Funding body Innovate UK has granted £430,000 to a consortium that aims to design and integrate a hydrogen diesel duel-fuel injection system onboard a commercial ferry in Scotland.
Led by Ferguson Marine Engineering, the 12-month HyDIME (Hydrogen Diesel Injection in a Marine Environment) project formally started on 1 August 2018. Other consortium members include the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI), the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), and Lloyds Register.
The goal of HyDIME is to prove the use of hydrogen/diesel injection technology – which is already being tested in the automotive sector – in the marine industry. Ferguson Marine, in conjunction with the Ultra Low Emission Mileage Company (ULEMCo), will work to see how this technology could be integrated into auxiliary power units onboard vessels.
The hydrogen to be used in the project will be produced by Orkney-based EMEC and will power the ferry’s operation between the archipelago’s largest town of Kirkwall and the island of Shapinsay. There is often a surplus of renewable electricity on the Island of Eday, which is fed into an electrolyser sited at EMEC’s tidal test facility. The electrolyser splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, the former of which can then be stored and transported.
“Having invested in an electrolyser to generate hydrogen from Eday’s tidal and wind resources, EMEC has been exploring various opportunities to support the development of a hydrogen economy on the islands,” says Jon Clipsham, hydrogen manager at EMEC. “The potential for developing hydrogen powered vessels is one of the most exciting prospects, particularly given the number of carbon-intensive inter-island ferries located here.”