UK government paying £685 million for “sustainable aviation fuel” development…

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UK government paying £685 million for “sustainable aviation fuel” development…

UK government paying £685 million for “sustainable aviation fuel” development over 3 years
2022-03-30 22:46:00
The aviation industry, and pro-aviation governments, are doing all they can to convince themselves and the world in general that it will be possible – at some not-too-far-ahead date – to fly huge, heavy planes thousands of miles, but with no additional carbon entering the atmosphere. The trick most are banking on is “sustainable aviation fuels” (SAF). These fuels are going to have to be impressive, in being combusted in a jet engine, with no net carbon produced … The aviation sector is keen not to have to pay the fuel research costs itself. So it wants financial assistance from governments (ie. taxpayer money). The UK Sec of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, is an aviation enthusiast (he has his own plane), and is enthusiastic about funding being given to companies trying to make flying “green.”  In October 2021 the UK government announced it would provide £180 million to support the development of SAF plants.  In December we were told of £15 million being given to 8 companies. But now it is announced that £685 million is being given for a “sustainable aviation” programme over 3 years. The government wants to see perhaps 10% of SAF being used by planes by 2030 – even 50% by 2050 – the current figure is well below 1%. .Tweet     UK boosts funding of green aerospace projects By Rob Gill  – Contact Reporter (BTN Europe) 29 March 2022 / The UK’s government’s sustainable aviation programme is to receive £685 million over the next three years – an increase of 50% on the previous round of funding. The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) programme, which started in 2013, supports the development of new zero-carbon and ultra-low-emission aircraft. UK industry minister Lee Rowley said that ATI would receive £685 million from the government between 2022 and 2025, which will rise to more than £1 billion with co-funding of projects by the aviation industry. ATI has previously backed aircraft projects such as ZeroAvia’s six-seat hydrogen-electric aircraft and Rolls-Royce’s development of more efficient engines. The government also announced that the ATI programme will now continue to 2031. “These projects are making a real-world impact and could one day help the global aviation industry transition to net zero,” said Rowley. “Today’s commitment is a sign of our increasing ambition and will give large and small businesses the confidence to invest

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