Hydrogen-powered shipping project wins multimillion pound funding

Published On: March 1, 2023Categories: Industry News, News

A consortium led by zero-emission vessel provider ACUA Ocean in partnership with zero-emission infrastructure provider Unitrove has won a multimillion pound UK government grant in a major push to decarbonize the maritime sector.

The Hydrogen Innovation–Future Infrastructure & Vessel Evaluation and Demonstration (HI-FIVED) consortium will receive more than £3.8m ($4,573,566 USD) of funding to build and showcase its innovative autonomous vessel and bunkering infrastructure technologies for liquid hydrogen.

The project is expected to be delivered in autumn of 2024 and aims to establish a domestic green shipping corridor between Aberdeen and the Orkney and Shetland Islands, with hydrogen-powered autonomous ships being used to transport cargo. The project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 3 (CMDC3), announced in September 2022, which is funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.