Rolls-Royce and Air BP reach agreement to test engines with sustainable aviation fuel made from recycled sources

Rolls-Royce and Air BP have reached an agreement to reduce carbon emissions during gas turbine engine testing at three sites, including Derby and Bristol.

The engineering giant has its civil aerospace division in Sinfin, where it designs, develops and builds aero engines. He said the agreement with British BP’s specialist aerospace division supports its sustainability commitments.

It will see aviation fuel supplied for engine testing at Rolls-Royce facilities in Derby, Bristol and Dahlewitz, Germany, made from a 10% blend of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

The chemical and physical characteristics of sustainable aviation fuel – which is produced from sources such as cooking oil, vegetable oils, municipal waste, waste gas and agricultural residues – are nearly identical to conventional jet fuel and can be safely mixed with it. It can also use the same supply infrastructure and does not need any aircraft or engines to adapt.

Rolls-Royce said unblended it has the potential to reduce net CO2 emissions by more than 75% compared to conventional jet fuel, with the possibility of further reductions in the future.

Under the new deal, it will be blended with traditional aviation jet fuel by Air BP.

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce President for Civil Aerospace, said: “This agreement delivers on our commitment that fuel for testing and development will be a 10% sustainable aviation fuel blend. 2023.

“We want to encourage the use of SAF throughout the aviation industry and this agreement is an example of the strong commitments that fuel producers need to support their continued production investments.”

Deliveries of the greener fuel will begin this summer and the 10% pure SAF element will total around three million liters per year.

Air BP will also supply the fuel for the first-ever Rolls-Royce UltraFan demonstration engine test, which will be carried out at its new test bed in Derby entirely on 100% SAF later this year.

According to Rolls-Royce, the 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 aircraft engine in the world.

Mr. Cholerton said: “I will be proud and delighted to see the UltraFan on our state-of-the-art test bed running on 100% SAF for the first time, creating a new chapter in performance excellence. engineering and the history of sustainable aviation.”

Andreea Moyes, Director of Sustainability at Air BP, said: “We are delighted to support Rolls-Royce in achieving its sustainability goals.

“As BP transitions to an integrated energy company, we are leveraging our expertise in renewable raw material sourcing, SAF production, logistics and end-customer supply.

“Our ambition is to be the decarbonization partner of the aviation industry, and we are working at pace to promote the availability, accessibility and affordability of SAF to help global aviation achieve its low-carbon ambitions. carbon emissions.”

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