Unlocking the Innovative Potential of R&D
Study objectives and methods outlines the basis for comparing different fuels to provides a high-level review of the main technical challenges and drivers for the adoption of alternative marine fuels evaluated across system level infrastructural, economic, environmental and provides a detailed assessment of current and alternative marine fuel candidates.
The aim of this project was to investigate and provide evidence that it was possible to modify and operate a vessel using the emission-free novel hydrogen propulsion technology of Liquid-Organic Hydrogen Compounds (LOHCs) in support of offshore windfarm operations. To prove this was both feasible and achievable in a short space of time, it was determined to use an existing vessel and work towards the goal of retrofitting such a system on-board.
The overall aims of the project were summarised as follows:
• To assess the potential for LOHC to be used as fuel for an offshore service vessel
• To calculate the power requirements for both the auxiliary and main propulsion systems, and investigate the design requirements on the internal structure to accommodate this
• To calculate the potential for re-charging of LOHC using renewable energy while the vessel is at sea
• Establish the technical and commercial feasibility of a staged modification
This led to the following objectives being set:
• Accurately represent the status of the vessel M/V Søløven
• Integrate the required equipment for LOHC operations onto the vessel
• Determine a representative operational profile for the vessel
• Map the generators and consumers to calculate the required range/capacity
• Develop a numerical model to determine LOHC capabilities
• Assess the capital and operational cost of such modification
By accurately represent the status of the vessel M/V Søløven in terms of integrate the required equipment for LOHC operations, determined a representative operational profile. Developed a numerical model to determine LOHC capabilities investigated and provided evidence the possibility of modifying and operating a vessel using the emission-free novel hydrogen propulsion technology of Liquid-Organic Hydrogen Compounds (LOHCs) in support of offshore windfarm operations.
To prove this was both feasible and achievable in a short space of time, it was determined to use an existing vessel and work towards the goal of retrofitting such a system on-board.
We are supporting this project with detailed modelling of the vessel drive train and in collaboration with our partners the engineering work on the retrofit solution, evaluating structural compliance, safety and stability implications and ensuring certification of all innovative drive train aspects throughout the work.
Project ZERO is an initiative to develop a zero-emission research and offshore service vessel for the maritime industry. The project is a collaboration between several leading companies and research institutions, with the goal of reducing the carbon footprint of the maritime sector. The vessel will be powered entirely by renewable energy sources, such as hydrogen fuel cells and batteries, and will serve as a platform for conducting research on sustainable maritime technologies. The project is part of a broader effort to promote the use of clean energy and reduce the environmental impact of the shipping industry.
Zero Emission Tri Foiler (CMDC3)
The vision for the project is to build a 12m demonstrator TriFoiler to prove that the concept is viable and can operate in a range of weather and sea conditions. The battery technology and control of the foils will also be demonstrated to check for fit for purpose operation as a fast ferry on the intended waterway. The full-size vessel can be developed for commercial operation which will provide a viable solution for a zero-emission medium size ferry.
In collaboration with R3-energise and Chartwell Marine we are investigating the feasibility of re-energising an existing CTV to full electric propulsion, thus delivering zero emission crew transfer services to a UK offshore wind Farm.
The Maritime Hydrogen Highway project is a ground-breaking two-year, £2.1 million development programme, looking at the scope to establish a national hydrogen highway network, integrating land, sea and port. The elements making up the programme will together form a comprehensive picture of hydrogen network potential.
The programme is part funded under the Smart Maritime Land Operations Call, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the Department for Transport (DfT). MarRI-UK is providing £1.3 million towards programme costs; the balance of funding is from the programme partners.
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