UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has set up a fund for proposals to decarbonise vessels, ports and harbours
Some £20M (US$28M) in funding has been made available for technologies that could lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) as part of the UK Government’s Clean Maritime Plan and commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
The competitive funding programme – known as the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition – has two strands, one for project proposals of between £25,000-£1M in size and another for projects of between £100,000-£4M in value. Each strand has £10M in funds available to be awarded in co-operation with funding organisation Innovate UK.
"In this competition we are seeking solutions for all sizes and categories of maritime vessels. Solutions can be suitable for one target size or multiple sizes of vessels. All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight and leisure," a UK Government statement said.
The government said it "strongly encourages" projects from around the UK aimed at boosting jobs and economic growth involving ports, vessel operators, vessel manufacturers and relevant supply chains.
"The fund will be used to support the development of prototype vessels and port infrastructure that could then be rolled out widely," the UK Government said in a press release. "The trials will enable companies to test the new technologies, with a view to them being developed commercially if proven to be successful, helping us build back greener from the pandemic."
The competition opens to applications on 22 March 2021 and closes on 2 June 2021, with applicants notified of the outcomes of their submissions on 26 July 2021. Projects can start from 1 September 2021 but must end by 31 March 2022.
Project participants can be a UK-registered business, research organisation, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO). Lead organisations must be UK-registered businesses of any size, research organisations or RTOs, but research organisations and RTOs must collaborate with at least one business and, the government said, academic organisations cannot work alone.
For full terms, conditions and descriptions of the project, visit the UK Government website.
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