Stargate

Brussels Airport’s Stargate project will be working with a consortium of 21 partners, including VIL, to make aviation and airports greener and more sustainable. Stargate includes building a biofuel blending installation at the airport, electric ground handling material and testing a new innovation that will make engine test runs much more quiet.

status: Running | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: European

Stargate includes about thirty small and large projects, focused on three main areas:

  • a further decarbonisation of the airport operations
  • improving the local environmental quality 
  • improving the modal split

The Stargate project has received a 24.8 million euros grant within the European Green Deal to implement these projects in the coming years.

Specific activities

In the area of decarbonisation, an increasing focus will be on electric taxing, electric ground handling material and ground handling material fuelled by hydrogen.

Next to that, a blending installation for biofuel will be built at Brussels Airport. Brussels Airport will thus become the first airport in the world where kerosene is blended with biofuel on site. This will allow a systematic increase in the proportion of biofuel. 

For the production of energy, we will look into how we can increase the supply of renewable energy and we will investigate the possibilities to cooperate with neighbouring municipalities. 

Regarding the local environmental quality, the focus will be on refining existing techniques and on innovation. This includes improving the flight efficiency and green landings, a landing technique that ensures lower fuel consumption, lower emissions and less noise. 

Finally, Stargate also aims at improving mobility at and around airports and stimulating alternatives to the car.

Practical details

Start: October 2021
Total lead time: 5 years

PARTNERS

Brussels Airport Company – Athens International Airport S.A. – Budapest Airport Ltd. – Toulouse Blagnac Airport (ATB) – Air Cargo Belgium – Brussels Airlines – TUI – DHL Aviation – Engie LABORELEC vzw – Skytanking – Skeyes – To70 – BV Lux Mobility – Universiteit Hasselt – Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics – IES R&D – Sopra Steria – Provincie Vlaams-Brabant – Quatra – Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO) – NMBS Brussels Airport Company – Athens International Airport S.A. – Budapest Airport Ltd. – Toulouse Blagnac Airport (ATB) – Air Cargo Belgium – Brussels Airlines – TUI – DHL Aviation – Engie LABORELEC vzw – Skytanking – Skeyes – To70 – BV Lux Mobility – Universiteit Hasselt – Erasmus Centre for Urban, Port and Transport Economics – IES R&D – Sopra Steria – Provincie Vlaams-Brabant – Quatra – Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO) – NMBS – VIL

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