Deicing/Anti-icing: Environmental Innovation in Deicing Fluid

As the needs of the industry have changed, suppliers have responded with more environmentally friendly fluid.


In January 2009, one commercial airline approved the use of EcoFlo and began witnessing the environmental and economical benefits firsthand. Because the glycerin used in EcoFlo is an organically derived natural material, it allows EcoFlo users the ability to decrease their carbon footprint and stabilize costs. Since EcoFlo’s cost is not driven by the increasingly volatile crude oil market, it allows Octagon the ability to maintain price stabilization to its customer base, long term.

On March 5, 2010, United Airlines hosted a spray test of EcoFlo in Chicago with a diverse group of other airlines including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, UPS and FedEx. A group of employees from one of Octagon’s competitors, and three airline support companies, also attended the spray test.

EcoFlo’s performance at the United Airlines spray test was a success. When sprayed on the wing, foam was not an issue, as initial tiny bubbles formed, but quickly dissipated. On two consecutive spray trials, the fluid retained a 3 mm thickness after 15 minutes on a 16°F wing. No pooling, gaps or holes in the fluid were witnessed. Subsequent sprays with anti-icing fluids also showed no adverse effects.

With its measureable environmental benefits, EcoFlo is one example of suppliers responding to the needs of a changing marketplace.

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