50 technologies, using a Next-Generation 737-800 (2012),
787 (2014) and 757 (2015) as flying testbeds.
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