Oregon, Pennsylvania: EERE-Supported Innovation Recognized by R&D Magazine for Fuel-Saving Product

Project Overview
Positive Impact: EERE-funded technology has the potential to save millions of gallons of aviation fuel annually.
Locations: Oregon, Pennsylvania
Partners: National Energy Technology Laboratory, MDS Coating Technologies Corporation, Delta Air Lines
EERE Investment: $467,371 
Clean Energy Sector: Energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturingPDF

During aircraft operation, gas turbine engines are continuously exposed to erosive media that damage engine components. BlackGold is a nanocoating material and application process that, when applied to gas turbine aircraft engines, can significantly reduce erosion of compressor airfoils—leading to reduced material loss as well as maintaining engine performance and enhancing overall fuel efficiency during service. MDS Coating Technologies Corporation teamed with scientists and engineers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory and Delta Air Lines to perform critical tests required for FAA certification needed to deploy the protective coating on commercial aircraft. Receiving a 2013 R&D 100 Award for being a technologically significant product in the marketplace, this FAA-approved nanocoating has the potential to save the U.S. commercial aviation industry up to 100 million gallons of fuel annually and garner cost savings greater than $300 million per year.

The Advanced Manufacturing Office partners with industry, small business, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging technologies with the potential to create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the United States.

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