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Balance 2015 ENG

03 Environmentally sound solutions: Taxiing and towing with electrical power Lufthansa Technik is ahead of the game in the area of electrically-powered mobility as well. Given the enor- mous ecological and economic savings potentials, the company has been researching alternative power con- cepts for aircraft movements on the ground since 2008. The goal is to significantly reduce an aircraft’s kerosene consumption and thus its emissions of CO2 and noise during taxiing and towing at airports. To this end the hybrid aircraft tug TaxiBot, which was developed with extensive support from Lufthansa Technik and its subsid- iary Lufthansa LEOS, has been deployed in real flight operations at Frankfurt Airport ever since its certification by the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) (see page 50, Energy and resource management). 05 DishwashAir: The flying dishwasher DishwashAir is the name of a new minimal-water-con- sumption dishwasher specially designed for use aboard passenger aircraft. Developed by a consortium headed by Lufthansa Technik, this innovation lets airlines load only as much cutlery and dishware aboard aircraft as is actually needed for in-flight service. The appliance, which is equipped with complex safety mechanisms, allows the crew to wash a load of dirty dishes and cutlery in only six minutes with a mere three liters of water. The first VIP clients of Lufthansa Technik have already decided in favor of installing the DishwashAir aboard their aircraft. “Our capacity for innovation gives us enormous drive. It is getting room to develop, so that we can offer our clients added value through new products. In this way, we have created all the pre- requisites for further growth.” Dr. Helge Sachs Head of Corporate Innovation Management and Product Development Lufthansa Technik AG 04 Cyclean®: The revolution in engine washes Cyclean® Engine Wash, developed by Lufthansa Technik, is a particularly efficient way to clean aircraft engines. In this way, airlines can save about 0.5 percent of their kero- sene requirements. The water-based procedure can now be used at temperatures down to minus ten degrees Celsius. In a parallel move, Lufthansa Technik is research- ing the use of alternative blasting materials, such as CO2 dry ice pellets, to make engine cleanings possible in permafrost regions as well. Lufthansa Technik also offers a dry washing method for aircraft fuselages using a cleaning paste; this alternative takes more effort than wet washes but consumes significantly fewer natural resources. Sustainability Report Balance // Issue 2015 // Lufthansa Group // 11