Safran runs helicopter engine using 100 percent sustainable fuelSeptember 10th 2021
Safran Helicopter Engines has performed a world first at its Bordes facility (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France): A helicopter engine run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). During the test, a Makila 2 ran on a biofuel produced by TotalEnergies from residues and waste from the circular economy, specifically used cooking oil.
A test campaign will now evaluate the operational impact of using only SAF on a helicopter engine. To do this, the engine manufacturer will utilize a Safran Tech special facility known as “Bearcat” (Banc d’Essai Avancé pour la Recherche en Combustion et Aérothermique des Turbomachines), an advanced test bench for turbomachinery combustion and aerothermal.
“By offering our customers like Safran sustainable aviation biofuels produced in France, we are meeting a strong demand from the aviation industry to reduce its carbon footprint. The development of biofuels is one of the main thrusts of TotalEnergies’ multi-energy strategy to meet the challenge of decarbonizing the transportation sector. This is fully in line with the Company’s climate change ambition of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050,” said Virginie Merini, senior vice president, renewable fuels at TotalEnergies.
This press release was prepared and distributed by Safran Helicopter Engines.