And the 'engineering Oscar' goes to... Bombardier's green wings

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Published on July 12, 2019 - Duration: 01:18s

And the 'engineering Oscar' goes to... Bombardier's green wings

Sometimes called the 'Oscars of engineering', this year's MacAndrew award goes to Bombardier's Belfast unit for its light, fuel-saving jetliner wings.

Julian Satterthwaite reports.


And the 'engineering Oscar' goes to... Bombardier's green wings

They call them the 'Oscars of engineering'.

And this year the top prize goes to a green wing.

The Belfast unit of aerospace and transport firm Bombardier taking the MacRobert Award.

It developed this wing for jetliners.

Made of fabric and resin, it's hardened using heat and pressure.

The result is ten percent lighter than a conventional metal wing.

That means lighter planes and fuel savings.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BOMBARDIER AVIATION AEROSTRUCTURES CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, MICHAEL RYAN, SAYING: "We want to be flying in aircraft which are environmentally sustainable, which are competitive to allow all of us to fly more affordable." Energy is also saved during manufacturing.

Conventional carbon-fibre wings require intensive refrigeration while they're made.

And they involve more parts and energy.

Other finalists this year included Cambridge firm Darktrace.

It developed AI-powered software that can heal itself after cyber attacks.

Bombardier's green wings end up on these jets.

Airbus A220s - originally developed by Bombardier itself before it sold its airliner business to the European giant.

Amid rising concern over aviation's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, flying on these planes is just that bit greener.

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