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Special scanner developed by UWE and Bristol firm Intercede Ventures can reduce airline fuel bills by 1%
Getting dirty can be a real drag, especially if you are an aircraft wing. This is because as dirt accumulates on the outside of an aircraft the extra friction causes increased fuel consumption. Up until now it’s been hard to easily detect when this build-up of dirt has become a problem, so often planes are not at their most aerodynamically efficient between routine washes.
To solve this, a partnership between the University of the West of England and Bristol-based concept design firm Intercede Ventures has developed a sensor using lasers, light beams and mirrors that can detect how clean an aeroplane is and therefore help major airlines reduce their carbon footprints.
Sensing success: Richard Luxton, Director of the Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology
“If we can prove a clean aircraft is a more efficient aircraft, airlines would keep them clean and as a result more environmentally friendly”
Graham Mimms, Director of Intercede, said: “A clean aircraft is a more efficient aircraft but that’s not always been too easy to prove. We thought ‘If we can prove it, airlines would keep them clean and efficient’ and as a result more environmentally friendly.” And that proof is here: it is estimated that airlines using the instrument to direct cleaning crews to problem areas could cut their fuel bills by as much as 1%. This may not sound like much, but across a major fleet will be a considerable saving.
11 January 2016
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South West businesses will benefit from £4m of new funding that will lead to new products, services and jobs, as the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) relaunches its highly successful Innovation 4 Growth (I4G) programme on 7th September.
The scheme part funds research and development projects with grants of between £25,000 and £150,000 (covering up to 35% of total project costs) and is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in any sector, with a presence in Bristol, Bath, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset or Wiltshire.
Financed through the Regional Growth Fund, the I4G programme aims to support businesses to create new, and safeguard existing, jobs through the development of innovative products, technologies, processes and services.
Completed applications must be received no later that 12pm (midday) on Wednesday, 14th October 2015.
For more information contact the I4G Team on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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