Liverpool, UK – ULEMCo, the company achieving success with the use of ultra-low emission hydrogen-fuelled commercial vehicles in the UK, is looking into options for the marine sector. The company is developing a demonstration marine engine modified to run on hydrogen as part of an international project. [interreg]
ULEMCo has become a partner to the HYLANTIC project, the overall aim of which is to show that a cost effective and practical solution could be deployed across a range of existing vessel applications, and therefore contribute to reducing emissions in local ports and inland waterways.
As well as developing a hydrogen fuelled engine, a feasibility study will also be carried out to assess the sources of hydrogen locally in the Liverpool City Region that would be suitable for marine applications, where opportunities could exist for vessels such as those used for the Mersey Ferry and the Manchester Ship Canal.
ULEMCo joins the Universities of Cantabria, Porto, Ulster and Dublin City, as well as several private companies in delivering the HYLANTIC project. The work is funded by Interreg Europe, which supports local and regional authorities across Europe in achieving innovative and integrated solutions to a range of sustainability issues.
“We are very excited to be part of the HYLANTIC project, and to be adding this feasibility work on marine applications to our fast expanding vehicle portfolio”, said Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo. “We shall announce progress with the demonstration hydrogen marine engine in due course.”
The Atlantic Network for Renewable Generation and Supply of Hydrogen to promote High Energy Efficiency – ‘HYLANTIC’ project addresses global energy issues and focuses on the challenge of ensuring a sustainable and efficient energy supply with low carbon emissions.
ULEMCo Ltd is the world’s first hydrogen commercial vehicle conversion company, enabling fleet, commercial and niche vehicle owners to have access to zero emission hydrogen fuel, as part of their strategies to reduce transport related carbon emissions.
ULEMCo is based in Liverpool, UK and was founded in 2014 as a spin out of Revolve Technologies, to commercialise intellectual property and capability in hydrogen combustion engine technology. The company converts vehicles, having started with diesel Ford Transit vans, to enable them to run on commercially available hydrogen. The technology allows vehicle fleet managers to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to ultra-low levels.
Commercial fleets across the UK benefit from a reduced carbon foot print while still having the full range capability of standard diesel vehicles. Alongside various partners, ULEMCo already supports a fleet of vehicles across a range of hydrogen hubs in the UK. The company is targeting commercial fleet conversions to grow the market significantly over the next 18 months, and then expand into other vehicle types over the longer term. Its growth plans include creating a hydrogen re-fuelling network, to capitalise on the existing local infrastructure for this ‘green’ fuel.
The HYLANTIC project (Atlantic Network for Renewable Generation and Supply of Hydrogen to promote High Energy Efficiency) commenced December 2017 with the main objective of: ‘promoting renewable energy competitiveness in the Atlantic area by integration of the hydrogen energy market through the development of new and advanced systems to supply strategic sectors along the Atlantic coast, and developing a world leading position in the field of energy efficiency through the use of renewable energy’.
The project is led by the University of Cantabria and the partnership involves 11 organizations from the five Atlantic area countries and 15 associated partners including public administration, technological clusters, platforms, partnerships for regional development, policy makers, end users and stakeholders who will collaborate on technical activities, and transfer and dissemination of results.
HYLANTIC is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme with a budget of 2,5 million euros.
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Interreg Europe helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. By creating an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions, it aims to ensure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact for people and place. Interreg Europe aims to get maximum return from the EUR 359 million financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for 2014-2020.
Solutions exist that can help our regions become the best that they can be. Today, the EU’s emphasis is very much on paving the way for regions to realise their full potential – by helping them to capitalise on their innate strengths while tapping into opportunities that offer possibilities for economic, social and environmental progress.
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