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UK ANNOUNCES FUNDS FOR 10 CLEAN SHIPPING PROJECTS

Monday, May 18, 2020 

1.4m has been awarded to 10 organisations as part of the Clean Maritime Call, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the Department for Transport (DfT), which will help find innovative ways to develop technology to assist the UKs transition to a future of zero emission shipping.

To support this goal, the Clean Maritime Call was launched. Organisations from across the UK were able to apply for grants. Out of 55 submissions, 10 project proposals were selected for funding by independent reviewers, using various criteria including strategic fit with the Maritime 2050 vision, value for money and environment impact.

The following organisations were awarded a grant:

  • 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; 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 (renewable fuel made from aquaculture waste); 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); Consortium: Houlder, Lloyds Register. Swanbarton; 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; 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

Kelly Tolhurst, Maritime Minister, said: “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.”

Guy Tomlinson, Programmes Director BMT, said: “We are delighted to be announced as one of the competition winners in UK’s first funding call to industry. BMT’s ‘Energy Saving Technology Asset Leasing Models’, backed by project financing in the United Kingdom, will serve to support the infrastructure needed to implement green-shipping thoroughly. In addition this winning innovation and technology project will work towards achieving the UK’s Clean Maritime Plan to reach net-zero emissions in the domestic waters by 2050.”

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