British EasyJet to save fuel install hybrid engines in aircraft landing gear


LONDON, 2 February. Budget airline EasyJet has decided to use the experience of the racing industry, “Formula 1” to save fuel and reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

Popular European carrier has announced plans to install on aircraft landing gear “system for hydrogen fuel cells”, which can also (for example technologies “Formulas-1” kinetic energy recovery) to store energy obtained during braking of the aircraft during landing. This saved energy resource can then be used when the aircraft taxis to Parking. This was reported on the EasyJet website.

Adopting such technology will allow to refuse the use of jet engines during long taxiing during movement of the liner from the runway to the passenger terminal. According to experts, such a run on the airline annually consumes 4% less fuel. On taxiing each aircraft spends on average about 20 minutes.

As a result of using this new product of annual fuel savings to the airlines, by calculations of experts, could reach nearly 50 thousand tons. The idea, according to EasyJet, developed in collaboration with students of Cranfield University. The airline also intends to establish a working group with project partners to prepare a detailed plan and conduct the end of the year the first test of the system. The concept of hybrid aircraft represents the “future vision” of aviation, said the head of the Department of design and engineering EasyJet, Ian Davies. In our airlines “we will continue to refer to the use of new digital and engineering technologies”, he added.