ecoDemonstrator Expands Imagination of Engineers

Technology tests are “design come to life” for Boeing engineers
Aug 13, 2015 11:10 AM ET
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A Boeing team recently celebrated the end of another successful chapter of Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program, which tests new technologies to reduce aviation's environmental impact.

Starting in March 2015, the ecoDemonstrator 757 tested more than 15 new technologies in collaboration with NASA and TUI Group and the airplane’s owner, the leasing company Stifel. This allowing Boeing engineers the opportunity to develop new approaches to reduce an airplane’s fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions.

“It’s been a great opportunity to get engineers hands-on on the airplane,” said Jeanne Yu, director of environmental performance for Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Development. “It’s unique that they get to test their technologies and just try them out and learn.”

For example, engineers working on the the ecoDemonstrator 757 tested ways to harvest thermal energy and solar energy to power electronically dimmable window.