Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - November 28, 2022
Rolls-Royce and easyJet Test Hydrogen Aircraft Engine
Rolls-Royce and easyJet conducted a ground test for the world’s first run of a modern aircraft engine on hydrogen.
The test used green hydrogen created by wind and tidal power. A statement from Rolls-Royce called the test “a major step towards proving that hydrogen could be a zero carbon aviation fuel of the future and is a key proof point in the decarbonization strategies of both Rolls-Royce and easyJet.
The test was conducted at an outdoor facility at MoD Boscombe Down, UK, using a converted Rolls-Royce AE 2100-A regional aircraft engine. EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre) supplied green hydrogen for the test, generated using renewable energy at their hydrogen production and tidal test facility on Eday in the Orkney Islands, UK.
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Grant Shapps, said: “The UK is leading the global shift to guilt-free flying, and today’s test by Rolls-Royce and easyJet is an exciting demonstration of how business innovation can transform the way we live our lives.
The partnership will conduct a series of further rig tests leading up to a full-scale ground test of a Roll-Royce Pearl 15 jet engine.