The Anonymous Widower

Rolls-Royce And easyJet Set New World First

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Rolls-Royce.

These three paragraphs explain what the two companies have done and are planning to do.

Rolls-Royce and easyJet today confirmed 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. 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.

Both companies have set out to prove that hydrogen can safely and efficiently deliver power for civil aero engines and are already planning a second set of tests, with a longer-term ambition to carry out flight tests.

The test today was carried out at Boscombe Down and are shown in this picture from Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce AE2100 Hydrogen Demonstrator engine preparing for test at RAF Boscombe Down

Note that the green hydrogen produced using Orcadian winds and tides.

We live in desperate times and I predict that a hydrogen-fuelled and Rolls-Royce-powered easyJet plane, will fly sooner than anybody thinks.

As with athletes, engineers love to be first!

November 28, 2022 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Just to provide a contrarian view about hydrogen that comes from the outgoing CEO of Rolls Royce as reported on the BBC.
    Basically he says that Rolls-Royce only employs about a dozen people directly in the development of hydrogen solutions and that the aviation industry is instead relying heavily on SAF because as things currently stand “We can’t, as a sector, wait for hydrogen”. It seems he regards hydrogen as too much of a risk at the moment.

    Comment by fammorris | December 28, 2022 | Reply


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