Airbus, Aerospace Valley to collaborate with SMEs on eco-friendly projects

The companies have selected four projects proposed by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that work to solve environmental challenges of civil aviation.

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Airbus (Toulouse, France) and Aerospace Valley, a research & development group in France, have selected four projects proposed by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This follows a call for ideas launched in 2014 across Europe to reduce aircraft noise, CO2emissions or fuel consumption in civil aviation, to contribute to the eco-performance and efficiency of the cabin as well as in the development of alternative energies.

The projects are:

•         ISAE/INSA – Innovative de-icing system.

•         ONERA – Influence of jet fuel composition.

•         INNOV’ATM, ant-insects behavior approach for airport ground movement optimization.

•         VESO Concept – Bio-materials for cabin interiors.

The projects will benefit in the search for funding and technological partnerships, and from collaboration with Airbus experts to help them develop their ideas in the short term.

In addition the INNOV’ATM project has been selected to be accelerated within the Airbus BizLAb, a global network of accelerator facilities created by Airbus to speed up the transformation of groundbreaking ideas into valuable business propositions. 

 “We are very proud to have launched this first joint call for ideas together with Airbus,” said Aerospace Valley President Agnès Paillard. “This initiative is a great opportunity for European SMEs and laboratories willing to start collaborations with Airbus and Aerospace Valley community. We are convinced that the selected ideas bring interesting concepts to environmental challenges of civil aviation. Aerospace Valley will therefore support these contributors by helping them to mature their concept and to transform these ideas into concrete projects or products.”

From the 59 submitted ideas, seven teams were invited to pitch their projects to a jury, composed of Airbus, Aerospace Valley representatives and aviation experts, to assess the measurable positive impact of their proposal on the environment, the ease of implementation and the level of innovation consistent with Airbus environmental priorities The goal of the collaboration with the start-ups and SMEs from different industries is to apply technologies that can bring incremental innovation to the products and services.

"Airbus is a major partner of Aerospace Valley and has welcome the proposal to jointly launch a call for ideas specifically targeting SMEs in the domain of environment, which is a top priority in our innovation roadmap,” said Yann Barbaux, chief innovation officer for Airbus. “This contest is one of the initiatives we began to open Airbus to external ideas coming from our eco-system and in particular from small companies. The call for ideas was a real success with regard to both the number of applications and the quality of the proposals. We’ll make sure that the winning projects will be closely followed-up by our teams.”