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Fly On Hydrogen: Rolls-Royce Takes Us To The Sky

by: Joris Zuid
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Rolls-Royce presses ahead on hydrogen power after scrapped Airbus project. Testing facility for E-Fan X remains open as the UK jet engine maker seeks to adapt its engines to run on hydrogen.

Rolls-Royce Takes Us To The Sky

The head of sustainability at Rolls Royce predicted small hydrogen-powered aircraft would take to the skies before the end of the decade. Rolls-Royce is pressing ahead with the development of hybrid-electric technology despite scrapping its project with Airbus in April. The aviation companies race to tackle unsolved challenges that will help meet aggressive carbon-reduction targets over the coming decades.

"The E-Fan X testing facility remains open and will continue because that’s something we have learned from, and it is fundamentally continuing," Rachael Everard, head of sustainability at Rolls-Royce, told The National.

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Photo by Rolls-Royse. Airbus and Rolls Royce jointly have decided to end the E-Fan X demonstrator program. 

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"We are looking at how some of our hybrid-electric demonstration platforms could be adapted to run on hydrogen," she said. Last month, Airbus appeared to be bound ahead, revealing three designs it is considering to build a hydrogen-powered aircraft as it seeks to bring the world's first emissions-free passenger plane into service by 2035.

Graph-of-a-hydrogen-airplane

Decarbonizing the aviation industry is no small feat. To achieve this, we need to re-focus all of our efforts on technology bricks that will take us there. It’s for this reason that Airbus and Rolls Royce have jointly decided to bring the E-Fan X demonstrator to an end. As with all ground-breaking R&T projects, it’s our duty to constantly evaluate and reprioritize them to ensure alignment with our ambitions. These decisions are not always easy. But they’re undoubtedly necessary to stay the course.

When we launched the E-Fan X project in 2017, we set out with the ambition to push the limits by testing disruptive technologies in a game-changing approach to future aircraft. And we did just that: E-Fan X has shattered preconceived notions of what is possible in a future flight. This helped us to pave the way for an industry-wide decarbonization movement of which we’re proud to take the lead.

By Grazia Vittadini, Airbus Chief Technology Officer

Rolls-Royce, meanwhile, with its research partnership with the world's largest plane maker on hold, is stepping up its own de-carbonization strategy. Hydrogen will play a key role, Ms. Everard said, but the universe's lightest element still presents many aviation industry challenges.

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Photo by AFP. The head of sustainability at Rolls Royce predicted small hydrogen-powered aircraft would take to the skies before the end of the decade.

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Storage solutions need to advance to carry enough liquid hydrogen to power planes for long journeys, and infrastructure for transporting and refueling on runways needs to be devised. Plane interiors will also need to be reconfigured to run commercial planes on hydrogen.

Still, a review this year by the EU Commission found that hydrogen could be used by 2035 to power a commercial passenger aircraft on a flight of up to 3,000 kilometers. By 2040, a medium-range flight of up to 7,000km should also be possible, leaving the issue of long-range flights still to be solved.

"That means on European soil, you could connect all the big cities in Europe using hydrogen-powered planes," said Dr. Bart Biebuyck, executive director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, which took part in the report.

Powered By Hydrogen

By 2050, the ambitious scenario is that 40 percent of the [European aviation] fleet would be powered by hydrogen. With the aviation industry facing the worst economic shock in its history, leaders advocate for a green recovery.

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Photo by Airbus. Airbus wants to launch a plane that is completely CO2 neutral with the help of hydrogen-powered engines. 

In June, when flight hours were at their lowest worldwide, Rolls-Royce committed to becoming a net-zero-carbon-emissions company, in its operations and what it produces, by 2050.

"This cannot be achieved with the technologies existing today," Ms. Everard said." Therefore, we're focusing research work on different technology areas, including electrification. Electric and hybrid-electric propulsion are seen today as among the most promising technologies for addressing these challenges," she said.

Rolls Royce is also working to understand the challenges of hydrogen-fuelled propulsion systems and developing roadmaps to build the needed technology to overcome hurdles and get new engines to market.

Ms. Everard is more optimistic than some in her industry. "Some small hydrogen-powered aircraft could potentially be available before the end of the decade," she said.

Cover photo by Airbus. Hydrogen is increasingly considered as one of the most promising zero-emission technologies for future aircraft.

Source: The National News

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