Rolls-Royce successfully tested a hydrogen jet engine with the European airline Easy Jet. The new effort will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation. The maiden test signifies “the world’s first run of a modern airplane engine on hydrogen,” according to a news statement issued by Rolls-Royce on Tuesday.
However, electric airplanes are tough to build because aviation is one of the dirtiest sectors to clean up. However, building an electric car is simpler than building an electric plane.
Furthermore, batteries powered by renewable energy sources such as solar and wind are still too heavy for long flights. As a result, both airlines and aircraft manufacturers are working to design aircraft that can run on cleaner fuels such as hydrogen. When it is burned, it produces water vapor rather than carbon dioxide.
Aviation Is One Of The Most Difficult Sectors To Clean Up
to conduct a preliminary test in the United Kingdom Both companies used a modified Rolls-Royce AE 2100 regional aircraft engine. The European Marine Energy Center built a hydrogen production and tidal testing facility in the UK’s Orkney Islands on Eday. The hydrogen was given the title “green hydrogen” since it was created using a combination of tidal and wind energy.
On the other hand, both companies strive to create something environmentally beneficial in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Green hydrogen is still scarce and prohibitively expensive to create.
Furthermore, while most hydrogen still contains gas, green hydrogen is produced using sustainable energy. It is undeniably tough to promote hydrogen as a clean fuel. If has is used to make hydrogen, however, the process emits carbon dioxide, which adds to global warming.
According to the International Airport Transport Association, the introduction and acceptance of new aircraft designs will be a substantial barrier for hydrogen-fueled flights. If hydrogen-powered aircraft are to be used, larger fuel tanks must be developed.
According to The Guardian, a Boeing 747 jumbo jet would require more than a million gallons of hydrogen. distance equal to approximately 250,000 gallons of jet fuel
However, based on the predicted number, it is evident that short flights will be the most effective for green hydrogen at first. According to the 2020 European Union, hydrogen-powered passenger aircraft can fly for 3,000 kilometers. It will be available on the market by 2035. The Easy Jet Company is excited to collaborate with Rolls Royce. A leading corporate aviation engine supplier is working on producing hydrogen as a clean aircraft fuel.
Unfortunately, while the ground test proved successful, there are still many areas that need to be tweaked. Rolls-Royce and Easy Jet want to do additional test flights before pursuing a longer-term goal.