Global engineering consultancy Ricardo has joined a seven-month project in Orkney aiming to decarbonise ferries as well as shore-side activities in ports with hydrogen.
The Hydrogen in an Integrated Maritime Energy Transition (HIMET) project has an ambitious programme of activities centred on the decarbonisation of two key local maritime sectors: ferry services and cruise terminal operations.
Ricardo joins the consortium and will confirm performance and safety to retrofit a conventional marine engine using a hydrogen engine, and the feasibility of vessels’ onboard auxiliary by power supply by multiple fuel cell systems.
To decarbonise ferries, various solutions will be designed and demonstrated including hydrogen storage specifically intended for use on board a vessel, and the supply of on-board auxiliary power using a hydrogen fuel cell.
A conventional ferry propulsion engine will also be tested running on pure hydrogen.
To develop resilient shore-side power for the maritime sector, a hydrogen engine will be deployed at Hatston to power crew welfare facilities at the cruise terminal, and microgrid solutions will be explored to consider future power requirements for ferry terminals.
In parallel, HIMET will carry out research and stakeholder engagement activities to establish how decarbonised fuels (hydrogen and ammonia) coupled with technology innovations can best inform the broader maritime energy transition and help overcome regulatory barriers.
Once project demonstration activities are complete, HIMET partners will help facilitate uptake across the UK and further afield, demonstrating the maritime working practices of the future.