Boeing opens a new research and technology center in Japan.
The facility will focus on sustainability and support a recently expanded cooperation agreement with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Boeing and the department have expanded their 2019 cooperation agreement to now include a focus on sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), electric and hydrogen powertrain technologies and future flight concepts.
This is in addition to exploring electric and hybrid-electric propulsion to enable new forms of urban mobility.
“The new center will expand Boeing-wide initiatives in sustainable fuels and electrification, and explore the intersection of digitalization, automation and high-performance aerospace composites,” said Greg Hyslop, P.Eng. CEO of Boeing.
The BR&T – Japan Research Center will be located in Nagoya.
The facility will further expand Boeing’s research and development footprint in the region, which includes centers in Australia, China and Korea.
Boeing has been accepted as the newest member of ACT FOR SKY, a voluntary organization of 16 companies working to market, promote and expand the use of SAF produced in Japan.
It was founded by Boeing airline customers All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL).
Masahiro Aika, ACT FOR SKY representative, said, “ACT FOR SKY welcomes Boeing’s participation. We look forward to Boeing working with other members to promote and expand SAF in Japan.
Chris Raymond, Boeing’s Chief Sustainability Officer, added, “We must continue to partner with capable innovators and leaders to support the industry’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”