The ground test, which used a converted Rolls-Royce AE 2100-A regional aircraft engine, used green hydrogen generated by wind and tidal power, the British company said on Monday.
Rolls-Royce and its testing partner, easyJet, are attempting to demonstrate that hydrogen can safely and efficiently power civil aviation engines.
They stated that they were already planning a second round of tests, with the long-term goal of conducting flight tests.
Hydrogen is one of several competing technologies that could help the aviation industry achieve its goal of becoming net zero by 2050.
Airbus is testing hydrogen propulsion technology with French-American engine manufacturer CFM International.
In February, it announced plans to install a specially adapted version of a current generation engine near the tail of an A380 superjumbo test plane.
However, the aircraft manufacturer informed the European Union in 2021 that most airliners would continue to use traditional jet engines until at least 2050.
A transition to hydrogen-powered engines would necessitate a complete redesign of airframes and airport infrastructure.
According to Eric Schulz, CEO of SHZ Consulting, the changes in design are so significant that it would take more than one generation of aircraft to get there.
Electric engines, which would initially be suitable for short flights, and sustainable aviation fuel are two other technologies supported by companies such as Rolls-Royce (SAF).
Existing engines can run on a mix of SAF and conventional fuels, but it is only available in trace amounts at the moment.
It could eventually be produced by combining carbon captured from the atmosphere with green hydrogen, but the process is energy intensive and not yet widely available.
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