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UK announces winners of £1.4m green tech research awards

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The Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the UK Department for Transport has announced winners of its first Clean Maritime Call to help find innovative ways to assist the UK’s long-term transition to zero emission shipping.

A total of 55 submissions were received with 10 projects selected to share £1.4m worth of government funding.

UK Maritime Minister Kelly Tolhurst said: “Our vision is for the UK to be a world leader in zero-emission shipping and we will continue to support innovative projects, such as these, that aim to make our air cleaner and create a healthy environment for generations to come.” 

John Howie, chair of MarRI-UK, added: “These projects will play an important role in supporting the British maritime sector’s vision of zero-emission shipping and the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy. The quality and quantity of submissions is a testimony to the commitment to continued development and innovation across the Maritime sector.” 

The 10 winning projects were:

  • FCBATShip Fuel Cell-Battery Hybrid Ship, led by Babcock International Group in a consortium with Fuel Cell Systems, Plug Power and University of Warwick Manufacturing Group (£195.4K);
  • WaveMaster Zero C, led by Bibby Marine Services Ltd in a consortium with Damen Shipyards, Lloyd’s Register, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, Peel Group and Square 5 (£208.5.8K);
  • Energy Saving Technology (EST) Asset Leasing Models, by BMT (£27.1K);
  • Sustainable Aquaculture Leading to Marine Opportunities (SALMO), led by Green Fuel Research in a consortium with London South Bank University and University of Cardiff (£243K);
  • Electrification and Storage of Energy on Coastal General Cargo Vessel, by Intrada Ships Management (£67.4K);
  • Flow Batteries for Marine Application (FLOMAR), led by Marine South East (Commercial) Ltd in a consortium with Houlder Ltd, Lloyds Register and Swanbarton Ltd (£69.4K);
  • First Fully Electric Domestic Passenger Vessel in the UK, led by Plymouth Boat Trips in a consortium with EVParts, Plymouth University, Teignbridge Propellers, University of Exeter and Voyager Marine Ltd. (£105.5K);
  • TorQ, by RS Sailing (£250K);
  • Sustainability Through Efficient Actions in Maritime (STEAM), led by Signol in a consortium with University College London (UCL) Energy Institute (£129.8K); and
  • Advanced Zero Emission Ammonia Engines for Future Marine Applications, led by University of Nottingham in a consortium with MAHLE Powertrain Ltd. and Shell (£97.3K).

Detailed project summaries can be found on the MarRI-UK Website (

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