Boeing’s New ecoDemonstrator Program to Test 30 Sustainable Technologies on a 777-200ER
Boeing has today unveiled their 2022 ecoDemonstrator with a special livery honoring a decade of testing to reduce fuel, emissions and noise. The Boeing-owned 777-200ER will test around 30 new technologies focusing on improving safety and sustainability.
On Thursday (June 16, 2022), Boeing unveiled their 2022 ecoDemonstrator, a company-owned 777-200ER featuring a special livery honoring a decade of testing to reduce aircraft fuel consumption, emissions and noise footprint. Starting this summer and lasting six months, the aircraft will test around 30 new technologies, with the goal of improving sustainability and safety for the aerospace industry. In collaboration with NASA, SMART vortex generators, small vertical vanes on the wing, that improve aerodynamic efficiency during takeoff and landing will be tested. Other featured tests include a system to conserve onboard water and reduce weight, additively manufactured aircraft and engine parts to reduce fuel and manufacturing waste, an environmentally preferred refrigerant, and a new fire suppression agent to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In Thursday’s ecoDemonstrator announcment, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ President and CEO, Stan Deal, said,
“Boeing is committed to support our customers and enable the commercial aviation industry to meet our shared commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The ecoDemonstrator program's rigorous testing of new technologies further enhances the environmental performance of our products and services and is invaluable to continuously improving safety.”
Also commenting on the launch of the program, Boeing’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Chris Raymond, added,
“The Boeing ecoDemonstrator program brings together the two most important ingredients to a more sustainable future – innovative technologies and partnerships with customers, suppliers, government agencies and academia. We celebrate the past successes and look forward to continuing this iconic program to help decarbonize aviation, together.”
The 2022 ecoDemonstrator program will also continue a comprehensive study of the impact of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) toward the reduction of emissions. For all flight tests, the 777-200ER will operate on the highest approved blend of available SAF. Since launching in 2012, the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program has accelerated innovation by taking new technologies out of the lab and into operation. Over the last decade, including this year’s platform, the program has tested approximately 230 technologies to help decarbonize aviation, improve operational efficiency, enhance safety, and improve the passenger experience. Approximately one-third of the technologies have progressed on to Boeing’s products and services.
Boeing 777-200ER 2022 EcoDemonstrator - Courtesy Boeing
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