They used hydrogen, which is produced by the energy of wind and tides.
Rolls-Royce successfully tested a hydrogen jet engine / photo by Rolls Royce
The British company Rolls Royce and its partner EasyJet, who want to prove that hydrogen can be used safely and efficiently for civil aviation aircraft, have successfully launched a hydrogen-powered aircraft engine for the first time.
According to EasyJet, during ground tests at a test site in Great Britain, the companies used a converted Rolls-Royce AE 2100-A aircraft engine and hydrogen, which is generated by wind and tidal energy.
The companies are currently planning a second series of tests and have ambitions to move to flight tests.
Zero emissions in the field of aviation
World aviation aims to reduce CO2 emissions to zero by 2050. The corresponding goal was declared last year by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which unites more than 290 airlines.
Big companies are working to achieve this goal. In particular, some of them will look at hydrogen as something that can help get to zero by 2050. The transition to hydrogen engines would require a complete overhaul of the infrastructure at airports.
Other technologies include electric motors and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), created on the basis of vegetable raw materials, agricultural waste, cellulose, algae, raw materials for the production of sugar and starch.
Engines already in service can use a mixture of SAF and conventional fuel.
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