£1.44M Funding Boost for HyZEM Project to Decarbonize UK Maritime Sector

By June 10, 2024 3   min read  (514 words)

June 10, 2024 |

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Freeport East has successfully secured £1.44 million ($1.8 million) in funding from both the UK’s Innovate UK and Australia’s Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, to advance the Hydrogen Zero Emission Maritime (HyZEM) project. This significant financial boost aims to develop cutting-edge green hydrogen technology specifically tailored for high-powered workboats, incorporating low-carbon storage and propulsion systems.

The HyZEM project, engaging leading experts from both the UK and Australia, is set on revolutionizing the maritime sector through the adoption of zero-emission technologies. Spearheaded by Freeport East, the collaboration includes industry specialists like Steamology, the National Composites Centre (NCC), Duodrive Limited, Chartwell Marine Limited, and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. The Australian counterpart of the project is led by Rux Energy Australia, with all parties focusing on reducing the risks associated with deploying new technologies and accelerating the uptake of marine green hydrogen solutions.

The project centers on demonstrating practical applications of green hydrogen, such as bunkering technology, port storage, and refueling infrastructure. These developments are expected to significantly support local supply chains and the broader adoption of green hydrogen within the maritime industry.

Moreover, the initiative will see the deployment of these green technologies at key regional ports like Harwich and Felixstowe, where the prevalence of tugs, workboats, and offshore wind vessels makes these innovations particularly pertinent. Through its diverse and specialized partnership, the project not only aims to advance green hydrogen use but also catalyzes regional innovation and fosters collaboration between small and medium enterprises, global industry leaders, and academic institutions in the field of offshore renewable energy.

Steamology’s contribution with its zero-emission hydrogen steam turbines and Duodrive’s expertise in electric contra-rotating marine propulsion are set to enhance vessel efficiency and performance. Additionally, the National Composites Centre and Rux Energy are leading the development of next-generation hydrogen storage systems. These systems integrate advanced nanoporous materials with new carbon composite tanks, aiming to deliver unprecedented improvements in efficiency, safety, and cost for marine applications.

“We are pleased to be working with such talented partners across the hydrogen and marine supply chain and thank InnovateUK for grant funding the opportunity,” said Steamology chief executive Matt Candy.

“Steamology delivers scalable and modular solutions for industrial steam heat and power, embracing the hydrogen and circular economies, eliminating emissions, replacing fossil fuels and fossil fuel engines.

“Steamology is delivering the world’s first zero emission hydrogen steam turbine marine propulsion, 130 years after ‘Turbinia’, the world’s first steam turbine steam ship.”

Project engineer, development & operations, at ORE Catapult Joseph Hewitt said: “We are delighted to partner with Steamology and the extended HyZEM consortium team, contributing our independent expertise in offshore renewable energy and clean maritime technology to this important feasibility study.

“Demonstrating the potential of innovative technologies such as hydrogen-storage and hydrogen-fuelled turbines to decarbonise the world’s marine fleet could pave the way for future cost savings and risk reduction benefits for the entire industry, minimising environmental impact and moving us closer to achieving our net zero ambitions.”


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