Rolls-Royce set for Hydrogen fuelled engine test

Rolls-Royce AE2100
Rolls-Royce AE2100

Rolls-Royce has said that they are ready to begin carrying out ground tests on the first hydrogen-fuelled AE2100 aero engine as part of its race to net zero programme.

Working in conjunction with low-cost carrier easyJet, Rolls-Royce is exploring hydrogen as a future fuel for aviation replacing conventional fossil fuels.

The AE2100 is a turboprop aero engine that is used to power a variety of aircraft including the C130J Hercules, it was originally designed by the Allison Engine Company and future plans for hydrogen fuel include their Pearl business jet engines.

Rolls-Royce isn’t alone in looking to Hydrogen fuel, Airbus is also exploring hydrogen as a fuel for its airliners.

Rolls-Royce aims to achieve net zero by 2050 however actual flight tests of hydrogen-fuelled commercial aircraft isn’t expected until after 2030.

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Nick is the senior reporter and editor at UK Aviation News as well as working freelance elsewhere. He has his finger firmly on the pulse on Aviation, not only in the UK but worldwide. Nick has been asked to speak in a professional capacity on LBC, Heart and other broadcast networks.

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