After a successful initial collaboration on a short feasibility study, funded by Innovate UK’s ‘Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI Phase 1’ call, local SME Ecomar Propulsion has decided to continue the partnership with CFCM and apply for Phase 2 of the SBRI competition.
CFCM and Ecomar Propulsion first worked together on a three-month feasibility study, at the end of last year. This initial study was to assess and determine the best methods for rapid electrification of commercial marine vessels. Through the analysis of duty cycle data, the study has informed delivery of top level, optimised design layouts when configuring electric motors, fuel and energy systems and principle components and controllers.
It also demonstrated that zero-emission powertrains and energy systems are credible alternatives to combustion powers in terms of both performance and deliverability using UK-resourced components. These and other positive findings informed Ecomar’s decision to continue working on the project and to apply for Phase 2 of the SBRI call.
The next step for the project will be, after some further concept development, the design and physical delivery of the optimised hybrid propulsion system. Working with their industry partners, Ecomar will produce different prototypes, which will be tested and further refined in anticipation of full-scale manufacture.
“We have an opportunity to create new UK manufacturing opportunities and high value skills appropriate for a green economy,” says Anthony Bennett, Director of Ecomar Propulsion. “This will assist in creating new jobs and support the maritime industry in recovering from the pandemic, all the while improving sustainability of operations and returning to long term profitability.”
The team at CFCM are enthusiastic about this project and look forward to developing our partnership with Ecomar further.