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Cleaning up the competition

An offshore wind on-turbine electrical vessel charging system has won UK government funding for Teesside-based MJR Power and Automation.

The funding was awarded as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.

As one of the flagship projects to be selected, the grant will enable MJR to fast track the development and demonstration of the electrical vessel charging system and will lead a consortium of partners - Ore Catapult; Xceco; Artemis Technologies and Tidal Transit - each with expertise in their given field. The charge points will enable all electric crew transfer vessels and other offshore support vessels to connect in the field to a 100% green energy source generated directly by the offshore wind turbines for the effcient, safe and reliable transfer of power.

This new technology innovation will break down the existing range barriers and thus increase the uptake by vessel owners and operators with transition to fully electric and green propulsion systems, for retrofit and new build vessels. In combination with other field proven technologies, the charging system will be an important part for government and offshore wind owners and operators, to achieve their net zero maritime operations targets, and switch away from fossil fuels.

The ability to charge when in the field, will significantly accelerate adoption of current emission free propulsion system which will be a major asset for the decarbonisation of the UK and global maritime sector.

Paul Cairns, Managing Director of MJR Power & Automation commented, “We are delighted to have been selected as one of the winners of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, which will enable us to demonstrate our world leading technology for offshore charging of vessels, and our commitment to supporting decarbonisation of marine operations. The support of the Department for Transport/Innovate UK is crucial to delivering net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and we are proud to be recipients of their support.”

The Offshore wind on-turbine electrical vessel charging system is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.

Announced in March 2020, and part of the UK Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to position the UK at the forefront of green shipbuilding and maritime technology, the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition is a £20m investment from government alongside a further c.£10m from industry to reduce emissions from the maritime sector.

The programme is supporting 55 projects across the UK, including projects in Scotland, Northern Ireland and from the South West to the North East of England. As set out in the Clean Maritime Plan (2019), Government funding has been used to support early-stage research relating to clean maritime. The programme will be used to support the research, design, and development of zero emission technology and infrastructure solutions for maritime and to accelerate decarbonisation in the sector.

Exhibitor: MJR Power & Automation

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