Zero and Rolls-Royce collaborate on advancing fossil-free synthetic fuels

The landmark agreement underscores the accelerating momentum in the evolution of synthetic fuels as a sustainable alternative to traditional fossil fuels.

Under this new pact, the two entities will collaborate to showcase the efficacy of Zero® synthetic fuels across various Rolls-Royce engines intended for aviation, marine, and defence applications. It encompasses Zero’s comprehensive range of synthetic fuels, including gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. Data derived from engine testing will serve to validate these fuels according to international certification standards, effectively reducing carbon emissions associated with Rolls-Royce engine trials.

Zero CEO Paddy Lowe said: “We are thrilled to be working with one of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking engineering companies in a combined quest to accelerate the Energy Transition. The world is facing increasingly urgent demands for fossil fuel alternatives and it is vital for all companies to develop the solutions to achieve this. We could not consider a better engine partner than Rolls-Royce with whom to meet this challenge head-on.

“We have proven the genuine capabilities of our fuels in a wide variety of vehicles – including a light aircraft, a supercar and a chainsaw. As we move towards full certification of our fuels, we are starting to put in place the commercial realisation of these demonstrations and aim to be running our first large-scale production plant two years from now.”

Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President – UK Defence, Dave Gordon, said: “Rolls-Royce’s Gas Turbine technology is a critical strategic national capability and guilt-free synthetic fuel is at the heart of how we can continue to support the warfighter in delivering military advantage. Zero is at the cutting-edge of the synthetic fuel industry and we have been extremely impressed by their rapid progress in the short time they have been in existence; we are confident their team can continue that impressive trajectory. We look forward to a long partnership between Rolls-Royce and Zero to develop and demonstrate the future of sustainable energy across our wide range of complex power & propulsion solutions as we leave the fossil fuel era behind us.”

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