A collaboration featuring researchers from the University of Exeter has been successful in winning a maritime competition. The Ecomar Team is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.
Led by Ecomar in collaboration with partners at The University of Exeter's Centre for Clean Mobility, University of Plymouth and Serco, the project will design and fabricate a zero emission, twin outboard marine engine system. The system includes hydrogen fuel cells and battery power and is to be used in commercial workboats.
The Exeter team features Professor Chris Smith, Sarah Brooks, James McNaughton and Brian Lambert.
Announced in March 2020, and part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to position the UK at the forefront of green shipbuilding and maritime technology, the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition is a £20m investment from government alongside a further c.£10m from industry to reduce emissions from the maritime sector. The programme is supporting 55 projects across the UK, including projects in Scotland, Northern Ireland and from the South West to the North East of England. As set out in the Clean Maritime Plan (2019), Government funding has been used to support early stage research relating to clean maritime. The programme will be used to support the research, design and development of zero emission technology and infrastructure solutions for maritime and to accelerate decarbonisation in the sector.