http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 17.94Change: -0.16
R/$ = 15.91Change: -0.07
Au 1198.53 $/ozChange: 5.48
Pt 936.00 $/ozChange: 3.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Sep 10, 2010

First general aviation engine powers light aircraft with biofuel

Back
Africa|Aircraft|Aviation|Castings|composite|Design|Diesel|Engines|Environment|Gas|Innovation|Petroleum|Power|PROJECT|Safety|System|Technology|Africa|Automotive|Manufacturing|Infrastructure|Diesel
Africa|Aircraft|Aviation|Castings|composite|Design|Diesel|Engines|Environment|Gas|Innovation|Petroleum|Power|PROJECT|Safety|System|Technology|Africa|Automotive|Manufacturing|Infrastructure|
africa-company|aircraft|aviation|castings|composite|design|diesel-company|engines|environment|gas|innovation|petroleum|power|project|safety|system|technology|africa|automotive|manufacturing|infrastructure|diesel
© Reuse this



Local general aviation company Adept Airmotive has developed the first general aviation engine that is able to power a light aircraft with a range of environment-friendly alternative fuels, such as biofuels and liquid petroleum gas.

The Adept 320T engine, which powered a South African-designed, all-composite SA Ravin 500 light aircraft, in May, at Virginia airport, in Durban, can also run on normal unleaded petrol, with an octane rating as low as 85, and current low-lead standard aviation fuel, reports Adept Airmotive MD Richard Schulz.

The 158-kg liquid-cooled engine, which produces 320 hp and has an advanced electronic engine management system in place, sets new standards in performance and low life-cycle costs.

Schulz says that the 120º V6 engine has low-lead nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide emissions and reduced noise levels and high levels of strength, durability and smoothness.

“The process of taking a concept, in terms of a biofueled aircraft, and turning it into a reality has opened up huge scope in catering for the environment-friendly and cost-effective demands of new forms of fuel that are coming on stream,” he says.

As engines in the aviation industry typically have a life cycle of about 35 years, the latest technology had to be forward thinking and be able to adapt to any future fuel demands. In line with this aim, Adept decided to incorporate, in the design features and specifications, the ability to handle all potential nonfossil fuels.

“Adept identified that the current fuels used in general aviation, excluding the heavy fuels, such as diesel, all rely on adding lead and heavy metal additives to the fuel, which does not comply with the US or European aviation authorities’ legislative and regulatory acts.”

Adept used a digital prototyping design process that enabled it to use digital design data contained in three-dimensional models from concept to final component. A full suite of hard tooling now exists for commercial production, says Schulz.

This was the first time that an emission-free foundry process was used in the production of engine castings in South Africa, and has only recently been introduced by a major European automotive manufacturer.

The process is the result of Adept and Ashland Sud-Chemie, a German foundry chemicals company, combining technologies, he says.

Adept, which was established seven years ago, received its initial funding for the project from private investment company Tanglewood Private Equity. The Department of Science and Technology’s Innovation Fund invested R10,5-million to fund the company to preproduction stage.

Currently, the expenditure is at about R15-million, excluding the commercialisation costs, and setting up the infrastructure to go into volume manufacturing, says Schulz.

Adept is now in discussion with many investors for funding up to full production. The company also has hopes for additional government support for the next critical 12- to 18-month commercialisation stage, he adds.

The company is also working towards getting its regu- latory certification in place through the European Aviation Safety Authorities (EASA) to start supplying engines in numbers, which was not originally anticipatted.

“The certification will ramp up production and open up markets that are not currently viable for Adept unless the company has its certification from the EASA.”

Adept is working closely with composite aircraft manufacturer Ravin on the further development of the Ravin 500 aircraft, as well as a twin-engine aircraft with advanced avionics packages installed, to develop an all- African range of general aviation aircraft, using only local suppliers and materials, he says.

“Adept, with its new engine developments, believes that it is accelerating the development of aviation technology and providing a catalyst for the creation of a viable and profit- able South African general aviation manufacturing industry,” Schulz concludes.

Edited by: Brindaveni Naidoo
© Reuse this

To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here
To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here
 
Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Aviation News
DE AAR SOLAR FARM Bidvest Panalpina Logistics was instrumental in the Northern Cape solar power project
The continuous progression of South Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) and special economic zones (SEZs) as well as the implementation of associated legislation are crucial for the sustainable growth of the energy sector, says supply-chain specialist...
Every day, some 100 000 commercial aviation flights take-off and land, transporting on average one million people and 150 000 t of cargo, over a global network of 54 000 routes. These figures were highlighted by International Air Transport Association (IATA)...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
Steel producer Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium announced on Wednesday that the Department of Labour had put a “pause” to Training Layoff Scheme (TLS) payments in response to confirmation that the proposed sale of the business to International Resources Limited...
About 2 000 workers at LafargeHolcim's South African unit will on Thursday launch an open-ended strike over pay, a labour union said on Wednesday. "The industrial strike would encompass the entire workforce and it will be a total withdrawal of labour by our members...
French Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Minister Emmanuel Macron has announced the creation of six new French tech hubs in Cape Town, San Francisco, London, Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong. “I am delighted that Cape Town has been designated as a French tech hub....
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
Energy Roundup – February 2016 (PDF Report)
The February 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for December 2015 and January 2016 and includes details of a Government Gazette notice that confirms Cabinet’s decision to move ahead with the 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme; State-owned power...
Energy Roundup - December 2015 (PDF Report)
The December 2015 roundup includes details of State-owned utility Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion; South Africa’s ranking as an investment destination for renewable energy; and a nuclear expert’s thoughts on reactor designs for South Africa’s nuclear...
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Power and automation company ABB is in the launch phase of its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot, the IRB 8700. The robot has a reach of 3.5 m and can handle a payload of up to 800 kg. “When designing the IRB 8700, we emphasised reach and payload, as...
Identity and Access Management (IAM) is a critical facet of a connected security ecosystem, as controlling the confidentiality, integrity and authorisation of data access and use is key to securing new digital business channels. However, companies face several...
RORY YOUNG Managed security services provide companies with a means to actively monitor their environment and ward against threats
Data underpins digital business models, the digital economy, the Internet of Things and the fundamental changes in the ways people interact and protecting data is crucial to securing new ways of doing business, says T-Systems South Africa information and...
The City of Cape Town will issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses for its MyCiTi service, in line with the council’s commitment to lower its carbon footprint, says executive mayor Patricia de Lille. The tender, to be advertised early in February, will...
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority signed a R10-million contract last month with local tailings storage facility specialists Cyclone Engineering Projects to remove about 100 000 m3 of dredge spoil obstructing the natural course of the uMfolozi river, in...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $149 Close
Subscribe Now for $149