MarRI-UK announces £1.3m grant to develop national hydrogen network

by 18, Oct, 2021Innovation, Maritime 4.00 comments

A consortium comprising eight organisations has been awarded £1.3m as part of the Smart Maritime Land Operations Call to develop a national hydrogen highway network, integrating land, sea and port. 

The consortium includes one Port, two SMEs, three higher education institutes, and two research technology organisations, along with other supporting organisations, and is being led by the Port of London Authority. The Smart Maritime Land Operations Call is a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the Department for Transport (DfT).

The Call was launched in November 2020, with organisations from across the UK able to apply for grants to develop mid TRL (TRL 3-7) technologies. Out of 19 submissions, one was selected for funding by independent reviewers. Criteria included their impact and benefits for the maritime sector, innovation aspect, strategic fit with Maritime 2050, alignment with MarRI-UK Vision, and value for money.

This funding will help develop technological innovation that enables smart maritime land operations for UK Maritime and drive development of innovative technologies to build a world leading industry.

MarRI-UK anticipates that the UK Maritime future will involve smart ships, exploiting advanced navigation and communications technologies with onboard sensors and intelligent systems. Increasing reliance on new technologies coupled with environmental concerns within the entire maritime sector creates new and more demanding requirements for the industry.

“If we’re to usher in a cleaner era for British maritime and achieve our world-leading decarbonisation goals, we must pioneer the use of new and innovative technologies at our ports,” said Robert Courts MP, maritime minister.

“Supporting the building of a state-of-the-art hydrogen network will enable us to reduce emissions, create green jobs across the UK and consolidate our position as international leaders in green maritime,” he added.

John Howie MBE, Chair of MarRI-UK, said: “The award of this grant marks a positive step forward in achieving the MarRI-UK vision.

“This grant is extremely important to the UK maritime industry and provide unique opportunities for emerging technologies to be applied whilst supporting innovation; ensuring that sustainability remains at the core of our thinking. I very much look forward to seeing the developments as they unfold.”