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Saturday, October 6, 2018 

The Ferguson Marine Engineering-led consortium behind the HyDIME (Hydrogen Diesel Injection in a Marine Environment) project has received an Innovate UK grant of £430,332 to take the project forward.

The 12-month project, which began in August, is widely seen as “a stepping stone” to de-risk and kick-start future hydrogen marine projects, contributing to reducing emissions within the maritime industry.  

The hydrogen to be used in the project will be produced in Orkney, Scotland, and will power a ferry operating between the main town of Kirkwall and the island of Shapinsay and apply, Ultra Low Emission Mileage Company (ULEMCo), a unique technology in hydrogen dual fuel. Ferguson Marine, in conjunction ULEMCo will research how this technology can work in tandem with existing systems to power auxiliary units onboard vessels.

Other consortium members include Orkney Islands Council, High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI), the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), and Lloyds Register.

HSSMI will conduct a scale-up analysis of the technology and carry out a techno-economic assessment of the current system and potential future scenarios. The aim is to determine if there are any other regions of the UK where similar hydrogen infrastructure could be implemented, leading to similar and larger projects to contribute towards growing the hydrogen economy in the UK.

Chief Naval Architect of Ferguson Marine Chris Dunn, said: “Joining up with world leading technology innovators [moves] us one step closer to our goal of delivering a zero-emission, hydrogen powered commercial ROPAX ferry by 2020."

HSSMI, which has a rich history within the automotive sector, is looking to transfer its knowledge of advanced manufacturing into different sectors. “We believe that developing a hydrogen economy within Scotland and the greater UK is essential for decarbonising transportation and energy production. HyDIME is an exciting first step on this journey,” said HSSMI Project Manager Tristan Coats.


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