ILA 2010 From environmental protection during the manufacturing process to eco-efficient flying

– the Path of Innovation highlights eco-awareness at the ILA

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Berlin, 26 April 2010 – this year the ILA 2010 (8 to 13 Apr. 2010) is organising a special visitors’ guide on the ENVIRONMENT, the key topic of the future.

The ILA Path of Innovation will display selected trade fair highlights, explaining them transparently to the general public. They include innovative materials and their eco-efficient processing, innovative components, technology and engines built for eco-efficient flying as well as earth observation systems in space.

Exhibitors at the ILA 2010 have set up a virtual platform ahead of the fair at, providing an in-depth display of the industry’s innovative capabilities. This path can be accessed as of now. Thus interested visitors to the ILA can familiarise themselves with the eco-innovations of the aerospace industry ahead of the fair and from the comfort of their home, explore background information about exhibits, and look at images and video clips.

Only a few clicks, and users can quickly and easily organise and print out a personalised tour on the subject of eco-innovation at the ILA via the web.

A selection of the highlights on display:

• The EADS research network EADS Innovation Works is demonstrating an algae biofuel and an innovative engine concept for helicopters. The use of algae offers promising potential for sustainable production of aviation fuel, which in the long term could replace petroleum fuels. As an example of state-of-the-art technology a bio-reactor which is already on the market will be on display, with easy to follow explanations given on the production process, from the live algae stage to marketable biofuels.

EADS Innovation Works is also exhibiting a helicopter model with a futuristic engine concept which has great potential to save fuel and reduce emissions.

• The industry has developed solutions for reducing airborne emissions. The Claire (Clean air engine) technology project represents an innovative engine concept, the geared turbo fan, which is currently being realised by MTU Aero Engines.

• In other areas where aircraft movements are necessary, commercial freight and passenger transport for example, other solutions are helping with long term protection of the environment. The volume of air that passes through an aircraft engine per second is equivalent to the amount inside a single-family house. All the while it is also consuming kerosene. Lufthansa LEOS is currently developing a special airplane tow vehicle to minimise the need for engine use during aircraft movements at airports.

• Applications are also being designed for space. Harmonic Drive produces gearing systems which are incorporated in earth observation systems. They help to pinpoint oil contamination in the North Sea or to detect logging in South American rain forests.

• benntec Systemtechnik has introduced eLearning at the German School of Army Aviation in Bückeburg, reducing the number of flying hours required in training. Fuel consumption and noise emissions have been lowered, resulting in cost savings and protecting the environment.

• Using ultra-sensitive sensors the Fraunhofer Institute is working on future ways to measure the structural loads aircraft are subjected to during flight. In particular, the measurements can be used to specify individual maintenance intervals so that only really necessary work is carried out.

The exhibitors at the ILA 2010 are constantly announcing new innovations. As a result new exhibits will continue to be added to the ILA Path of Innovation until the fair begins.

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