Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition – Strand 1

Fund Name: Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition – Strand 1
Project Length: Up to 7 months
Project Value: £25k-£1m
Deadline: 02/06/2021


The aim of this competition is to support the design and development of technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the UK’s maritime sector as set out in the Clean Maritime Plan and support the transition to Net Zero by 2050.

Your project must:

  • review the technical and economic feasibility of solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • develop a clear plan for a future technology demonstration to be deployed after the feasibility project has been completed
Fund details

Project consortia for the feasibility study can include the necessary partners in the feasibility study to achieve these aims, such as including a representative end user such as a vessel manufacturer, operator or port or harbour authority.

At the end of the feasibility project, you must:

  • produce a clear, detailed and costed plan for how the solution will be demonstrated in an operational setting in a port or on a vessel(s), including its technical approach, its objectives and business case
  • detail your compliance with regulation or how you will provide assurance if your novel technology does not comply with existing regulation
  • quantify the potential reduction of lifecycle emissions and positive economic impacts in the future
  • detail the barriers to adoption that the future demonstration will overcome
  • detail the resources needed to carry out such a large-scale demonstration, including funding requirements and timescales for delivery, planning permissions, implications of current and future regulation, an assessment of new partners needed and other related information that is required to make a clear business case and decision on deploying a large demonstration project
  • share your reports with DfT and Innovate UK

Clean maritime and smart shipping technologies for all sizes and categories of maritime vessel are in scope. Solutions can be suitable for one target size of vessel or multiple. Leisure and commercial vessels are in scope.

All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight and leisure.

Specific themes

Your project can focus on one or more of the following themes:

On vessel low and zero emission technologies:

  • 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, rotor, 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 GHG’s e.g. wind turbines, solar panels, synthetic fuel production
  • low carbon energy storage and management
  • physical connections to shore-side power, including fuelling lines
  • enabling technologies such as motors, drives and power electronics

Port and shore-side solutions:

  • shore-side low and zero carbon fuelling including bunkering of such fuels
  • charging infrastructure and management
  • low and zero emission shore-side power solutions, such as enabling docked vessels to turn off their conventional power supply for ancillary systems
  • shore-side renewable energy generation at the port to supply vessels
  • zero emission shore-side power supply as vessels are in harbour for the vessel’s main propulsion system, including grid or renewable energy supply
  • low carbon fuel production (such as hydrogen, methanol, ammonia)
  • zero emission infrastructure, including stationary assets for freight handling and port operations

Investigating green shipping corridors between the UK and other trading partners:

  • assessing the potential of specific technologies in decarbonising trade routes between the UK and trading partners, geographically both near and far
  • exploring barriers to the decarbonisation of trade routes
  • exploring how innovative technologies or the novel application of existing technologies will address the barriers, enabling the creation of green corridors between the UK and its trading partners

Smart shipping technologies:

  • 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

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £25,000 and £1,000,000,
  • end by 31 March 2022
  • last up to 7 months

Projects can start by 1 September 2021.

Innovate UK will not approve project extensions beyond 31 March 2022.

To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size, a research organisation or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

If the lead organisation is an RTO or a research organisation it must collaborate with at least 1 business.

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