Ricardo joins Orkney project aiming to decarbonise maritime

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.

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