Industry giant Rolls-Royce has filed a patent for a new type of electric jet engine, which works by using an AC generator to produce an electrical current which is then passed to two sets of propulsors providing thrust. It envisages that future planes will be powered by electric currents and generators, instead of jet fuel.
The demand for cleaner energy is clearly growing, which is driving innovation in all sectors including aviation. Will Rolls-Royce’s patented electric jet engine encourage competitors to come up with their own clean energy technology? What other impacts will the electric jet engine have on the market for air travel?