Feb 07, 2023, UK: The Business and Transport Secretaries, UK, announced an investment of £113 million to support cutting-edge new technologies that may enable the development of electric flying taxis and hydrogen-powered aircrafts which will ensure guilt-free travel and create green jobs across the UK.
Through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Program, the UK government and aviation industry are collaborating to fund cutting-edge, zero-carbon technologies that are paving the path for future guilt-free air travel. This includes initiatives spearheaded by Rolls-Royce to develop the components of a liquid-hydrogen combusting jet engine, which would allow carbon-free flights, as well as work by Bristol-based Vertical Aerospace to create premium, light-weight batteries.
Commenting on this collaboration, Grazia Vittadini, CTO, Rolls-Royce plc said,‘‘Rolls-Royce welcomes this announcement from the UK government. ATI funding enables us and our partners to deliver these exciting projects that are critical to the delivery of the zero carbon element of our net zero road map and will help position the UK as a leader on the pathway to more sustainable flights’’.
These successful initiatives will secure hundreds of millions in private investment across the UK and thousands of jobs throughout the supply chain, boosting the economy and putting the nation at the forefront in efforts to cut aviation emissions globally.
The Department of Transportation is also conducting a Call for Evidence to get opinions from the industry on how to meet the goal for airport operations in the United Kingdom to have zero flight emissions by 2040. The goal was established as a part of the government's Jet Zero Strategy, which was introduced in July, 2022.
In the Jet zero council, it was also revealed that Virgin Atlantic would get government assistance to conduct the first ever net-zero transatlantic trip using only SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel).
With significant funding and support from the government, as well as partnerships with industry leaders, it is expected that the development of sustainable aviation technologies will be accelerated. While there is a long way to go, the UK’s efforts in this area serve as a beacon of hope and a model for other nations to follow in the fight against climate change.