EasyJet and Rolls-Royce Achieve Progress on Hydrogen-Fueled Engines - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  September 26, 2023

EasyJet and Rolls-Royce Achieve Progress on Hydrogen-Fueled Engines

EasyJet and partner Rolls-Royce marked another step in the research process to deploy hydrogen as an aviation fuel.

The companies committed to the development of hydrogen combustion engine technology capable of powering a range of aircraft, including those in the narrow-body market segment, starting in the mid-2030s.

Rolls-Royce is working with Loughborough University in the UK and the German Aerospace Centre Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR).

Tests on a full annular combustor of a Pearl 700 engine at DLR in Cologne running on 100% hydrogen proved the fuel source can be combusted at conditions that represent maximum take-off thrust.

In 2022, easyJet and Rolls-Royce successfully operated a modern aero engine — an AE2100 — on green hydrogen at Boscombe Down, UK. Work continues on systems to deliver the fuel to the engine and integrate those systems with an engine.

"We believe hydrogen is the future of short-haul aviation and the success of this test and progress being made demonstrates that this is becoming ever closer," Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, said in a statement. "We remain optimistic that it will play a critical role in helping us achieve the ambitious goals we set out in our net zero roadmap.”

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