28 MARCH 2022
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Air bp and Rolls-Royce have signed an agreement that will reduce lifecycle carbon emissions for gas turbine tests carried out at three sites.
It ensures that all of the aviation fuel supplied for engine testing at Rolls-Royce facilities in Derby and Bristol (UK) and Dahlewitz (Germany) will be a 10% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) blend.
The SAF is derived primarily from waste-based sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oils and will be blended with traditional aviation jet fuel by Air bp. Deliveries will begin this summer and the 10% neat SAF element will total around three million litres a year.
In addition, Air bp will provide the fuel for the very first run of the Rolls-Royce UltraFan demonstrator engine, which will be carried out entirely on 100% SAF later this year. UltraFan will deliver new levels of aviation sustainability in terms of improved fuel burn efficiency and 100% SAF capability. The demonstrator will be the largest aero engine in the world.
Chris Cholerton, President – Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, said: “This agreement delivers on a commitment we made that the fuel for testing and development is a 10% Sustainable Aviation Fuel blend by 2023. We want to encourage the use of SAF throughout the aviation industry and this agreement is an example of the firm commitments fuel producers require to support their continued production investment.
The three Rolls-Royce testing centres of excellence cover engines for different aerospace sectors – Derby, civil aviation; Bristol, defence, and Dahlewitz, business aviation. Engines from the Trent, EJ 200 and Pearl families are routinely tested before delivery to customers, while product improvement tests are also regularly conducted.
Rolls-Royce has previously committed to ensuring all of its Trent and business aviation engines are compatible with 100% SAF by 2023.
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