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15 Jul 08. Boeing and Alenia Aeronautica are joining forces to help establish Italy’s first composite recycling facility, which will be located in Southern Italy. Together with partners Milled Carbon (based in Birmingham, U.K.), Karborek (based in Puglia, Italy), and ENEA (Italian National Agency for new Technologies Energy and the Environment), the two companies have signed a letter of intent to apply their expertise and work with academia to advance industry knowledge surrounding the recycling of composite airplane parts into reusable materials for manufacturing. Financial terms were not announced.
16 Jul 08. AgustaWestland is fully committed to investing in technologies and processes that reduce the impact on the environment in all phases of the life-cycle of its rotorcraft, from manufacturing and operation right up to its final disposal. As part of this commitment AgustaWestland is not only playing a major role in the European Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative programme as co-leader, but is also investing its own money in programmes that will deliver “greener” aircraft. Under the umbrella of the Clean Sky programme AgustaWestland is undertaking work in a wide range of areas including efforts to reduce external noise signatures, reduce fuel consumption and investigations into “green” flight paths. Overall company goals (consistent with Advisory Council for Aeronautical Research in Europe vision for 2020 targets) include a 50% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions through drastic reductions in fuel consumption, an 80% reduction of nitrous oxides emissions and a 50% reduction in external noise. The research is aimed at the next generation of vertical-lift aircraft that will enter service after 2015 as well as the possibility to retrofit the technology into the existing product range.
15 Jul 08. US Navy set to save more than $157m on fuel costs. The US Navy estimates that it will be able to save more than $157m through its Energy Conservation Program (ENCON). Two key schemes are delivered under the ENCON – Incentivized Energy Conservation (i-ENCON) and the Fleet Readiness, Research and Development Program (FRR&DP) – which will contribute to the Navy reducing its fuel consumption by around 1.14 million barrels of oil in 2008. (Source: MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin)