LAGOS – Rolls-Royce said it has successfully completed compatibility testing of 100 per cent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on all its in-production civil aero engine types.
This fulfils a commitment, made in 2021, to demonstrate there are no engine technology barriers to the use of 100 per cent SAF, a statement by Lydia-Claire Halliday, Executive Director, Stakeholder Relations & Strategy, LCH Consultancy & Associates Ltd has said.
The statement hinted that a ground test on a BR710 business jet engine at the company’s facility in Canada, completed the test regime.
Other engines tested as part of the programme according to the statement were: Trent 700, Trent 800, Trent 900, Trent 1000, Trent XWB-84, Trent XWB- 97, Trent 7000, BR725, Pearl 700, Pearl 15 and Pearl 10X.
Testing has involved a variety of ground and flight tests to replicate in-service conditions.
All the tests confirmed the use of 100 per cent SAF does not affect engine performance.
Tufan Erginbilgic, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rolls-Royce plc, while commenting on the success, said that the company was the first jet engine manufacturer to publicly confirm all its in-production engines for long-haul aircraft and business jets are compatible with 100 per cent SAF.
He described the achievement as an important milestone for both Rolls- Royce and the wider aviation industry.
He added that this also further evidenced its commitment to becoming a net zero company by 2050 and supporting its customers to do the same.
Simon Burr, Group Director of Engineering, Technology and Safety, Rolls-Royce plc, said that the success was not just for Rolls-Royce, but also for the wider civil aerospace industry.
“We hope the success of these tests provides a level of technical validation that supports those who seek to invest in the production of 100 per cent SAF going forward,” he said.
Also commenting, United Kingdom Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, said the world’s journey to decarbonising flight was powered by British innovation and backed by the UK Government.
He said with this, people could continue to travel how they wanted, in a way that is fit for the future.