- Sep 15, 2021 2:15 pm GMT
Green submarine and shipping charge-points powered by offshore wind turbines will receive a share of a £23 million Innovate UK-run R&D competition.
Net positive submarine fleet
A fully automated net positive submarine fleet, powered entirely on green hydrogen, could help cleanse the oceans of toxic pollution by collecting microplastics on its pilot route between Glasgow and Belfast.
While transporting cargo shipments, the fleet could secure significant emission savings of 27 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the first year of operation. The fleet has an overall mission to reduce 300 million tonnes of CO2 emission as it grows.
Also amongst the winners is an all-electric charge-point connected to an offshore wind turbine. The charge-points will be able to power boats using 100% renewable energy generated from the turbine, offering potential savings of up to 131,100 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. This is the equivalent of removing over 62,000 cars from our roads.
Similar to roadside electric vehicle chargepoints, these will be operated by semi-automated control, meaning that sailors can moor up by the wind turbine chargepoint, plug in, charge up, then sail on.
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