Two new investments will harness the UK’s research and innovation excellence to decarbonise the maritime sector.
The investments announced are:
a £77 million Zero Emission Vessel and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition
a £7.4 million flagship UK National Clean Maritime research hub
Zero Emission Vessel and Infrastructure
-The £77 million ZEVI competition, launched by DfT and delivered in partnership with UKRI’s Innovate UK, sits alongside the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition in the suite of UK SHORE initiatives.
It builds on the vision set out in DfT’s clean maritime plan, supporting this goal by funding long-term, real-world operational demonstrations of scalable clean maritime solutions.
UK National Clean Maritime research hub
The UK National Clean Maritime research hub will be delivered by UKRI’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
It will bring together an interdisciplinary consortium of leading UK research organisations to address low technology readiness level research challenges in clean maritime.
Priorities will include:
-taking a systems approach to supporting the development and implementation of clean maritime solutions. The hub will address research challenges in low and zero-emission fuels, energy sources and vessel technologies for the maritime sector
-land-side infrastructure required to enable the uptake of low and zero-emission fuels, energy sources and vessel technologies by the maritime sector
-the role of energy efficiency solutions in facilitating the uptake of low and zero-emission fuels, energy sources and vessel technologies by the maritime sector