Rolls-Royce promoting hybrid-electric flight with new technology to pave the way for advanced air mobility

Rolls Royce Turbogenerator Technology

Rolls-Royce officially announces the development of turbogenerator technologywhich includes a new small engine designed for Hybrid-Electric Applications, The system will be an on-board power source with scalable power offerings and integrate the Rolls-Royce electrical propulsion portfolio, allowing for an extended range on sustainable aviation fuels and subsequently, when available, through the combustion of hydrogen.

“Current battery technology means that all-electric propulsion will enable EVTOL and fixed-wing commuter aircraft to make short flights to and between cities and islands in places such as Norway and the Scottish Isles. To serve the power range between kW, we can open new longer routes, which can also support our electric battery powered aircraft.

Rolls-Royce specialists based in Germany, Norway and Hungary are developing the turbogenerator design and working on its systems integration, focusing on ensuring a smart power delivery during flight. The turbogenerator would either recharge the battery after takeoff or directly power the propeller, allowing the aircraft to switch between sources in flight. Research and development of this technology is partly funded by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action, ”says Rolls-Royce.

Rob Watson, President of Rolls-Royce Electrical, said: “Rolls-Royce will be a leading provider of all-electric and hybrid-electric power and propulsion systems for advanced air dynamics, and will scale this technology to larger platforms over time. I would like to thank the German government for the support. As part of our strategy, we are striving to offer a complete sustainable solution to our customers. This means expanding the routes that our turbogenerator technology can take through Can support electric flight. This will advance hybrid-electric flight and mean more passengers will be able to travel further on net zero emissions aircraft.

Rolls-Royce also intends to build on our existing network to provide maintenance services for electrical systems. In addition, Rolls-Royce Power Systems is able to offer MTU microgrid solutions to support fast charging of electric aircraft and provide reliable, economical, climate-friendly and sustainable energy to vertiports.

“Last year, Rolls-Royce announced a path to net zero carbon emissions and its electrical technology is one way the company is helping to decarbonize significant parts of the global economy. Rolls-Royce is committed to ensuring that that its new products are compatible with Net Zero operations by 2030 and that all of its products will be Net Zero compatible by 2050,” concludes Rolls-Royce.

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