EcoPower Service Scrubs Carbon Deposits From Turbofans
Pratt & Whitney said this week it will provide EcoPower
engine wash services for the entire US Air Force F117 fleet of 800
engines, as part of a C-17 F117 Engine Overhaul and Repair support
contract from The Boeing Company, announced in October. As part of
this support contract, Pratt & Whitney will also provide
EcoPower engine wash services for other C-17 customers
Pratt & Whitney says its patented EcoPower washes reduce
engine fuel burn by as much as 1.2 percent, eliminate three pounds
of carbon dioxide emissions for every pound of fuel saved, and
decrease engine exhaust gas temperature by as much as 15 degrees
Celsius, improving performance and increasing the amount of time an
engine can stay on wing.
"We are proud to help the US Air Force and global C-17 customers
to operate more effectively and more environmentally friendly,"
said Joanne Hastings, director, Line Maintenance Services, Pratt
& Whitney. "To support this F117 Engine Overhaul and Repair
support contract, we will conduct washes at locations in the United
States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, and Australia.
We are hoping to make EcoPower engine wash technology available for
other USAF aircraft in the near future."
Pratt & Whitney launched the EcoPower service business in
late 2004 and to date has completed nearly 4,000 washes for more
than 60 customers in 10 countries. This F117 engine maintenance
contract managed by Boeing is for a one year period of performance
contract extension with the option to extend for two additional
years through 2011.
The EcoPower engine wash service, offered through the Global
Service Partners network, uses a closed-loop system with pure,
atomized water to wash aircraft engines, thus avoiding potential
contaminant runoff. The system is more effective and much faster
than traditional engine washing processes. Issued patents and
applications cover various aspects of EcoPower(R) engine wash
services in several countries relating to features such as water
atomization, the closed-loop system, effluent collection process
and purification techniques.