In the quest for the green plane, accelerated by climate concerns and the Covid-19 crisis, a step could be taken before the end of 2021. Thanks to the Volcan project, for flight with new alternative fuels, unveiled this Thursday by "the main French aeronautical players", in other words Airbus, Dassault Aviation, the equipment manufacturer Safran and the French Center for Aerospace Research (Onera) based in Toulouse.

Thanks to funding from the Aeronautics Recovery Plan, these companies or structures are therefore putting their specialists on the ground to fly "at the end of 2021", a test flight carrying only alternative fuel.

The emissions, on the ground and in flight, of this specially equipped A320neo will be analyzed.

“Decarbonization” objective

“This study will support ongoing efforts at Airbus and Safran to ensure that the aviation industry is ready for the deployment and large-scale use of SAF [sustainable aviation fuels] as part of the broader industry decarbonization initiative ”explains the partners in a press release joined by the Ministry of Transport.

The various fuels tested as part of the Volcan project will be supplied by TotalEnergies.


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