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Aviation energy storage

Rolls-Royce to lead the way in developing aviation energy storage technology


Rolls-Royce is entering new aviation markets to pioneer sustainabl­e power and as part of that mission we will be developing energy storage systems (ESS) that will enable aircraft to undertake zero emissions flights of over 100 miles on a single charge.

In order to deliver this ground-breaking technology, we are planning an £80mn investment in ESS over the next decade that will create around 300 jobs by 2030 and strengthen our position as the leading supplier of all-electric and hybrid-electric power and propulsion systems for aviation.

Aerospace-certified ESS solutions from Rolls-Royce will power electric and hybridelec­tric propulsion systems for eVTOLs (electric vertical take-off and landing) in the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market and fixed-wing aircraft, with up to 19 seats, in the commuter market.

By 2035, Rolls-Royce is planning to integrate more than 5 million battery cells per annum into modular systems. These modules will deliver market-leading energy density levels.

Rob Watson, Director of Electrical, RollsRoyce, said: “This multi-million-pound investment by Rolls-Royce over the next decade is another demonstrat­ion of our ambitions in electrific­ation. We are developing a portfolio of energy storage solutions to complement our electrical propulsion systems. This will ensure that we can offer our customers a complete electric propulsion system for their platform, whether that is an eVTOL or a commuter aircraft. It will enable us to be a ‘onestop shop’ for all-electric or hybrid-electric propulsion systems, which is incredibly exciting as these new markets develop and expand.”

Rolls-Royce has been delivering battery solutions for many years and we have designed 10 different aerospace battery systems, using state-of-the-art cell technology. Of these batteries, four designs have already flown in three aircrafts.

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Aerospace-certified ESS solutions

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