Clean Sky 2 aims at developing environmentally friendly technologies for the next generation of aviation. This is the overall goal and target of ecoTECH.
In addition, the European competitiveness will be raised as knowledge about materials, processing, and manufacturing will be shared among all stakeholder. The Aircraft industry is the main target market, but others (automotive, railway, shipbuilding etc.) will benefit in the near future as well. All these factors have a direct influence and outcome for the European industry and employment market.
The final objective of the project will be to utilize the key enabling technologies and manufacture four major demonstrators in order to demonstrate, validate and verify novel materials, technologies and processes. They will be built at a suitable scale and complexity for the purposes of the project and will include:
- Thermoplastic Fusalage Panel
- Thermoset Stabilizer Panel
- Metallic Fuselage Section with a Floor Beam
- Drawer Box – Biomaterial A/C Interior
The ecoTECH project is structured into six main Technology Streams:
- Thermoset composite materials
- Thermoplastic composite material
- Metals & Surface Treatment
Each of these Technology Streams is investigated regarding four different Life Cycle Stages:
- Manufacturing processes
- Maintenance and repair
- End of life
Data Collection and Exchange for Life Cycle Assessment is structured as an interface between the technological developments in the project and the ECO-activities in CleanSky 2. It will ensure compatibility between ecoTECH data and previous data collected in CleanSky 1, the CleanSky AED and CleanSky EcoDesign tools. At the End of the first stage (after two years), the Life Cycle Assessment at the technology level will allow getting an estimate on environmental impacts that can be used as an additional decision making aspect when selecting the most innovative and promising technologies. At the next step, selected technologies will be applied to suitable demonstrators and the Life Cycle Assessment at demonstrator phase will be carried out to calculate the overall environmental impacts.