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Rolls-Royce and easyJet test hydrogen-powered aircraft engine

11/30/2022 - 09:22

Together with easyJet, Rolls-Royce has successfully tested a cutting-edge hydrogen airplane engine for the first time.

Anna Zvereva
Anna Zvereva
The first cutting-edge hydrogen airplane engine has been successfully tested by Rolls-Royce. The test was run with the assistance of easyJet, the automotive company reported in a press release.

Hydrogen produced by wind and tide energy in the Scottish Orkney Islands was used in the first ground test at Boscombe Down Airbase in the UK. European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) provided the hydrogen. A modified AE 2100-A aircraft engine, which is often used on regional aircraft all around the world, was used for the test.

The test was hailed as "an exciting milestone" by Grazia Vittadini, technical director at Rolls-Royce. As she put it, "We are pushing the boundaries to expand the potential of zero-carbon hydrogen, which could potentially revolutionize the future of aviation."