The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is partnering with Teignbridge Propellers International Limited (TPIL) to develop a high efficiency propulsion system for ships that aims to reduce fuel consumption by around 8 per cent.
The two-year project aims to develop a commercially-viable system that can be retrofitted to a variety of vessel types. Based in Newton Abbot, Devon, Teignbridge is the largest propeller and stern gear producer of its kind in Europe. ETI’s high efficiency propulsion system project manager Deborah Stubbs said: “Unlike other forms of transport it is difficult to replace fossil fuels in marine vessels with low carbon alternatives so increasing fuel efficiency will become progressively more important if emissions and costs are to be reduced for the shipping industry.
“This project will develop a commercially viable product suitable for a wide range of vessels types and capable of being retrofitted to ensure it is attractive to shipowners and operators. “It is one of a number of demonstration projects the ETI is running which, when used in combination, could reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent and cut the carbon emissions from shipping in a cost-effective manner.”
Teignbridge Propellers International Limited chairman David Duncan said: “We are delighted to have been selected for this technology development and demonstration project, it fits very well with the company's research and development strategy and plans. Teignbridge Propellers has an excellent engineering design team and a background of design development. The project will be helped by the dedicated research test vessel presently under construction for Teignbridge Propellers. The selection by the ETI is a recognition and endorsement of the company's abilities.”