Sharks on a plane! Sydney start-up plans to save airlines $61b a year

Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (with funds managed by Virescent Ventures) is backing a Sydney start-up that makes sharkskin stickers that reduce wind drag and could save the aviation industry tens of billions of dollars a year in fuel costs.

The start-up, MicroTau, has developed a way to print microscopic, three dimensional “riblets” into huge, lightweight stickers that can be applied to the skin of an aeroplane to reduce wind drag by as much as 12 per cent, leading to a similar saving in jet fuel.

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