Sourcing Renewables - October 20, 2022
Rolls-Royce Signs MOU to Test SAF
Rolls-Royce signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alder Fuels, a clean tech developer and green crude producer to test Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as it makes the next step on its journey to commercial scalability.
The SAF, which has been produced based on Alder Fuels’ proprietary greencrude technology, is being readied for global rollout as a drop-in replacement to petroleum-based jet fuel and will be a critical tool for decarbonizing the skies.
The testing, which will include flight tests on a Rolls-Royce Pearl engine, will evaluate the energy efficiency, emissions criteria, and low-carbon credentials of the SAF produced from Alder Greencrude (AGC) and is another testament to Rolls-Royce's ambition to play a fundamental role in enabling the sectors in which it operates achieve net zero carbon by 2050.
“The use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel as a low-emission solution and its global commercial deployment are essential to the decarbonization of medium to long-haul air travel,” said Frank Moesta, SVP Strategy & Future Programmes – Business Aviation, Rolls-Royce, in a statement. “While we are also working on electrification, hybrid-electric and hydrogen technologies as long-term alternatives, rapid decarbonization is within reach through this critical pathway. Through our partnership with Alder Fuels, we are taking the next steps on our journey to net zero and are committed supporters of the UN Race to Zero goal of 10% SAF use across aviation by 2030.”
Rolls-Royce has previously committed to ensuring all its Trent and Business Aviation engines are compatible with 100% SAF by 2023.