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Autonomous aircraft cleaning and de-icing

A new method for washing, de-icing and de-sanding aircraft could help airlines to reduce fossil fuel emissions. Not yet commercially implemented, the solution is currently in the final stages of testing.

At a glance

  • Enclosed system for cleaning aircraft
  • Cuts fuel consumption by up to 1%
  • Full-scale test facility near completion in Skien, Norway

Status

Soon available
There are concrete plans to make the solution commercially available in the near future.

Aviation is the least sustainable mode of transport for both passengers and freight, and the industry is under pressure to cut emissions. Electric planes, however, are still decades away, and so airlines must focus on reducing emissions within their existing framework.

One way of limiting emissions is through the efficient cleaning of planes. Flying a clean aircraft can reduce fuel consumption up to one per cent because of reduced drag, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Current practices for cleaning planes, however, are costly and time-consuming. Additionally, many de-icing fluids can percolate through soil and enter groundwater underneath airports.

Autonomous cleaning

MSG Production has created a new and unique solution for cleaning, de-icing and de-sanding planes.

The autonomous and enclosed system is pre-programmed according to plane type and completes a wash in as little as 20 minutes. A more efficient wash means cleaner planes in a shorter space of time, increasing the number of clean planes at an airport.

Moreover, the MSG solution retains and reuses up to 95 per cent of fluids from each wash and de-icing, avoiding spillage and ground contamination.

Concrete benefits

The MSG solution reduces the need for manual labour in cleaning planes, making the cleaning process more efficient.

A clean plane may reduce fuel consumption by up to one per cent, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and fuel costs accordingly. The ability to save water and reuse chemicals also saves resources while sparing the environment.

Moreover, being able to more accurately predict the time it takes to de-ice a plane can result in fewer cancellations and delays.

Market potential

Currently, about 10 000 airports worldwide offer plane cleaning services, with around 2 500 airports also offering de-icing services. The MSG solution can be installed at any of these airports, helping to make the airports more efficient.

MSG Production was founded in 2016 and is currently completing its full-scale test facility in Skien, Norway.

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Get in touch

Company info

MSG Production AS
Voldsvegen 204, NO-3739 Skien, Norway
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At a glance

  • Enclosed system for cleaning aircraft
  • Cuts fuel consumption by up to 1%
  • Full-scale test facility near completion in Skien, Norway

Status

Soon available
There are concrete plans to make the solution commercially available in the near future.

Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

Get in touch

Company info

MSG Production AS
Voldsvegen 204, NO-3739 Skien, Norway
Contact