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 ETI seeks partners for High Efficiency Propulsion System project to increase fuel efficiency of shipsETI logo 31 MARCH 2016

  • ETI to invest up to £3m in project which could cut emissions and increase fuel efficiency by 8%
  • The ETI project is part of the marine element of its Heavy Duty Vehicles efficiency programme
  • The request for proposals will close on 03 June 2016; the deadline for notification of intention to submit a proposal is 22 April 2016.

Loughborough,  31 March 2016 – The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is launching a new project to design and demonstrate a commercially viable High Efficiency Propulsion System for ships which could see fuel consumption reduced by around 8%.

A Request for Proposals has been issued seeking partners capable of delivering the project which should be suitable for deployment on a range of different ships including general cargo and container vessels.

The successful respondents will be expected to create a design which will be manufactured and tested in a controlled environment, before being retrofitted and demonstrated on a test vessel.

Deborah Stubbs, the ETI’s High Efficiency Propulsion System project Manager said:

“Heavy duty vehicles including shipping currently contribute 8% to the UK’s CO2 emissions. Apart from bio-fuels, the low carbon options for replacing fossil fuels as their energy source are limited so increasing fuel efficiency will be increasingly important if emissions and costs are to be reduced.

“Efficiency can be improved in a number of ways including reducing the ship’s thrust demand or increasing propeller area. However, there are practical constraints such as how to integrate devices onto existing vessels and issues around noise and durability.

“This project will aim to develop and demonstrate a commercially viable solution, which is robust,   durable and reliable and suitable for a range of different types of vessels.”

The request for proposals will close on 03 June 2016; the deadline for notification of intention to submit a proposal is 22 April 2016.

The Request for Proposals can be found at www.eti.co.uk/eti-seeks-partners-for-high-efficiency-propulsion-system-project-to-increase-fuel-efficiency-of-ships/

The ETI has recently issued an Expression of Interest for organisations interested in taking part in a   project which will deliver a full scale demonstrator of Flettner Rotor technology on a large ocean going vessel. The Expression of Interest for the Flettner Rotor Supply and Fit Project will close on 15 April 2016. The deadline for notification of intention to submit a proposal is 31 March 2016.The EoI is available at www.eti.co.uk/eti-to-launch-new-project-to-develop-flettner-rotor-sails-for-ships-which-could-improve-fuel-efficiency-by-at-least-10/

A further Request for Proposals will be issued shortly in the HDV Marine Programme for a Waste Heat Recovery System project to further improve the efficiency of shipping.

About the ETI

The ETI is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government.

The role of the ETI is to act as a conduit between academia, industry and the government to accelerate the development of low carbon technologies. We bring together engineering projects that develop affordable, secure and sustainable technologies to help the UK address its long term emissions reductions targets as well as delivering nearer term benefits. We make targeted commercial investments in nine technology programmes across heat, power, transport and the infrastructure that links them.

Government representation is through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with funding channelled through Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council who also sit on the ETI board. The Department of Energy and Climate Change are observers on the ETI board

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