As one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies, Rolls-Royce has a very broad outlook on the market, especially in the aerospace and defence landscape. Apart from significantly augmenting the efficiency and effectiveness of the current aviation technologies, we are also exploring the potential of upcoming opportunities in the electrification of propulsion systems. I believe the innovative design concepts and cleaner energy alternatives will pave the way for a better and cleaner planet.
Electrification is the Next Big Thing
Sustainability and efficiency are the key drivers in the aerospace domain. There is a need for manufacturers to deliver environmentally acceptable products that can offer the expected results. Looking at the trajectory of growth in the aerospace market, it is obvious that the current direction of the industry is not parallel with the environmental needs. However, the rising ecological awareness is motivating industry leaders in the aerospace sector to invest in electrification and other sustainable alternatives.
As the provider of some of the best propulsion systems in the aerospace sector, we are preparing for the next stage of evolution. We are trying to enhance the efficiency of traditional propulsion systems powered by gas turbines and introduce better sustainability. However, incremental improvement cannot deliver the desired results, and this makes it imperative to explore additional routes. Among the potential alternatives, electrification of aviation systems has gained the most traction in the last decade.
At the same time, we are also looking at the electrification of propulsion systems. This is a promising field, as it will not only contribute to better sustainability but also lead to the development of a new class of solutions that can help in making aircraft safer and quieter. The advent of electric propulsion will eventually pave the way for vertical landing and takeoff concepts. Apart from electrification, there are several other areas under investigation, including the development of sustainable fuel to power the aircraft. When it comes to fuel, another area of focus is the utilisation of hydrogen as an energy storage medium. Although this particular technology is further down the timeline, we are currently working on making the existing engines more efficient and sustainable.