Milestone for hydrogen combustion in aircraft turbines

Oct. 13, 2023
Successful tests pave the way for the use of 100 percent hydrogen in aircraft turbines, the German Aerospace Center reports.

COLOGNE, Germany - The combustion of hydrogen in aircraft engines is a crucial core technology for climate-friendly air transport. In a joint project led by Rolls-Royce and its partner easyJet, 100 percent hydrogen was successfully tested for the first time under aircraft take-off conditions at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Cologne, DLR reports.

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13 October 2023 - "This is an outstanding success story, and we are pleased that we were able to make a significant contribution with our hydrogen testing capabilities. It was exciting to support this technology development and see how it was further advanced in the various facilities at our Institute of Propulsion Technology. This once again demonstrates DLR's capabilities in complex applied research. Achieving this rapid pace was supported by our experience in testing ground-based gas turbines," said Markus Fischer, DLR Divisional Board Member for Aeronautics.

Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Rolls-Royce, said: "This is an incredible achievement in a short space of time. Controlling the combustion process is one of the key technology challenges the industry faces in making hydrogen a real aviation fuel of the future. We have achieved that, and it makes us eager to keep moving forward. I want to thank easyJet, Loughborough University and DLR for their dedication and support in reaching this milestone."

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