Rolls-Royce, Boeing and World Energy join forces for the flight
Together with Rolls-Royce, Boeing and World Energy, it successfully completed the test flight of the 100 Flying Testbed aircraft, which features a Trent 1000 engine running on 747% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) .
The aircraft, which passed the tests, was able to meet the sky on takeoff from Tucson Airport in Arizona, using only 1000% SAF fuel in its Trent 100 engine and standard jet fuel in all three RB211 engines. remaining. In addition, the aircraft successfully returned to the airport from where it took off after 3 hours 54 minutes, passing New Mexico and Texas. Post-flight data confirmed that there were no technical issues during the flight, while also revealing other findings confirming the fuel‘s suitability for commercial use.
With this test validation, Rolls-Royce continues to lead 100% SAF adoption, consolidating ground and air testing of the Trent XWB and Pearl engines. On the other hand, the company confirms that all Trent engines will be 2023 percent SAF compliant by 100. Rolls-Royce also calls on the aviation industry and governments to cooperate to go beyond the targets set by the UN Race to Zero to achieve net zero in long-haul aviation.
Aircraft currently in operation today have the necessary approvals to operate on SAF fuel blended up to 50 percent with conventional jet fuels. Rolls-Royce continues to support work on unadulterated SAF approval to push this ratio even higher. These studies, on the other hand, are at an important point in supporting sustainability, especially in long-haul air travel, which will require the power density of gas turbines in years to come.
Rolls-Royce, which aims to popularize the use of SAF throughout the industry, is working closely with Boeing, which ensures that the aircraft’s systems perform as intended with 100% SAF, as well as technical support and supervision of modifications to the aircraft under test. The company is also partnering with World Energy, the world’s first commercial-scale SAF manufacturing company and the only one in the United States, to provide low-carbon fuel for flight.
As part of a broader aviation climate action plan …
The initial need to dramatically increase SAF production was recently recognized by the US administration with the launch of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Incentive Program to produce three billion gallons of fuel per year by 2030. This is part of a broader aviation climate action plan that is expected. to be announced in the coming months. The European Commission, meanwhile, aims to demand the inclusion of SAF fuel in fuels supplied at EU airports, while creating a ReFuelEU Aviation proposal in this direction. The rate determined by this proposal is expected to reach 2050 percent by 63.
Speaking on the subject, Simon Burr, Director of Product Development and Civil Aviation Technology at Rolls-Royce, said: âAt Rolls-Royce, we need to take action to decarbonize our industry. With this theft, we aim to ensure that 100% SAF is used in our industry without any issues. In addition, we continue to engage in various collaborations to ensure that all aviation technology solutions are ready for this type of change. “
Commenting on the collaboration, Sheila Remes, Vice President of Environmental Sustainability at Boeing, said: âWe are very proud to partner with Rolls-Royce and World Energy on this flight, which is operated on 100% pure fuel. This success demonstrates that SAF can replace traditional kerosene in the long term and is a viable renewable energy solution for the decarbonization of aviation over the next 20 to 30 years.
World Energy CEO Gene Gebolys stressed the importance of cooperation for aviation, and commented on it: âAs the world’s largest manufacturer of SAF and the only manufacturer of SAF in the United States, we appreciate the pioneering work carried out by our partners. . Rolls-Royce’s efforts to demonstrate the feasibility of powering its own jet engines with the 100% renewable SAF that we produce lays a solid foundation for the transition to fossil fuel-free flights. This work is of crucial importance. We thank Rolls-Royce for working with us during this time. He shared.
The Rolls-Royce Flying Testbed is used to perform various engine-related tests that increase efficiency and durability while supporting Rolls-Royce’s decarbonization strategy.