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£320k smart grant to develop market-first

Chartwell Marine and consortium partners Boat Electric & Electronics and Engineered Marine Systems have won a £320k Innovate UK Smart Grant to develop and test the feasibility of a market-first long-range methanol-fuelled vessel design.

Known for cross-industry next-generation design, Chartwell sees applications for methanol in the offshore wind, commercial workboat and leisure sectors. Methanol carries a near-zero carbon footprint when produced from biomass, can be stored safely and effectively in standard atmospheric conditions, and has little adverse effect on local aquatic environments should spills occur.

Andy Page, Director and Naval Architect at Chartwell Marine, said, “We’re grateful to Innovate UK for the opportunity to delve deeper into the feasibility of methanol-based propulsion.

“As a company, we’ve delivered over 30% of hybrid vessels in the UK offshore wind market, all complete with the latest state of the art electric-diesel hybrid technology. That gives us a great starting point to take methanol forward in a meaningful way and cut through some of the challenges we’ve seen in the development of alternative fuels, which may be a long time from full viability.

“There are still hurdles to overcome with methanol, of course: a lack of refuelling infrastructure onshore, weight issues, and fully efficient conversion to energy, to name some. But with the right investment and build partners, we can use our expertise in offshore wind vessel design to target these challenges and create a proof-of-concept methanol vessel that will be cost-effective, well-engineered and hydrodynamically optimised for deployment worldwide.”

Andy Page is the moderator for Get Set for Workboat 2050 Series 3, Session3.
Series 3 of Get Set for Workboat 2050 looks at practical applications of decarbonisation and provide examples of businesses and workboat operators who are employing technology, innovation, and design to reduce their carbon footprint. 
 'Incentivising Decarbonisation - Exploring different approaches to incentivisation' takes place online on Tuesday, 28 Feb 2023 - add this free to attend session to your schedule: Attend online
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