The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator has launched a competition to accelerate the development of technology with potential to reduce vessel emissions and fuel consumption
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched a competition to accelerate the development of technology with potential to reduce vessel emissions and fuel consumption.
Up to £100,000 (US$127,000) in funding will be awarded to the winning technologies, from a total funding pot of £300,000 (US$381,000), to support technology development or demonstration.
The OWA Low Emission Vessels competition will focus on innovations for crew transfer vessels (CTVs). As highlighted here, a number of owners of CTVs have already begun to investigate using technology such as batteries and hydrogen that can reduce emissions.
Designs submitted to the competition will be assessed for overall cost, operations, and safety advantages to ensure they are viable solutions for offshore wind operations. Vessel designs, power and propulsion technologies as well as energy-providing systems will be considered within the scope of the competition.
The competition is being run in parallel with an OWA commissioned study to evaluate potential technologies for reducing emissions and fuel consumption that are suitable for, or show potential to be used, in offshore wind vessels safely. The study aims to reduce vessel emissions, fuel costs and vessels’ operational maintenance costs for offshore wind operations; understand and evaluate the cost/benefit of existing and future powering and storage technologies, particularly from other industries; and determine the infrastructure required for integrating this new technology into offshore wind operations.
The competition is being delivered by the Carbon Trust and Black & Veatch on behalf of the Scottish Government and the nine OWA industry partners: EnBW, Eon, Equinor, Innogy, Ørsted, Scottish Power Renewables, Shell, SSE, and Vattenfall Wind Power.