• 10 hours Thanksgiving Gas Prices At 3-Year High
  • 14 hours Iraq’s Giant Majnoon Oilfield Attracts Attention Of Supermajors
  • 16 hours South Iraq Oil Exports Close To Record High To Offset Kirkuk Drop
  • 19 hours Iraqi Forces Find Mass Graves In Oil Wells Near Kirkuk
  • 19 hours Chevron Joint Venture Signs $1.7B Oil, Gas Deal In Nigeria
  • 21 hours Iraq Steps In To Offset Falling Venezuela Oil Production
  • 23 hours ConocoPhillips Sets Price Ceiling For New Projects
  • 3 days Shell Oil Trading Head Steps Down After 29 Years
  • 4 days Higher Oil Prices Reduce North American Oil Bankruptcies
  • 4 days Statoil To Boost Exploration Drilling Offshore Norway In 2018
  • 4 days $1.6 Billion Canadian-US Hydropower Project Approved
  • 4 days Venezuela Officially In Default
  • 4 days Iran Prepares To Export LNG To Boost Trade Relations
  • 4 days Keystone Pipeline Leaks 5,000 Barrels Into Farmland
  • 4 days Saudi Oil Minister: Markets Will Not Rebalance By March
  • 4 days Obscure Dutch Firm Wins Venezuelan Oil Block As Debt Tensions Mount
  • 5 days Rosneft Announces Completion Of World’s Longest Well
  • 5 days Ecuador Won’t Ask Exemption From OPEC Oil Production Cuts
  • 5 days Norway’s $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Proposes To Ditch Oil Stocks
  • 5 days Ecuador Seeks To Clear Schlumberger Debt By End-November
  • 5 days Santos Admits It Rejected $7.2B Takeover Bid
  • 5 days U.S. Senate Panel Votes To Open Alaskan Refuge To Drilling
  • 5 days Africa’s Richest Woman Fired From Sonangol
  • 6 days Oil And Gas M&A Deal Appetite Highest Since 2013
  • 6 days Russian Hackers Target British Energy Industry
  • 6 days Venezuela Signs $3.15B Debt Restructuring Deal With Russia
  • 6 days DOJ: Protestors Interfering With Pipeline Construction Will Be Prosecuted
  • 6 days Lower Oil Prices Benefit European Refiners
  • 6 days World’s Biggest Private Equity Firm Raises $1 Billion To Invest In Oil
  • 7 days Oil Prices Tank After API Reports Strong Build In Crude Inventories
  • 7 days Iraq Oil Revenue Not Enough For Sustainable Development
  • 7 days Sudan In Talks With Foreign Oil Firms To Boost Crude Production
  • 7 days Shell: Four Oil Platforms Shut In Gulf Of Mexico After Fire
  • 7 days OPEC To Recruit New Members To Fight Market Imbalance
  • 7 days Green Groups Want Norway’s Arctic Oil Drilling Licenses Canceled
  • 7 days Venezuelan Oil Output Drops To Lowest In 28 Years
  • 7 days Shale Production Rises By 80,000 BPD In Latest EIA Forecasts
  • 8 days GE Considers Selling Baker Hughes Assets
  • 8 days Eni To Address Barents Sea Regulatory Breaches By Dec 11
  • 8 days Saudi Aramco To Invest $300 Billion In Upstream Projects

Breaking News:

Thanksgiving Gas Prices At 3-Year High

Keystone XL Pipeline Gains Approval After A 9-Year Battle

Keystone XL Pipeline Gains Approval After A 9-Year Battle

Nebraskan regulators have approved the…

Boeing Test Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Aircraft

Boeing Test Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Aircraft

Boeing has spent 45 days in Glasgow, Scotland, testing its next-generation 737-800 ecoDemonstrator aircraft. The airplane uses a range of technologies designed to increase its fuel efficiency and reduce noise pollution. Boeing believes that by learning from tests such as this they could help achieve carbon neutral flight by 2050.

One of the technologies being used is a regenerative fuel cell which stores the surplus energy produced during take-off and cruising, and then uses it to power the aircrafts systems. Fuel cells have always been considered as having the potential to revolutionise road transport, and shipping, in terms of creating low carbon transport, but never has it been successfully used to power flight.

One of the problems with fuel cell technology at the moment is that it is incredibly bulky. Jeane Yu, the director of Environmental Performance at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that the fuel cell “fills up the whole cargo compartment.”

“We know the technology is more challenging to put on an aircraft, but we're looking at a potential alternative energy source to power the plane,” she said. “This [trial is the first stage in finding out the practicalities.”

Other technologies to increase the fuel efficiency included, software to smooth the flight trajectory, a nozzle to place at the front of the engines to increase their efficiency, and an adaptive wing edge which allows for optimal aerodynamics depending on the stage of the flight.

Yu explained that airlines are constantly looking for new methods to reduce costs, and as “fuel is already nearing 50 per cent of airline operator's costs. They're always interests in technologies that improve fuel efficiency – and this is also an opportunity to improve their environmental performance.”

By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News