'Landmark achievement': Rolls-Royce and easyJet hail successful hydrogen jet engine test

Nov. 29, 2022
The partners described the test as "a major step towards proving that hydrogen could be a zero carbon aviation fuel of the future," James Murray reports for Business Green.

AMESBURY, United Kingdom - Rolls-Royce and easyJet have today confirmed they have achieved a new aviation milestone, after successfully completing the first ground test of a modern aero engine running on hydrogen, James Murray reports for Business Green.

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29 November 2022 - Rolls-Royce and easyJet confirmed in late November that they have set a new aviation milestone with the world’s first run of a modern aero engine on hydrogen. The ground test was conducted on an early concept demonstrator using green hydrogen created by wind and tidal power. The companies say it marks 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 decarbonisation strategies of both Rolls-Royce and easyJet.

The test took place at an outdoor test facility at MoD Boscombe Down, UK, using a converted Rolls-Royce AE 2100-A regional aircraft engine. Green hydrogen for the tests was supplied by the European Marine Energy Center generated using renewable energy at their hydrogen production and tidal test facility on Eday in the Orkney Islands, UK.

Following analysis of this early concept ground test, the partnership plans a series of further rig tests leading up to a full-scale ground test of a Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 jet engine.

The partnership is inspired by the global, UN-backed Race to Zero campaign that both companies have signed up to, committing to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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