British luxurious multinational aviation titan Rolls Royce, and South Korean automotive manufacturer Hyundai, reached an unlikely partnership to create a fuel-cell electric propulsion hydrogen fuel engine system. This unforeseen partnership will merge Rolls Royce’s aviation proficiency with Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel technology to deliver a never-before-seen fuel-cell electric aircraft by 2025.
The aerospace innovation will set the first stone for automakers seeking practices to merge electric and hydrogen propulsion technologies expanding beyond vehicles. Through this advanced application of combusting hydrogen systems, vehicle manufacturers will be weaponized with the needed means to implement both hydrogen and electric propulsion technologies in different ways of transportation. And will not be inclusive to vehicles but also planes.
The long-anticipated partnership between the historical, luxurious aircraft engine manufacturer and the mass-market Korean car producer will mark a joint venture between both companies for delivering a hydrogen fuel engine system for both electric cars and aerospace use.
This envisaged collaboration between the two multinational manufacturing giants will leverage Rolls Royce’s aviation expertise and Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell system technologies and industrial capacity. This will help both companies break new ground in the advanced air mobility (AAM) market by providing battery-electric and fuel cell electric solutions to the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Regional Air Mobility (RAM) markets.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the British aerospace titan and the South Korean manufacturer focuses on the collaboration to deliver the highest level of technological development under the right requirements of power and propulsion in accommodation to Hyundai’s AAM division.
It also highlights Rolls Royce’s industrialization of power and propulsion systems for the AAM market, formation of electric propulsion systems based upon hydrogen fuel cells as the leading energy source for the South Korean manufacturer’s RAM platforms, and finally, delivering the market with a collaborative fuel-cell electric propulsion systems to an expanded AAM market.
During the signing ceremony, Rolls Royce’s executive team director expressed that the company is “delighted to partner with Hyundai Motor Group, which provides a valuable opportunity to leverage and build on the capabilities each company brings from the aerospace and automotive industry.”
“The Advanced Air Mobility Market offers great commercial potential, and this collaboration supports our joint ambition to lead the way in the Advanced Air Mobility Market. It is also another demonstration of Rolls-Royce’s role in delivering the solutions that will enable passengers to travel sustainably and help deliver zero net carbon by 2050.”
The initiative between Rolls Royce and Hyundai comes at a time when global companies are making the shift toward sustainable solutions to meet the zero carbon goals as close as 2030 and reach an absolute decarbonized ecosystem by 2025.
Some of the world’s biggest automakers, such as Germany’s BMW and American tycoon Ford, are amplifying their efforts sustainable efforts to decrease their carbon emissions footprint as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hyundai and Rolls Royce fuel cell system technologies could be the first step for both companies to leave their mark in making the drastic shift toward sustainable decarbonized solutions if they reach their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 fully.
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