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Aviation 2016

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Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Jan 15, 2016 08:00 EST - May 23, 2016 08:00 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

May 23, 2016 08:00 EDT - Jun 7, 2016 12:00 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Jun 7, 2016 12:00 EDT - Jun 16, 2016 12:00 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 EDT - Jul 5, 2016 12:00 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Jul 5, 2016 12:00 EDT - Aug 1, 2016 12:00 EDT
Completed
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Aug 1, 2016 12:00 EDT
How can we design, operate, and power aircraft to reduce the climate impacts of aviation?

Aviation forms a key component of the transportation industry with over 6 billion passengers every year. Out of the current industrial carbon emissions, aviation accounts for around 3%. Despite its emissions currently being relatively small, aviation is one of the fastest growing sectors, growing at around 5% per year, leading to a more connected global economy. This growth rate is expected to outpace developments in technology, with aviation ultimately accounting for up to 15% of total anthropogenic climate impacts by 2050. In addition to carbon emissions, aviation’s non-CO2 impacts are of equal, if not greater, importance. Given the altitudes that aircraft operate, aviation has a unique and substantial environmental impact. NOx emissions and condensation trails, or contrails, are significant short-term climate forcers and lead to a variety of competing effects impacting the environment.

In this contest, we look for a variety of solutions aimed at changing the way we tackle aviation’s environmental impacts. From near-term operational changes to long-term, game changing technologies, we are open to a range of ideas.

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11 Proposals
Focusing heavy investments from China to ramp up sustainable biofuel production can bring global costs down.
Zero fuel Zero Emission replacement technology for aircraft's Auxiliary Power Units (APUs).
Self cleaning planes which can clean the bug guts, dirt and remove acummulated ice to reduce drag and improve efficiency of the airplane.
Jatropha curcas L. is a non-food bioenergy, a second-generation biofuel plant that provide a portion of the fuel supply.
A new system of navigation and traffic separation should be created to improve safety and efficiency.
Transition to Low Carbon Economy
Ocean farming for H2/biofuels coupled with an H2 aircraft concept offers significant SRM implications as well as potential C-neg aviation.
Solar powered aircraft equipped with solar cells covering its wing, it retrieves energy from the sun in order to supply power.
Hempearth is proud to be producing the world’s first hemp plane.
I propose to improve airplane efficiency by flying with an optimal load after elimating excess cargo, everything is weighed to get optimum.
We can manufacture all the jet fuel we need and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.