MarRI-UK announced the winners of £1.4m Clean Maritime call

Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) has announced the winners of the Clean Maritime Call, an initiative supported by the Department for Transport (DfT). £1.4m has been awarded to 10 organisations. The grants will help find innovative ways to develop technology to assist the UK’s transition to a future of zero emission shipping, a long term ambition of Government.

The strategic vision for the future of the maritime sector was set out by the British 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.

To support the goal of zero emission shipping, the Clean Maritime Call was launched. Organisations from across the UK were able to apply for a grant to develop mid TRL (TRL 3-7) technology. 55 submissions were made, with an eventual 10 project proposals being selected for funding. The winners were selected by independent reviewers on various criteria including their strategic fit with Maritime 2050, value for money and environment impact.

The Clean Maritime Call winners are: 

1.    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

2.    Lead organisation: Bibby Marine Services Ltd.

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

3.    Lead organisation: BMT

Consortium: –

Project Title: Energy Saving Technology (EST) Asset Leasing Models

Funding award: £27,160.53

4.    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

5.    Lead organisation: Intrada Ships Management

Consortium: –

Project Title: Electrification and Storage of Energy on Coastal General Cargo Vessel

Funding award: £ 67,424.89

6.    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

7.    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

8.    Lead organisation: RS Sailing

Consortium: –

Project Title: TorQ

Funding award: £250,000.00

9.    Lead organisation: Signol

Consortium:University College London (UCL) – Energy Institute

Project Title: STEAM (Sustainability Through Efficient Actions in Maritime)

Funding award: £129,846.56

10.  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

There’s more information about the Clean Maritime Call winners at the MarRI-UK website.

The funding represents an important step towards achieving a zero-emission future for the UK. Through the collaborative development of technology, there is an opportunity to decarbonise the economy and share British expertise across the world.

MarRI-UK will continue to champion collaboration between companies, academia and Government. The co-ordination of research across the maritime sector, underpinned by Government initiatives and investment will support wider environmental ambitions linked in innovation.