The main research task of ZeroMaritime is to enable, develop, and demonstrate zero and low emission system solutions for the maritime industry. On the 26th of May The Norwegian Research Council gives a YES or NO to the establishment of this national research centre.

03.03.2016 by Gunn Janne Myrseth


Photo cop. NCE Maritime Cleantech

13 different ideas has been delivered to the Research Council of Norway. The purpose of ZeroMaritime is to bridge critical gaps by research on and development of innovative solutions, facilitating and accelerating steps towards a low-carbon world utilising renewable energy in maritime shipping. The vision is to create a world-leading R&D centre for low/zero emission maritime technology and operations.

The R&D consortium established to realize ZeroMaritime is headed by Christian Michelsen Research (CMR) in co-operation with MARINTEK and has further united major Norwegian maritime and energy system focused universities/colleges (NTNU, UiB, NHH, UiS, HiB) and institutes (SINTEF, FFI, Polytec), which jointly have an established and wide-spread track record in maritime R&D and innovations. University of Strathclyde is an international partner hosting two of our PhD candidates.

The aim of ZeroMaritime is to enable, develop and demonstrate zero/low emission system solutions for maritime shipping industry by integrating, in a safe and cost-efficient way, different environmental friendly key technologies and fuels for selected ship types and trades, to meet future legislation imposed by climate control targets and society, as well as to exploit business opportunities in the new, green economy. ZeroMaritime will build upon the excellent R&D capacities existing in Norwegian/Nordic shipping combining technology developments, safety focus, environmental and economic cost assessments and socio-economic analyses.

The initiative to build the centre came from the industry and 36 industry and user partners will be involved covering the complete maritime value chain. Associated partners are NCE Maritime Cleantech, GCE Subsea, NCE Seafood Innovation and Maritime Forum Bergen, which together forms a complete “blue super cluster” for the ocean space. Cooperation with the maritime R&D centres SFI Smart Maritime, SFI Exposed Aquaculture and SFF AMOS has started at a general level. On this background, ZeroMaritime aims to achieve technology transfer between clusters and cross-cluster business developments for low/zero emission ocean related activities. Bergen Technology Transfer (BTO) is utilised as a sparring partner for centre management for commercialisation of patents, innovations, etc.

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