Maritime operations are paramount to the efficient movement of goods nationally and globally, yet are often high contributors of CO2 emissions and air pollutants. Scalability, affordability and adaptability are vital to the adoption of low carbon fuel sources within the maritime sector.
Adopting decentralised energy systems such as on-site hydrogen generation can drive the crucial transition of port operations to net-zero, complemented by other climate positive benefits.
Dr Atkins said: “Hydrogen could provide a practical solution to cleaning up harbour-based vessels and the SHAPE project provides a great opportunity to demonstrate both the propulsion and hydrogen generation technology needed to do this. I’m excited to be applying the Advanced Engineering Centre’s expertise in hydrogen engines to develop the technology to power these new clean vessels.”
SHAPE UK will be led by the University of Portsmouth, alongside University of Brighton. Other partners in the collaborative transformation project include Lloyd's Register, Engas, IOTICS, B4T, KnowNow, COX and the Connected Places Catapult.