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Inspired by: FP7 » Research on Aircrafts Propelled by Alternative Fuels

version: 7 / updated: 2011-01-27
id: #1531 / version id: #62
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Originally submitted by: Cornelia Daheim
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 7 - Transport (including aeronautics)

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

AAT: The greening of air transport

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Signal's headline

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Research on Aircrafts Propelled by Alternative Fuels

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Great efforts in research aim at developing the usage of alternative fuels in aeronautics. A wide spectrum of classical solutions as plant oils, synthetic fuel, or even radical ones like organic materials may lead to several positive impacts on economy, politics and nature.


alternative fuels, aircraft propulsion. aeronautics, research, fuel


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Great efforts in research aim at developing the usage of alternative fuels in aeronautics. A wide spectrum of classical solutions as plant oils, synthetical fuel, or radical ones like organic materials may lead to positive impacts in various fields.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 WI: all aircrafts are propelled by alternative fuel new/emerging
#2 Using fossil fuels in aviation leads to an extreme reduction of C02-emissions. discontinuation
very beneficial

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

improved research conditions in this area; better funding of ongoing, promosing projects


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Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

economic filters (business/market interests)

Key driving forces of this signal

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Driver 1 Driver 2
Social mobility of people is rising worldwide so that the number of people traveling by plane will rise
Environmental due to the shortage of resources and thus fuel, there will be a strong need for alternative propulsion

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

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Risks Opportunities
between 2015-2025 realise an alternative propulsion for aircrafts and thus mitigate greenhouse gas emmissions and allow air traffic at a moderate price despite the shortage of energy ressources (fuel)

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) support research projects support research projects
Business actors (incl. SMEs) allow alternative concepts
Academic/Research sector focus on alternative propulsion concepts in research focus on alternative propulsion concepts in research

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Energy security/dynamics

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Environment (including Climate Change)
Transport (including aeronautics)

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Increasing the efficiency and impact of public research through Joint Programming (i.e. combining national and pan-European research efforts) or the optimisation of research programmes and priorities, for example.

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening the actors in the research-friendly ecology
(i.e. Research funding organisations, universities, businesses, Research and Technology Organisations, Researchers and Citizens)

Signal's relevance for future R&D and STI policies

Note: RTD = research and technology development; STI = science, technology and innovation
Breakthroughs in R&D on using alternative fuels in aviation might have dramatic impacts on motorised individual mobility as well. Cooperation between actors from the aviation and the automotive industry in the field of alternative fuels have to be fostered.