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APPLICATION: 2. MARITIME DECARBONISING - JANUARY 2023

 

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THE FUNDING RATE FOR THIS COMPETITION IS 100% OF UP TO £30K, TO ENCOURAGE SME ENTREPRENEURS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARINE AUTONOMOUS PHOTOVOLTAIC PROPULSION ASSISTANCE TRACKING & FURLING SYSTEM

 

PROJECT SUMMARY - We propose designing and constructing a frame mounted system for ships, suitable for retro fits or new builds, working in small 1:20 scale, to prove the concept. The system should be capable of rotating large PV wing panels to track the sun about port and starboard axis bearings, with automatic furling of the Solar Arrays in heavy weather as a safety feature. The system virtually trebling available conventional deck area thinking. Moving from TRL2 to TRL4.


SOLUTION

By moving the mountings for large moveable PV panels above or to the side of a working deck, it is possible to increase the area available for harvesting insolation by a factor of two, or three. Depending on the design of the target vessel, concerning restrictive retro fits. With new builds, the design of such mountings may be incorporated as an original feature for greater improvement.

The provision of furling and the ability to track the sun, increases the apparent wing area compared to fixed PV installations. The furling feature is considered to be essential to reduce PV panel area present to the wind in adverse weather conditions, being possible to contain to a very small end on percentage of the PV wing area. Thus containing roll to acceptable limits.

Furling of the moveable PV wings is to be an automated function, with sensors to detect high wind speeds and unfavourable wave conditions. The system would thus be autonomous, switch-able by the crew to manual control.

As an example, a traditional, large, cargo ship with a deck area of some 5,000 m2 might generate 4,000 kilowatts (kW) in a day - without deck extenders. This could be increased (optionally) by a factor of three (area) and doubled (by tracking) to give 24,000 kW in a day (24MW) - with deck extenders. Converted to propulsion (optimally) by electric pod drives, to provide roughly 10-20% of the daily propulsive energy of a cargo vessel. Dependent on efficiencies of the ICE comparison, and assuming higher conversion of submerged electric jet thrusters (pods).

In battery only ferries, this will reduce the size of the storage medium. In new build hydrogen fuel cell EVs, the fuel cell size might be reduced to offset the mass of the PV wings and mounting frames.

 

 

INSURANCES - Public liability, Employer's Liability, Professional Indemnity.

 

EQUALITY & DIVERSITY - The Foundation complies with it's statutory obligations under the Equality Act 2010.

 

H & S, SLAVERY, EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNALS - Has organisation convicted of any offences in last 3 years?

 

EDI - Electronic Data Interchange

 

CHALLENGES - To design and prove a practical mechanical system to increase apparent PV deck area.


SOLUTION - To design large PV mounting areas, as moveable panels, to virtually treble deck area

 

IMPACT - Could provide risk reduced investment for fleet operators looking to meet IMO targets in the short term.


EXPLOITATION - The Foundation shares knowledge via awareness events such as: Jules Verne H2 Trophy

 

METHODOLOGY - Stages of the project divided into 10 logical parts, to reach TRL3.

 

GANTT CHART PROJECT PROGRESS - 6 MONTHS - April 2023 - 30 September 2023.

 

PROJECT COSTING - Excel sheet showing operational expenses, materials, insurances & proportion of overheads

 

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST - No known conflicts.

 

PREVIOUS APPLICATIONS - ATF application number "80078" 4 August 2020 "Hydrogen Battery."

 

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES - We welcome the opportunity to receive and share information

 

CONTACT US - See our HQ and facilities.

 

 

DEADLINE FOR FINAL 2022 APPLICATIONS: 23:59 15 January 2023

Transport Research and Innovation Grants (TRIG), powered by Connected Places Catapult, supports future leaders in transport innovation by awarding 100% funding for the development of new technology, allowing innovators to either succeed or fail fast. The programme also provides a collaborative space for innovators, including academics, SMEs and large businesses to work with DfT’s policy teams on realising shared goals. 

 

For the TRIG 2022 programme, as well as their traditional open call, DfT is particularly interested in solutions that address the following challenges: 

- Local Transport Decarbonisation 

- Maritime Decarbonisation 

- The Future of Freight 

- Transport Resilience to Severe Weather and Flooding 

- Improving the Rail Passenger Experience 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCOPE - CHALLENGE

Challenge 2: Maritime Decarbonisation - £30k Grants Available

UK SHORE is funding early-stage proof of concept innovation through the TRIG programme in targeted areas within maritime decarbonisation, complementing support provided by other UK SHORE interventions and supporting the implementation of the Clean Maritime Plan and the Transport Decarbonisation Plan. These interventions will deliver real change in the UK maritime sector to decarbonise shipping and ports and drive growth across the country. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE AREAS WITHIN SCOPE OF THIS MARITIME DECARBONISATION TRIG CALL ARE: 

 

• Solutions focused on large deep-sea shipping vessels only, including but not limited to cargo ships, tankers and cruise ships.

 

• Smart shipping technologies and automation that delivers indirect emissions savings for any size of vessel.

 

• Projects that focus on supporting small and medium sized ports, harbours and marinas to decarbonize their operations where they have not yet begun to do so.

 

• Projects focused on deep sea shipping vessels only, as the multi-year CMDC has supported so far mostly short sea shipping vessels. Deep sea vessels include but are not limited to cargo ships, tankers and cruise ships.

 

• Vessel propulsion (battery, fuel cell, hybrid, or engines using low carbon alternative fuels such as hydrogen, methanol or ammonia). 

 

• Propulsion systems using internal combustion engine technology capable of using multiple fuels including zero carbon options (such as hydrogen, methanol, ammonia). 

 

• Wind propulsion, including soft-sail, fixed-sail, rotory sails, kite and turbine technologies, targeting a range of ship types from small vessels to large cargo carriers, both as primary and auxiliary propulsion. 

 

• On-vessel power generation and fuel production to reduce GHGs (such as wind turbines, solar panels, synthetic fuel production). 

 

• Low carbon energy storage and management. 

 

• Smart shipping technologies and automation that delivers indirect emissions savings for any size of vessel.

 

• Autonomy, digitisation and better journey efficiencies directly and indirectly, delivering quantifiable energy efficiency savings and, therefore, GHG emission reductions. 

 

• Other smart shipping technologies, including the control of the emission reduction systems including but not limited to wind propulsion.

The budget available for the Maritime Decarbonisation funding call is approximately £400,000. They are looking to fund up to 13 projects, however the final number of projects funded will depend on the number of quality applications received, value-for-money, and the policy needs of the Department for Transport.

 

 

 

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