Rolls Royce develops zero-emissions engines

Important for middle-mile deliveries, aero-engine makers Rolls Royce has begun a research programme into zero-emissions aviation. This is in partnership with the Scandinavian regional airline Widerøe.

The airline wants to replace more than 30 aircraft with electric ones by 2030. “The development of electric aviation looks promising, but we need to progress faster. We are therefore pleased to have the world’s most renowned engine manufacturer on-board with us on this pioneering green journey” said Andreas Aks, chief strategy officer at Widerøe.

Electric powered engines are an interest for Rolls Royce with it investing big sums of money into the area. It recently agreed to buy Siemens electric and electric-hybrid propulsion business activities.

Alan Newby, director, aerospace technology and future programmes, said: “This project will further build on our global electrical capability, which was recently boosted by the acquisition of Siemens eAircraft business and complements the electrical work we are principally doing in the UK and Germany, while building on the knowledge gained through the ATI supported E-Fan X programme. We’re excited by the depth of skills and expertise that we are bringing together with Widerøe and Innovation Norway on this journey towards the third era of aviation, bringing cleaner and quieter air transport to the skies.”

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