Tamarack Aerospace Group was founded to provide step-change advancements in aerospace efficiency technology. We exist to provide significant sustainable solutions to the aviation industry, and the world.
Today our technology & products offer the largest single aircraft efficiency modification on the planet.
The Emissions Question:
How to Radically Reduce Carbon Emissions in Aviation?
The full impact of COVID-19 on aviation is not yet known, but it’s clear that the dramatic drop in aviation travel and associated drop in environmental emissions due to the pandemic has highlighted the need for better solutions.
“The coronavirus crisis is already doing significant damage around the world. Rather than compounding the tragedy by allowing it to hinder clean energy transitions, we need to seize the opportunity to help accelerate them.” - Fatih Birol Executive Director, International Energy Agency
The need for significant reduction in the carbon emissions of commercial air traffic is of paramount importance, and answers are needed right now. Today.
In 2019 aviation contributed about 2.5% of all global CO2 emissions. That represents a 32% increase over a 5-year period.
The need for significant reduction in the carbon emissions
of commercial air traffic is of paramount importance.
The United Nations’ aviation body found carbon dioxide emissions in aviation reached more than 919 million metric tons in 2019 A number that could triple by 2050. The International Council on Clean Transportation found that emissions from global air travel may be increasing more than 1.5 times faster than U.N. 7estimates.
While those numbers are daunting, aviation faces major challenges just trying to meet its own modest self-imposed emission reduction targets, according to another UN report. Those grim forecasts are some of the reasons governmental regulators will continue looking at legislation to force the aviation industry to reduce its emissions. And its why environmental groups will continue to pressure for more draconian changes. In Germany, for instance, the Green Party has proposed banning domestic flights altogether, forcing people to take trains.
The Green Party has proposed banning domestic
flights altogether, forcing people to take trains.
In Europe the act of “flight-shaming,” casting aspersions on air travelers, is a growing trend. Last year Sweden saw a 4% drop in the number of people flying commercial airlines. A rare decline in those numbers, a direct result of flight shaming. The International Air Transport Association predicts flight-shaming will threaten air travel demand beyond Europe - a trend that will certainly find its way to North America and beyond.
Despite flight-shaming, estimates predict air travel will grow by an average of 5% a year through 2034. While some sectors of aviation have seen modest gains in fuel efficiencies - the demand for air travel is outstripping the gains being made reducing total global carbon dioxide emissions in aviation.
Whether by governmental regulation, interest group and societal pressure, or self-oversight, a change is going to come.
The State of Things Today:
The industry is desperate for answers for reducing carbon emissions. Answers needed today. Unfortunately, most of the solutions being considered today only nibble at the edges of the emissions problem.
These are a few ideas for emissions reduction being considered by the industry; in-flight recycling programs, Sustainable Aviation Fuel (many years from being an actual solution), tree-planting as a means of carbon offsetting, carbon removal opportunities via wetland restoration, grassland conservation, marine and soil capture, and other ‘negative emissions technologies.’
Other, longer-range solutions for reducing emissions can be achieved by new engine innovations, more aerodynamic aircraft designs, and hybrid or electric propulsion. All of these are worthy endeavors, but both require a turnover of the current air fleet, meaning decades before meaningful gains would be realized.
The industry is desperate for answers for reducing carbon emissions.
One of the most visible and successful technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was the introduction of the passive winglet. A breakthrough technology that began appearing on commercial aircraft in the 1990’s and has remained virtually unchanged for some 3 decades.
Winglets improve aircraft climb and reduce drag which reduces fuel consumption and emissions. Historically, the results are reductions of by 3% to 5%. Global implementation has been effective at saving over 10 billion gallons of aviation fuel. Not bad, but more must be done.
Reducing Emissions in Aviation Today
The answer for radically reducing the carbon emissions associated with air travel is available today: The future is now.
Tamarack’s revolutionary Active Winglet system can be used on today’s commercial aircraft providing 14% to 16% reduction in emissions - 3 to 5 times the historical benefit of winglets! This technology available and certifiable right now. Today!
Tamarack’s patented Active Winglets are a proven technology, installed and flying on more than 100 business jets today. These aircraft are seeing up to 33% fuel savings, while reducing carbon emissions by the same ratios.
People find it hard to believe that Tamarack’s Active Winglets save so much more fuel than other winglets because they fail to realize that Tamarack’s Active Winglets include a wing extension and a winglet, extending the wing much more than other modifications. The added wingspan improves climb and reduces drag dramatically.
The answer for radically reducing the carbon emissions associated
with air travel is available today.
That same, patented technology is also applicable to commercial airliners, and military aircraft.
Remember, traditional, winglets typically have fuel savings measured in the 3% to 5% range; but those numbers haven’t significantly changed in the last three decades! Tamarack’s Active Winglets reduce emissions 3 to 4 times that of passive winglets.
Commercial aircraft equipped with Active Winglets would immediately experience a reduction in harmful greenhouse in the 14% -16% range. It’s not magic – it’s math.
Today Tamarack’s technology & products offer the advancements in aerospace efficiency that are so desperately needed in the aviation industry, and the world.