Announced by the UK’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps during the London International Shipping Week, Jebb Smith Ltd has been awarded funding as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC). Funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, the competition supports the development of innovative technology to have zero-emission ships operating commercially by 2025.
Together with partners from Logan Energy Ltd and CENEX, Jebb Smith’s project aims to develop an efficient and safe Hydrogen Offshore Transfer System (HOTS).
George Smith, Director, Jebb Smith Ltd, says, “As we aim to transition to a net-zero economy, hydrogen is emerging as a key fuel of the future, especially for the maritime sector. An efficient and safe Hydrogen Offshore Transfer System will be imperative for all areas of development including hydrogen powered vessels, the creation of green energy generated by offshore wind turbines, and the transporting of hydrogen. By collaborating with such valued partners, we can drive this project to aid the achievement of green energy targets.”
Jebb Smith Ltd (JSL) will lead this project which will define the Hydrogen Offshore Transfer System’s required specifications and complete the product design and marine engineering accordingly. The product will become the Oasis Hydrogen Buoy, an adaption of Oasis Power Buoy – an offshore charging station currently in development.
Simon Edmonds, Deputy Executive Chair and Chief Business Officer for Innovate UK, adds, “As the UK prepares to host COP26 in the maritime city of Glasgow, it is great that we can announce funding for these fantastic projects in the maritime sector that will help the UK meet its net-zero goals. From this competition we saw a very high level of demand, we have seen the very best of British ideas from all over the country. It is clear that not only does the UK have a great maritime history, but also a bright and greener future too.”