TECHNOLOGY SPREAD - The technology this consortium are looking to develop, covers LNG, ammonia, batteries and fuel cells, in the hope of finding the elusive formula that will see world shipping clean up its act. At least by crossing off some of the possibilities, we may proceed to the more practical. Notably, there is no inclusion of solar power.
The unique design of the Elizabeth Swann (impractical as it stands for commercial shipping, but adaptable) lends itself to onboard storage of large quantities of hydrogen, or ammonia, though ammonia has a list of problems to overcome in our view. Given that the ZEWT partnership appears to have been established in principle a while ago, the calls for proposals will have targeted those in the partnership. Hence, with only one or two projects being funded per call, it is conceivable that sums have been allocated for the more mature Waterborne members with deeper pockets, probably with many years of trading as a track record - so potentially barring start ups, ruling out newcomers like the Cleaner Ocean Foundation.
The European Commission is known to be conservative in awarding grants, generally reserved for those they have already done business with. Think carefully then, when it comes to spending time on making such applications, or paying green fees of €3,000 where there is literally, a mountain of paperwork attaching, making the administrative cost of building a consortium, a very risky proposition - as non-refundable effort. Time being money. As an SME, the Cleaner Ocean Foundation could never lead a bid for any of the calls and hope to be successful. But with a slight glimmer of hope, may contribute to any consortium looking to explore mass storage of hydrogen with a unique hull-form - perhaps as a 'Intellectual Property' subcontractor. All IP so generated to be shared between consortium members by way of patent licenses, where the value of protecting such know-how should not be underestimated when it comes to exploitation.
The Horizon Europe Partnership
is to invest up to 3.8 billion EUR in research and innovation
The Partnership aims at leading and accelerating the transformation of waterborne transport (i.e. maritime transport and inland navigation) to eliminate all harmful environmental emissions (including greenhouse gas, air and water pollutants) through innovative technologies and operation. By 2030,the objective is to develop and demonstrate deployable zero-emission solutions which are applicable for all main ship types and services, to enable the achievement of zero emission waterborne transport by 2050.
The European Commission will invest up to EUR 530 million to actions within the scope of the Coprogrammed European Partnership. The Partners other than the Union (i.e. the private sector) will provide input and advice to the European Commission in order to contribute to the identification of priorities of research and innovation activities and to the definition of call topics for inclusion in the
Horizon Europe Work Programmes within the scope of the Co-programmed European Partnership’s activities.
“Today is a unique moment for the European waterborne transport sector, which is a strategically important sector for the EU. The Partnership will not only foster and accelerate the transition to an environmental-friendly mode of
transport, in line with the European Green Deal ambitions, but it will also stimulate the green recovery of the
waterborne sector. The Partnership uniquely gathers all relevant stakeholders from the waterborne transport sector, who join forces to deliver innovative solutions for the benefit of future generations. We look forward to the applications for the first round of calls for proposals, as well as mapping the state-of-play and monitoring the progress towards reaching our objectives”.
Enabling the safe and efficient on-board storage and integration within ships of large quantities of ammonia and hydrogen fuels (ZEWT
Partnership) IA to TRL 6-7 Budget € 20m Around €10m
x 2 projects
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ZEWT - SOLAR + HYDROGEN HYBRID: Solar power is a proven means of traversing the oceans, but slowly. We aim to improve the conversion efficiency from sun and wind to propulsive thrust - using a revolutionary hull design. Wind power is also a proven technology, but again, with disadvantages. Sails cannot load-level. A rotary sail (turbine) does so by generating electricity and storing it in the latest batteries, with hydrogen hybrid potential. But do we use vertical or horizontal blades. What setup is the most efficient overall? As an experimental vessel, the design is modular, to allow bolt-on modification to the rig for ZEWT progression.
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