A £20m ($27.6m) competition hoping to revolutionise the UK’s shipping sector with the introduction of hydrogen-powered vessels and e-charge points was launched by the government on Monday (22nd March).
The aim of the fund is to support the design and development of prototype vessels and port infrastructure that could then be rolled out widely – propelling the sector towards net zero, as the UK prepares to host the COP26 climate change summit in November.
Scientists and academics are being encouraged to collaborate with UK shipping, ports and builders to enter ambitious proposes into the competition.
The trials will enable companies to test the new technologies, with a view to them being developed commercially if proven to be successful.
“We are revolutionising maritime technology and, from electric boats to hydrogen ports, we will change the way this country sails forever, and bring jobs and prosperity to the UK,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.
The competition launch comes as the UK Government prepares to publish its transformational Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which sets out how all modes of transport – sea, rail, road and aviation – can make the switch to net zero.