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Clean maritime demonstration competition: strand 2

Automotive & Transport
Project Size:
£25,000 - £1 million


The Department for Transport will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £20m for innovative clean maritime and smart shipping projects.


The aim of this competition is to support the design and development of technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the UK’s maritime sector as set out in the Clean Maritime Plan and support the transition to Net Zero by 2050.


Seeking solutions for all sizes and categories of maritime vessels. Solutions can be suitable for one target size or multiple sizes of vessels. All ports and harbours are in scope, including infrastructure for both freight and leisure.


Encourage projects from around the UK to support boosting jobs and economic growth, including:

  • ports
  • vessel operators
  • vessel manufacturers
  • their relevant supply chain



Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £4,000,000,
  • end by 31 March 2022
  • last up to 7 months


Projects can start from 1 September 2021.


To lead a project or work alone your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size, a research organisation or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


Strand 2 focuses on industrial research and experimental development projects.


Your project must design, develop and test novel clean maritime or smart shipping technologies that reduce greenhouse emissions:

  • from vessels
  • from shore-side infrastructure at ports and harbours


You can include autonomous vessels as identified in the Technology and Innovation in UK Maritime Route Map and wind power, where these deliver energy efficiency savings and enable a vessel to be zero emission capable.


Your consortia can include all the necessary partners to achieve the aims of the competition, these can include a representative end user such as a:

  • vessel manufacturer
  • operator
  • port or harbour authority


Clean maritime and smart shipping technologies for all sizes and categories of maritime vessel are in scope. Solutions can be suitable for one target size of vessel or multiple. Leisure and commercial vessels are in scope.


Your project can focus on one or more of the following themes:

  • On-vessel low and zero emission technologies – for example vessel propulsion, on-vessel power generation, low carbon energy storage/management, physical connections to shore-side power, enabling technologies such as motors, drives and power electronics
  • Port and shore-side solutions – for example shore-side low and zero carbon fuelling, charging infrastructure, renewable energy generation, low carbon fuel production
  • Smart shipping technologies – for example autonomy, digitisation and better journey efficiencies directly and indirectly delivering quantifiable energy efficiency savings, other smart shipping technologies, including the control of the emission reduction systems including but not limited to wind propulsion.


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