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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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