zero emission

Mission-oriented research programme

To realize (near) zero emission shipping solutions that contribute to a sustainable use of sea and resources while assuring reliable ship operations and meeting the ship functional requirements.

sub programmes

Ship Design Demonstrators

Providing hydro-(propulsion) system integrated ship designs to facilitate the sector in the energy transition. In this sub programme MARIN works closely together with commercial partners in the maritime sector. Taking real ships with real operations enables us to make realistic (near) ZE-based ship designs to show the feasibility of these concepts and provide a tangible pathway towards zero emission shipping.

Ship Design Demonstrators

Providing hydro-(propulsion) system integrated ship designs to facilitate the sector in the energy transition. In this sub programme MARIN works closely together with commercial partners in the maritime sector. Taking real ships with real operations enables us to make realistic (near) ZE-based ship designs to show the feasibility of these concepts and provide a tangible pathway towards zero emission shipping.

Zero Emission Validation Methodology

Enabling a fair comparison of ZE solutions based on realistic ‘reference’ ship operational profiles. Many techniques are available to make steps towards zero emission shipping; alternative energy carriers (climate neutral and zero carbon fuels) combined with future proof energy converters (ICE, fuels cells, (battery), …), wind assisted propulsion, hydrodynamic improvements. How can ships, incorporating such techniques, be compared in a fair way and how to determine the solution effectiveness to reduce emissions?
In this sub programme MARIN works closely together with many (European) players (commercial and non-commercial) to set the right sector-overarching reference levels for e.g. energy and power densities and system and hydrodynamic efficiencies. This is a crucial step to come to a common knowledge base and be able to provide the sector with consistent data to tackle the energy transition in shipping.

Zero Emission Validation Methodology

Enabling a fair comparison of ZE solutions based on realistic ‘reference’ ship operational profiles. Many techniques are available to make steps towards zero emission shipping; alternative energy carriers (climate neutral and zero carbon fuels) combined with future proof energy converters (ICE, fuels cells, (battery), …), wind assisted propulsion, hydrodynamic improvements. How can ships, incorporating such techniques, be compared in a fair way and how to determine the solution effectiveness to reduce emissions?
In this sub programme MARIN works closely together with many (European) players (commercial and non-commercial) to set the right sector-overarching reference levels for e.g. energy and power densities and system and hydrodynamic efficiencies. This is a crucial step to come to a common knowledge base and be able to provide the sector with consistent data to tackle the energy transition in shipping.

INNOVATIVE PROPULSION & RESISTANCE REDUCTION

In this sub programme the focus is twofold:
• Maturing innovative concepts; research at medium TRL to study and improve effectiveness
The main focus is at wind assisted propulsion. The results from these detailed studies can be used in sub programme 1 to integrate into the new ship designs of the future, where possible.
• Early innovative concepts/ideas; feasibility studies for low TRL, risk bearing research.
The topics can vary depending on the results of the previous feasibility studies and the need to bring them a step further. Typical topics that are or have been studied are resistance reduction through boundary layer adjustment, distributed propulsion systems, high speed ship transport concepts and their ability to enable a modal shift towards shipping.

INNOVATIVE PROPULSION & RESISTANCE REDUCTION

In this sub programme the focus is twofold:
• Maturing innovative concepts; research at medium TRL to study and improve effectiveness
The main focus is at wind assisted propulsion. The results from these detailed studies can be used in sub programme 1 to integrate into the new ship designs of the future, where possible.
• Early innovative concepts/ideas; feasibility studies for low TRL, risk bearing research.
The topics can vary depending on the results of the previous feasibility studies and the need to bring them a step further. Typical topics that are or have been studied are resistance reduction through boundary layer adjustment, distributed propulsion systems, high speed ship transport concepts and their ability to enable a modal shift towards shipping.
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