Key features: Investment of up to £7.5m in collaborative R&D projects to improve the ways in which energy is managed on ships and other marine and maritime vessels.
Programme: Collaborative research and development
Award: Up to £7.5m
Opens: 12 Jan 2015, 00:00
Registration closes: 04 Mar 2015, 12:00
Closes: 11 Mar 2015, 12:00
Support phone number: 0300 321 4357
Managing energy on marine vessels
Innovate UK and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) are to invest up to £7.5m in collaborative R&D projects to improve the ways in which energy is managed on ships and other marine and maritime vessels.
This competition is the third to be run under the theme of increasing the efficiency of marine vessel operation.
The first two competitions - Piloting UK marine and maritime innovation and Better systems at sea – placed an emphasis on projects that could increase the efficiency of a marine platform.
Modern shipping is increasingly moving towards an architecture where the power required to meet both propulsion and hotel load (crew and passenger accommodation) is generated from a single, shared source.
That offers greater flexibility and the opportunity for increased efficiency in power supply generation. In addition, it can exploit and combine power generated from a number of sources.
This competition encourages developments in integrated electrical systems, performance monitoring, and energy management and recovery.
Industry studies have demonstrated a considerable UK capability in these areas and the strategy for growth for the UK marine industries estimates the global commercial marine market at £3tr. However, UK companies need to continually innovate in order to exploit opportunities and meet industry challenges.
- more robust management of energy/ electrical power
- increased efficiency in the storage and movement of energy/electrical power
- enhanced adaptability/flexibility in the use of energy/electrical power.
Integrated electrical systems
- optimised electric systems architecture (AC/DC) ensuring flexibility and adaptability with minimum losses
- protection and resilience to electrical faults, particularly ensuring that an isolated failure does not result in an issue for the entire system
- high-density energy storage, including electrical, chemical or mechanical solutions that can meet the high-volume density and mass-density requirements
- electric propulsion systems such as rim-driven propellers and motors focusing on high-power density, both volume and mass
- control of energy systems, including power demand management, quality of supply, prioritisation, scheduling and load shedding
- ‘hot swappable' computing and power management systems that enable maintenance and repairs without shutting down the whole system.
- sensors, measurement and monitoring technology, including connectivity and retrofit solutions
- data management systems, information processing and presentation, including fault diagnostics and prognostics as part of overall vessel health monitoring.
Energy management and recovery
- technologies or management that can reduce waste energy output and end-user energy demand, such as limiting ‘wild' (uncontrolled) heat, noise and vibration
- waste heat removal, including air conditioning, that is effective in all climatic conditions
- energy scavenging/harvesting – such as technologies that help turn waste energy into useable energy
- next-generation electric actuators with improved volume and mass density, and reduced energy consumption.
Funding allocation and project details
As part of the application process all applicants are asked to submit a public description of the project. This should adequately describe the project but not disclose any information that may impact on intellectual property, is confidential or commercially sensitive. The titles of successful projects, names of organisations, amounts awarded and the public description will be published once the decision to offer an award has been communicated to applicants by email. Information about unsuccessful project applications will remain confidential and will not be made public.
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