Aerospace centre to open soon

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Eco-friendly initiatives to boost capacity and jobs for young Malaysians in aerospace industry The soon-to-be launched Aerospace Malaysian Innovation Centre (Amic) here will undertake green technology initiatives with the help of local universities in its pioneer projects. Among the initiatives are to develop jet fuel from algae, set innovative standards in aero-structure manufacturing and sustainable green aeronautic materials, and improve technologies for systems integration. Amic, which has an initial grant of RM40 million, is scheduled to be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) 2011 exhibition on Dec 6. Universiti Putra Malaysia, which has been appointed the lead university, has committed RM15 million over three years, while Amic is managed by Might-Meteor Advanced Manufacturing Sdn Bhd. Amic board joint-chairman Datuk Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid said the centre was spearheaded by a consortium comprising the European Aeronautic Defence Space Company (EADS), Rolls Royce, Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd and the government. It is supported by private entities, university academia and research organisations. “Having discussed our research priorities, we have concluded that advances in the above initiatives hold great promises for the aerospace industry, which is a forerunner in the development of new-generation technologies. We are interested in strengthening capacity-building and job-creation for young Malaysians in the fledgling aerospace industry,” said Zakri, who is also science adviser to the prime minister. Zakri added that the development of other identified technologies for the innovation of aero-structure manufacturing and sustainable aeronautic materials also promised to advance Malaysia’s position in high-value sustainable industries At the same time, those technologies can help to contribute to the global value chain of original aircraft equipment manufacturers like EADS and Rolls Royce. EADS chief technical officer Jean J. Botti said there were over 1,000 species of micro-organisms being studied and high-quality extracts from algae had been used to produce kerosene since last year. “With increasing emphasis on ‘green technologies’, we are looking at exploring new bio-fuel products as alternatives,” said Botti. – Source: NST

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