Rolls unveils fuel cell system at COP26

By Jack Burke03 November 2021

Goes into production in 2025

Rolls-Royce presented its new mtu fuel cell system for the first time at the UN Climate Change Conference [COP26] in Glasgow, Scotland.

The company said the complete solution for reliable power supply in the megawatt range will be produced in series beginning in 2025. Rolls-Royce is also developing fuel cell systems for ships and, as part of its Net Zero at Power Systems climate protection program, is preparing its most important engine series for the use of sustainable fuels. Hydrogen and methanol engines are also being developed as part of this program, as well as concepts for decentralized power-to-X plants. Power-to-X is a process that converts green electricity into storable fuel.

PRESS RELEASERolls-Royce showcases mtu fuel cell system at UN Climate Change Conference.

Rolls-Royce is also showcasing a model of its all-electric “Spirit of Innovation” aircraft in Glasgow.

Fuel cell solutions, sustainable fuels, hydrogen and methanol engines and all-electric and hybrid-electric aircraft are just some of the key elements in Rolls-Royce’s ambition to achieve net zero by 2050 at the latest.

“We firmly believe that technology can be used to tackle the challenge of climate change. That is the reason why we are presenting our new technologies at the World Climate Summit. We are focusing our technological capabilities to play a leading role in enabling significant elements of the global economy to get to net zero carbon by 2050, including aviation, shipping, and power generation,” said Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Rolls-Royce experts will be participating in various events at COP26. For example, Dr. Daniel Chatterjee, head of Technology Strategy at the Power Systems Business unit, will join the panel discussion on: “Green Business Globally: from circular business design to green technology solutions” on Nov. 6 2021 at 13:00 GMT in the EU Pavilion. Rachael Everard, head of Sustainability at Rolls-Royce plc, Dave Smith, director of Central Technology and Matheu Parr, program lead for ACCEL are speaking on net zero aviation in the Climate Action Hub on Transport day at 16:00 GMT on Nov. 10 which can be live streamed from here.

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