£2.2m maritime decarbonisation project started in Orkney

£2.2m maritime decarbonisation project started in Orkney: A new £2.2m project has begun in the UK to investigate different solutions for decarbonising ferries along with shore side activities in ports.

The 7 month Hydrogen in an Integrated Maritime Energy Transition (HIMET) project in Orkney, managed by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) intends to display technologies to permit maritime decarbonisation concentrated on 2 essential local sectors: ferry services & cruise terminal operations.

Varying solutions will be created and explained, containing hydrogen storage particularly designed to use on board a vessel & the production of on-board auxiliary power using a hydrogen fuel cell, to decarbonise ferries, along with testing a traditional ferry propulsion engine working on pure hydrogen.

For flexible shore side power, a hydrogen engine will be set up at Hatston to power crew welfare facilities at the cruise terminal & microgrid solutions will be investigated to regard  future power concerns for ferry terminals.

HIMET will additionally perform research & stakeholder engagement activities to demonstrate how decarbonised fuels, like hydrogen & ammonia, connected with technology modernisations can advantageously advise the wider maritime energy transition.

James Walker, EMEC’s Hydrogen Development Manager stated: “EMEC foresees significant opportunities in maritime innovation, with hydrogen & hydrogen derivative fuels expected to play a vital role in decarbonising the sector.

“Building on the knowledge & experience from various green hydrogen projects that have instigated the development of a hydrogen economy locally, the HIMET project will showcase emerging & innovative technologies which will help pave the way to decarbonising maritime activities. While the project will focus on addressing challenges in the Orkney context, we believe our findings will be applicable to all island & coastal environments where vessels provide vital lifeline services.

“Orkney has long been a living laboratory for renewable energy & decarbonisation & is well placed to become a centre of excellence in maritime decarbonisation as well.”

The grouping for the project combine Aquatera, EMEC Hydrogen, Eneus Energy, OakTec, Orcades Marine Management Consultants, Orkney Islands Council, Ricardo, RINA, Schneider Electric, ULEMCo & Urban Foresight.

£2.2m maritime decarbonisation project started in Orkney

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