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FAA awards $40 million contract for alternative jet fuels and environment

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Published: September 14, 2013

FAA has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for alternate jet fuels and the environment. Led by Washington State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the COE will explore ways to meet the environmental and energy goals that are part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the “innovative partnership supports President Obama’s national plan to address climate change. The Center of Excellence will tap talented universities to help us take environmentally friendly, alternative jet fuel technology to the next level.”

FAA said core team partners include Boston University, Oregon State University, Purdue University, the University of Dayton, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, the University of Hawaii, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Tennessee.

Research and development efforts by the team will focus on NextGen environmental goals for noise, air quality, climate change and energy. Areas of study will include new aircraft technologies and sustainable alternative aviation jet fuels.

FAA anticipates providing this COE with $ 4 million a year for each of the 10 years of the program.

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