Embraer, Pratt & Whitney plan 100% SAF demo next year
Updated: Dec 7, 2021
Embraer has partnered with Pratt & Whitney to conduct a demonstration flight using 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) next year. The two companies signed an MOU that will see Embraer and the U.S.-based engine manufacturer collaborate on studies to support the shared goal of helping the industry reach net zero carbon emissions from air travel by 2050.
Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines power the E195-E2, the aircraft that is planned to be used for the demo flight.
Today, standards set by ASTM International, the American Society for Testing and Materials, allow aircraft to fly with SAFs that are up to 50 percent blended with kerosene. Testing and collaboration between OEMs, like that provided in the new partnership between Embraer and Pratt & Whitney, will help in the process to certify the standard to 100 percent SAF.
Embraer will provide the aircraft, technical support and personnel for the flight.
Embraer recently announced its Energia family of four concept aircraft that use environment-friendly fuels such as green electricity, hydrogen or hydrogen and SAF in a flexible configuration.
Embraer also flew its Electric Demonstrator last August, a turboprop that is 100 percent electrically powered.