CMAL and University of Strathclyde get £ 30,000 to explore clean maritime fuel


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Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) and the University of Strathclyde have secured a £ 30,000 grant to explore clean maritime fuel.

The project will last six months and will examine the technical, operational and commercial viability of using carbon-free fuels to power ferries.

It was awarded following a joint bid in the Department for Transport’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC), launched in March 2021 to accelerate maritime decarbonization in the UK.

The project, called Lifecycle Energy Solutions for Clean Scotland and UK Maritime Economy, is a feasibility study exploring the most effective solutions that will reduce carbon emissions from the maritime sector, but also support sustainable economic growth and the competitiveness of the industry. .

CMAL’s team of ship designers, naval architects and marine engineers will work alongside academics and maritime researchers from the University of Strathclyde to conduct a life cycle assessment on the viability of use ammonia, hydrogen and the electricity grid for ferries.

The team will design business scenarios based on 23 ferries on 27 routes on the west coast of Scotland, including highly reliable predictions of the costs and benefits of the proposed alternative fuel sources and a comparison with diesel use.

The results of the project will feed into CMAL’s future decarbonisation plan and contribute to the Scottish Government’s ambition to increase low-emission ships in the ferry fleet by 30%.

John Salton, Fleet Manager and Project Director at CMAL, said: “Carbon-free fuels are in the early stages of development in the UK maritime industry, but there are different views on the most efficient ways to produce, distribute and used on board for a clean transport economy.

Peilin Zhou, professor of marine engineering at the University of Strathclyde, added: “The use of carbon-free fuels, such as hydrogen and ammonia, for shipping are promising solutions for climate control.

“However, the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of carbon-free fuels must be studied from a life cycle perspective.”

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