Thursday, May 21, 2020

Money for Targeting Zero Emission Shipping Disbursed to Ten Projects

Grant Winners Aiming at a Cleaner Marine Environment Announced
Shipping News Feature

UK – The proposed funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) through the Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) organisation which we reported on during London International Shipping Week (LISW 2019), has now been awarded to the ten successful applicants from the group of fifty five submissions received, with the overall funding of £1.4 million disbursed as part of the Clean Maritime Call initiative.

This strategic vision for the future of the maritime sector was set out by the Government in 2019, through the publication of Maritime 2050. This included a commitment drive a transition towards zero emission shipping. As a consequence, the Clean Maritime Plan was developed in line with the Environment Route Map of Maritime 2050. John Howie MBE, Chair of MarRI-UK, said:

“We are pleased to announce the winners of the Clean Maritime Call. These projects will play an important role in supporting the British maritime sector’s vision of zero-emission shipping and the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy.

“It was encouraging to see such a high quality and large volume of responses, which made it all the harder to choose only ten project winners. The quality and quantity of submissions is a testimony to the commitment to continued development and innovation across the Maritime sector.”

“I’m delighted to see the diverse nature and scale of ambition shown by the winners of the Clean Maritime Call. Our vision is for the UK to be a world leader in zero-emission shipping and we will continue to support innovative projects, such as these, that aim to make our air cleaner and create a healthy environment for generations to come.”

Its supporters say the funding represents an important step towards achieving a zero-emission future for the UK and that through the collaborative development of technology, there is an opportunity to decarbonise the economy and share British expertise across the world. Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK, observed:

“The current coronavirus crisis posed massive challenges for all parts of the economy, maritime included. It is vital that as we move to restart, recover, and then renew, we place green growth at the heart of our recovery plans. As one of Britain’s biggest industries, and with a unique responsibility for moving 95% of all our trade, greening maritime must be central to the meeting the government’s net-zero targets.

“It is therefore fantastic to see so many credible solutions to that mission being successful in this first funding call. It is incumbent on both industry and government to ensure that these ideas are now supported further and developed into viable solutions.”

The following organisations were awarded grants:

  • Lead organisation: Babcock International Group Consortium: Fuel Cell Systems, Plug Power, University of Warwick Manufacturing Group

    Project Title: FC-BATShip Fuel Cell-Battery Hybrid Ship: Advanced power-energy management solution for zero emission marine propulsion systems Funding award: £195,407.00

  • Lead organisation: Bibby Marine Services Ltd. Consortium: Consortium: Damen Shipyards, Lloyd’s Register, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, Peel Group, Square 5

    Project Title: WaveMaster Zero C Funding award: £ 208,528.00

  • Lead organisation: BMT

    Project Title: Energy Saving Technology (EST) Asset Leasing Models Funding award: £27,160.53

  • Lead organisation: Green Fuel Research Consortium: London South Bank University, University of Cardiff

    Project Title: SALMO: Sustainable Aquaculture Leading to Marine Opportunities Funding award: £243,814.69

  • Lead organisation: Intrada Ships Management

    Project Title: Electrification and Storage of Energy on Coastal General Cargo Vessel  Funding award:                £ 67,424.89

  • Lead organisation: Marine South East (Commercial) Ltd. Consortium: Houlder Ltd., Lloyds Register. Swanbarton Ltd

    Project Title: Flow Batteries for Marine Application (FLO-MAR) Funding award: £69,446.82

  • Lead organisation: Plymouth Boat Trips Consortium: EVParts, Plymouth University, Teignbridge Propellers, University of Exeter,Voyager Marine Ltd.

    Project Title: First Fully Electric Domestic Passenger Vessel in the UK Funding award: £105,500.00

  • Lead organisation: RS Sailing

    Project Title: TorQ Funding award: £250,000.00

  • Lead organisation: Signol Consortium: University College London (UCL) - Energy Institute

    Project Title: STEAM (Sustainability Through Efficient Actions in Maritime) Funding award: £129,846.56

  • Lead organisation: University of Nottingham Consortium: MAHLE Powertrain Ltd., Shell

    Project Title: Advanced Zero Emission Ammonia Engines for Future Marine Applications Funding award: £97,336.91

Full details of all the projects can be seen HERE.