The Maritime Decarbonisation Hub project, which advances decarbonization in the maritime industry, has been expanded after five collaborative projects involving LR received funding from the UK Department of Transport. Funding comes from the Clean Maritime Competition (CDMC), which aims to accelerate the development, design, and manufacture of free-to-air vessels and the port infrastructure needed to fund it.
Commenting on the announcement, Charles Haskell, LR's Decarbonization Program Manager, said: "There is an urgent need for the maritime sector to decarbonize its operations, and these activities reflect the breadth and depth of research conducted in the UK since technology requires non-zero vessels emission on the development of port infrastructure that will provide future fuels. As advisors to the maritime industry on chemical disintegration, Lloyd's Register and Maritime Decarbonisation Hub are excited to participate in these many important research programs, which will provide important information to accelerate the global shutdown of the maritime industry."
The five winning projects that include LR and the Maritime Decarbonisation Hub are:
EFoiler CTV: This project brings together partners to investigate the feasibility of the Artemis eFoiler power system as a solution to change the international tug-of-war transport routes commonly used in offshore wind farm operations. Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Lloyd's Register EMEA, Tidal Transit Ltd, and Participants are Artemis Technologies Ltd.
Avoiding solid-cell compounds - ship fuel cell building - The project focuses on overcoming barriers to finding fuel cells in a natural, extensive vessel system, which can speed up detection, test how a fuel cell can be used in marine applications, and be safely integrated into ship operations. Participants are MSC Cruise Management (UK) Limited, Ceres Power Limited, Lloyd's Register EMEA, and GE Energy Power Conversion UK Ltd.
Zero Carbon Base Load Power for Large Ships - This will explore the possibility of new robust oxide fuel cell and battery technologies to replace diesel generators to provide electricity to shipping systems, such as heating, waste processing, and air conditioning. Participants are Ceres Power Limited, Lloyd's Register Group Services Limited, Shell International Trading, Carnival plc, University of Southampton, and Shipping Company Limited.
Transmission, Hydrogen, and Port Ecosystems UK (SHAPE UK) - This project aims to demonstrate the implementation of a modular green hydrogen system within Portsmouth International Port, providing a decision-making tool that will enable port managers to determine cases of environmental and economical use of hydrogen production and service. Participants are the Portsmouth International Port, University of Brighton, University of Portsmouth, Lloyd's Register EMEA, Barter for Things Ltd, Engas Global Ltd, KnowNow Information Ltd, Iotic Labs Limited, Cox Powertrain Limited, Connected Places Catapult.
National Clean Maritime Demonstration Hub - This will conduct high-quality research to inform the business case of investing in fuel oil and charging infrastructure in Port of Grimsby and investing in applications that will establish Grimsby as a National Maritime Hub (C). Participants are Associated British Ports, Rix Shipping Company Limited, Infrastrata PLC, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Wood Group UK Limited, MJR Controls Limited, Lloyd's Register EMEA, TPG Maritime Limited, Zero Emissions Maritime Technology Ltd.
After independent testing, 55 projects won the competition, sponsored by private companies with 208 partners from the UK. The competition has provided more than £ 23million in-game funding to UK founders. Lloyd's Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub aims to accelerate sustainable decarbonisation into the maritime industry by enabling the delivery and operation of safe, efficient, and profitable zero-generating vessels by 2030.