Green Maritime Methanol

Delft, The Netherlands, 20-02-2019.

A consortium of leading international maritime companies, supported by Maritime Knowledge Centre and initiated on the TNO & TUD DOTC ambition, have joined forces to further investigate the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable alternative transport fuel in the maritime sector.



Fuel Cells FCMAR

In the second quarter of 2020, the TUD, TNO & MKC start a reseach project on the application of fuel cells.

The aim of the project is to provide insight into the (safety) technical and economic feasibility of various fuel cell configurations on board in combination with potentially applicable fuels.

For various types of fuel cells and associated fuels (possibly with reformers), it is being investigated which system configurations can be applied on board, in which TRL level, emissions and (fuel) availability are central. For the time being, consideration is given to service vessels in ports, tour boats, smaller work ships, pilot vessels, survey vessels, smaller inland vessels, etc. Final choices are made in consultation with industrial partners. In intended follow-up projects, consortia of maritime companies and organizations will test ships that use optimal system configurations of (renewable) fuels and associated fuel cells. This results in (demonstration) applications on board existing and / or newly built vessels. 

Zero emission shipping: Sound

NWO AQUA – Water Quality in Maritime Hydrodynamics

Better understanding of calling in maritime technology. 2018.

Program leader: Prof. dr. Dr D. Lohse (University of Twente) Participants: AkzoNobel, Damen Shipyards Group, IHC A.P.Møller- Maersk, Royal Netherlands Navy, MARIN, Maritime Knowledge Center, NIOZ, STX-France, Delft University of Technology, TNO, University of Twente, Wärtsilä

Air bubbles in water dampen underwater noise and reduce friction under a ship, requiring less fuel. Although the behavior of air bubbles in fresh water is fairly well known, bubbles behave very differently in salty sea water. In this program, the researchers compare air bubbles in different types of water, ranging from fresh water to natural sea water, to understand how you can use them to control friction, sound propagation, and cavitation. The ultimate goal is to be able to predict how the “composition” of water affects the air bubbles. DOTC is supporting this collaboration in the ambition to develop a “sister” joint industry project on the topic of pile driving underwater sound mitigation.