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Rolls-Royce and easyJet test hydrogen-powered jet engine

Rolls-Royce and easyJet have completed the world's first successful ground test of a modern hydrogen-powered aircraft engine

Lift-off for ‘guilt-free flight’: Rolls-Royce and easyJet hail first successful hydrogen jet engine test

Rolls-Royce and easyJet have completed the world’s first successful ground test of a modern hydrogen-powered aircraft engine.

It took place at a Ministry of Defense site at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, using a converted Rolls-Royce jet engine, the companies said yesterday.

Business Secretary Grant Shapps said: “The UK is leading the global transition to guilt-free flying.”

Rolls-Royce and easyJet have completed the world's first successful ground test of a modern hydrogen-powered aircraft engine

Rolls-Royce and easyJet have completed the world’s first successful ground test of a modern hydrogen-powered aircraft engine

Rolls-Royce and easyJet have teamed up this year to pioneer the use of hydrogen as aircraft fuel from the mid-2030s.

The successful test used so-called ‘green’ hydrogen – generated with renewable wind and tidal power at a site in the Orkney Islands.

Shapps said: “It’s a real British achievement.”

Rolls-Royce chief technology officer Grazia Vittadini said it was an “exciting step” in a project “that could help reshape the future of flight”.

But the company has acknowledged that hydrogen, which will require a completely different infrastructure than fossil fuels, will take decades to build.

In the meantime, he is working on the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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