EasyJet and Rolls-Royce to pioneer hydrogen engine combustion technology under H2ZERO partnership
easyJet and Rolls-Royce have announced a groundbreaking new partnership, H2ZERO, which will pave the way for the development of hydrogen combustion engine technology capable of powering a range of aircraft, including those in the narrow-body market segment.
The two companies are committed to working together on a series of ground engine tests, starting later this year, and share the ambition to get the technology off the ground. The objective of this partnership is to demonstrate that hydrogen has the potential to power a range of aircraft from the mid-2030s.
While Rolls-Royce will contribute its expertise in engine development and combustion systems, easyJet will contribute its operational knowledge and experience to H2ZERO and will also invest directly in the test programme.
Through H2ZERO, the companies will support a first concept ground test of a Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engine in the
H2ZERO is inspired by the UN-backed global Race to Zero campaign, which both companies have signed up to, committing to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The agreement announced today follows a research project that the two companies launched in 2021, developing market analysis, developing specifications, studying infrastructure and regulatory requirements to support the use of hydrogen in aviation.
Grazia Vittadini, Director of Technology and Strategy at Rolls-Royce, said: “H2ZERO is a big step forward for Rolls-Royce and we are delighted to be working with a partner who shares a desire to innovate and find new answers to aviation’s greatest challenges. . At Rolls-Royce, we want to be ready to pioneer sustainability with whatever the future demands, whether it’s hydrogen, electric power, sustainable aviation fuel or efficiency. gas turbines. This agreement gives us more incentive to move forward.
The H2ZERO partnership was also created in response to detailed research and market research – including the
1. Rolls-Royce pioneers the power that matters to connect, power and protect society. We are committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 2030 (excluding product testing) and have joined the United Nations Race to Zero campaign in 2020, affirming our ambition to play a fundamental role to enable the sectors in which we operate to achieve net zero carbon by 2050.
2. Rolls-Royce has customers in over 150 countries, including over 400 airline and leasing customers, 160 armed forces and navies and over 5,000 energy and nuclear customers.
3. The underlying annual revenue has been
The airline takes sustainability seriously and, joining Race to Zero last year, committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It also recently announced its interim carbon emissions reduction target. carbon based on science, a 35% improvement in carbon emissions intensity by FY2035. on a FY2020 basis. Ultimately, easyJet wants to achieve zero-carbon flight and is working with industry partners including Airbus, Rolls-Royce,
In the meantime, the airline offsets the carbon emissions of the fuel used for all its flights, at no additional cost to its customers, and only supports projects certified by Gold Standard or Verified Carbon Standard, internationally recognized certification systems. In addition, easyJet continues to renew its fleet, operates efficiently and aims to fill most of its seats. Since 2000, over a 20-year period, the airline has reduced its carbon emissions per passenger per kilometer by a third, and aims to reduce them further.
Beyond carbon, easyJet is focused on reducing plastic – over 36 million single-use plastic items have been eliminated – as well as reducing waste within its wider operations and supply chain. ‘supply. The airline also introduced new crew uniforms made from recycled plastic bottles. With 45 bottles in each uniform, this has the potential to prevent 2.7 million plastic bottles from ending up in landfills or the oceans over the next five years.
easyJet aims to be a good corporate citizen, employing people under local contract in eight countries across
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