Shell Aviation announced introduction of first-of-its-kind electric pump jet refuelling vehicle
10 July 2018
Shell Aviation has announced the introduction of a first-of-its-kind electric pump jet refuelling vehicle in its operations at Stuttgart Airport (STR) in Germany. The vehicle is claimed to significantly reduce diesel consumption during aircraft refuelling activities, supporting airports in their efforts to reduce emissions across their operations. “The electric pump jet refueller system is an example of the spirit of innovation we bring to our customers, working with airports and airlines to provide solutions to the operational challenges they face,” said Anne Anderson, Vice President Shell Aviation. “We are hopeful that this pilot programme at Stuttgart Airport will prove successful and these vehicles will have an important role to play in airports of the future, she added” The 20,000-l refueller features a fully electric fuelling system and pressure control, enabling a significant reduction in diesel consumption when compared to conventional refuellers which use the diesel engine to power refuelling. The new refueller uses its diesel engine solely for moving around the apron, switching it off while refuelling takes place. Following extensive trials, the refueller is currently being piloted with the support of Stuttgart Airport. It is anticipated that the refueller will deliver a reduction in diesel consumption of up to 2,200 l during the course of the pilot, compared to a conventional refuelling vehicle. The introduction of the refueller saw Shell Aviation working with Esterer, a leading manufacturer of aircraft refuelling equipment. Developed by Esterer with input from Shell Aviation, the electric refuelling system allows the vehicle’s diesel engine to be switched off during refuelling, reducing CO2 emissions at the point of use by lowering diesel consumption. Noise and particulate emissions on the aircraft stand are also reduced, due to the diesel engine running for less time compared to a conventional refueller.