Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with Air bp to reduce carbon emissions from gas turbine testing and support the company's core sustainability commitments.
Under the agreement, all aviation fuels supplied for engine tests at the Dahlewitz in Germany and the Rolls-Royce facilities in Derby and Bristol in the UK will be a 10% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blend.
Derived from sustainable raw materials based mainly on used waste, SAF will be mixed with conventional aviation jet fuel by Air bp. Deliveries of the 10% SAF mixture, which is expected to reach approximately three million liters per year, will begin this summer.
Air bp will also provide fuel for the Rolls-Royce UltraFan® engine, which will be tested this year for the first time with fully 100% SAF. UltraFan will take sustainability in aviation to a new level with its advanced fuel efficiency and 100% SAF capacity. UltraFan® will also be the world's largest aircraft engine.
Expressing his views on the signed agreement, Chris Cholerton, President of Rolls-Royce Civil Aviation, said, “This agreement fulfills our commitment that our fuels will be 2023% SAF blends by 10. Promoting the use of SAF in the aviation industry is an issue that we attach great importance to. "This agreement is also an example of a firm commitment to support fuel producers' continued production investments," he said. Cholerton also stated that they are waiting with great pride and excitement to see the UltraFan® engine working with 100% SAF for the first time in test centers equipped with the latest technologies, adding that this test will open a new page as an engineering marvel in the history of sustainable aviation.
Andreea Moyes, Air bp Sustainability Director, said: “We are delighted to support Rolls-Royce in achieving its sustainability goals. We are in a transition period towards becoming an integrated energy company. The expertise we have achieved so far; We will continue to use it for the supply of renewable raw materials, SAF production, logistics and end-customer supply. Our goal is to be a decarbonisation partner in the aviation industry. "We will rapidly continue our efforts to improve SAF availability, accessibility and affordability to support the low carbon goals of global aviation." Tests of different types of aviation engines are carried out at Rolls-Royce's test centers located in three different locations. Civil aviation engines are being tested in Derby, defense in Bristol and commercial aviation engines in Dahlewitz near Berlin. Tests of engines belonging to the Trent, EJ 200 and Pearl families are routinely carried out before they are delivered to customers, while product development tests continue on a regular basis.
Rolls-Royce has previously committed to making all Trent engines and business aviation engines 2023% SAF compliant by 100. All Trent and business aviation engines are currently ready to run on conventional fossil-based aviation jet fuels mixed with 50% SAF.