21 Jun '11, 3pm

Electric-Powered Aircraft Taxiing Will Save Money, Emissions

When airplanes taxi along runways they burn a significant amount of fuel - the world's short-haul aircraft consume 5 million tons of fuel a year during taxi operations, according to industry analysis. A new electric-powered system will significantly improve airline operational efficiency and provide environmental benefits by slashing carbon and other emissions created when airplanes taxi along runways. Under the system, airplanes will move along runways using an Auxiliary Power Unit generator which powers electrical motors in the aircraft's main wheels. They'll be able to run without using their main engines. Honeywell (NYSE:HON) and French aerospace leader Safran (SAF.PA) are forming a joint venture to make the innovative electric green taxiing system for new and existing aircraft. They say the system will reduce fuel consumption up to 4%. They expect it to be installed o...

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