The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is launching a new project to design and demonstrate a commercially viable High Efficiency Propulsion System for ships which could see fuel consumption reduced by around 8%.
The ETI project is part of the marine element of its Heavy Duty Vehicles efficiency programme
The request for proposals will close on 03 June 2016; the deadline for notification of intention to submit a proposal is 22 April 2016
A Request for Proposals has been issued seeking partners capable of delivering the project which should be suitable for deployment on a range of different ships including general cargo and container vessels.
The successful respondents will be expected to create a design which will be manufactured and tested in a controlled environment, before being retrofitted and demonstrated on a test vessel.
Heavy duty vehicles including shipping currently contribute 8% to the UK’s CO2 emissions. Apart from bio-fuels, the low carbon options for replacing fossil fuels as their energy source are limited so increasing fuel efficiency will be increasingly important if emissions and costs are to be reduced. Efficiency can be improved in a number of ways including reducing the ship’s thrust demand or increasing propeller area. However, there are practical constraints such as how to integrate devices onto existing vessels and issues around noise and durability. This project will aim to develop and demonstrate a commercially viable solution, which is robust, durable and reliable and suitable for a range of different types of vessels.
The request for proposals will close on 03 June 2016; the deadline for notification of intention to submit a proposal is 22 April 2016.