Carisbrooke Shipping and Carnot to trial hydrogen engine on board cargo vessel

In order to create a 50kW hydrogen auxiliary engine demonstration with zero emissions, Carisbrooke Shipping has teamed with Carnot, whose consortium was awarded £2.3M.

After careful planning, computer calculations, and extensive testing, the ground-breaking 50kW single-fuel hydrogen engine will be deployed on the deck of one of the cargo ships for a 40-day sea trial in early 2025 and used to partially power the ship. The primary objective is to expand on work from the previously successful CMDC 1 & 2 awards and validate the decarbonizing impact that high efficiency, zero emission engines may have in the maritime industry.

In the future, tugboats, ferries, cargo ships, tankers, and container ships might all be propelled by this technology.

To provide a secure road to regulatory compliance, Bureau Veritas and The Maritime and Coastguard Agency are also being enlisted as the vessel’s regulatory authorities. One of the first projects to receive approval in principle for a hydrogen power generation system on board a vessel flying the UK flag is this one.

Carisbrooke Shipping is a family-run company with more than 50 years of experience and a strong history of supporting innovation. According to the company’s strategy, it would pioneer the sector by creating new, more effective vessels to replace the old ones. Over 100 vessels were created in shipyards throughout the globe.

Making maritime sector carbon-free

The worldwide shipping industry, which now contributes 3% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, is facing a significant decarbonization challenge. According to current IMO regulations, all vessels must lower their CO2 per ton-mile by 40% compared to 2008 levels by 2030 and must achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

A crucial boost has been provided to the UK’s effort to decarbonize the marine industry with the distribution of £60 million in government funds to forward-thinking businesses throughout the country creating cutting-edge green technologies. For the first time, the UK government will provide two years of support for the creation of innovative clean maritime technology. The money comes from the third stage of the government’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC3), which is focused on creating a variety of clean maritime technologies like hydrogen, ammonia, electric, and wind power.

We will be expected to show during the two-year funding period that our proposal will function in the actual world, advancing the technology toward becoming a commonplace reality.

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