Rolls-Royce accomplish 1 Megawatt Hybrid – Electric propulsion

Rolls-Royce PGS1
Rolls-Royce PGS1 (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

NEW YORK – As the world is collectively working towards bringing environmental suitability and reducing its carbon footprint, the aviation industry has walked a mile further to make flying clean and more suitable. With new technology and latest research and development inclined towards more of electric and Hydrogen based fuel.

On occasion of International Civil Aviation Day, Rolls-Royce announced that its they have successfully achieved more than 1 Megawatt power in its Engine Ground Testing (EGT). This moves them a step closer to reality in developing regional airliners equipped with hybrid propulsion system.

Earlier in 2021, Rolls Royce started testing the Power Generation System 1 (PGS1) with plans of generating 2.5 Megawatts. They hope to reach this stage with further tests across their facilities in the UK.

Rolls Royce mentioned that the generator about the size of a beer keg. It incorporates one of the group’s AE2100 turbofan engines along with a special control and thermal management system. The currently achieved mark of 1 Megawatt power is sufficient to continuously power around 1000 homes.

Adam Newman, Rolls Royce’s chief project engineer for aviation futures stated that “When the future of hybrid electric aircraft opportunities emerges in the megawatt and above class, we want to be as prepared as we can be to offer readymade solutions.”

This development shows more research is being directed towards sustainable fuel options. This will guarantee reduction in carbon footprint and its impact by aviation industry.

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