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ETI seeks partners for High Efficiency Propulsion System project to increase fuel efficiency of ships

31 March 2016

Deborah Stubbs
Deborah Stubbs Project Manager

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.