CiTD and Ceit-IK4 to develop of an ANAEROBIC DIGESTER for aviation
- The objective of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of an on-board system to treat the organic waste generated during the operation of commercial flights through an anaerobic process allowing first, to obtain an additional source of energy and second, a more efficient management of the remaining substrate.
- The project JTI-CS2-2018-CFP08-AIR-03-04 will be carried out within the framework of the Clean Sky 2 program of the European Commission, focusing its research and innovation activity towards an eco-design of future aircraft.
San Sebastián, 12 de abril de 2019.The Spanish engineering firm CiTD Engineering & Technologies (CiTD) launches together with the Center for Studies and Technical Research of Guipúzcoa (Ceit-IK4) a project for the development of a prototype, which is co-led from the EU by the German Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, aiming to integrate, demonstrate and validate a waste management system based on an anaerobic digestion processes minimizing the carbon footprint into the atmosphere.
The project under the goal of improving the competitiveness of the European aeronautical industry and more specifically to improve the environmental impact of aeronautical technologies developed within the EU, focuses this project under the heading of clean air transport technology development.
Applicable to medium and long-range routes, as well as to regional flights and “business jet”, waste reduction and energy consumption are on the horizon of the project seeking to minimize the ecological and CO2 footprint consequence of fossil fuels.
New concepts of bio-thermal architecture should lead to cabin designs with more flexible sanitary and galley systems, incorporating the use of biodegradable products.
The generation and use of on-board biofuels generated from a waste source through a biogas plant in which methane is obtained, is one of the project’s challenges. The heat generated by the waste by means of the anaerobic digestion can also be used in heating aircraft systems.
On the other hand, the on-board treatment of the waste, with a two-stage system (acidification and methanogenesis), will allow a more efficient management of the remaining substrate once on-ground it is transferred to the terminal.
To be aligned with principles of an integrated technology demonstrator, the materials used in its construction will be subjected to a life cycle assessment and a further recycling potential evaluation of the overall system.
As final milestone, the possibility of a technological transfer to other sectors or environments (liners, singular buildings …) will be evaluated.
About CITD (www.citd.eu)
CITD Engineering & Technologies, S.L. is a Spanish society born in June 2015 founded thru the solid productive unit of the company ITD, leader in the Aeronautics, Space and Defense markets, from which it bases all its experience and technology.
CITD mainly offers engineering design and analysis solutions for systems and structural components of the aerospace sector, diversifying its activity to sectors such as energy, industry or infrastructures. The expertise and compromise of its staff of about 60 engineers and technicians as well as the willingness of investing in new technologies allows undertaking this challenging project.
About Ceit-IK4 (www.ceit.es))
Ceit-IK4 is a non-profit research centre that was created by the University of Navarra in 1982, being its mission to carry out applied industrial research projects working closely with the clients’ R&D departments
“This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 832012. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and the Clean Sky 2 JU members other than the Union”.