Maritime design and applied technology specialist Artemis and Denmark-based Tuco Marine Group have established a joint venture (JV) to develop zero-emissions workboat.
According to the agreement, Artemis will install its new electric eFoiler propulsion system on board an 11m carbon-fibre ship.
Equipped with Artemis’ propulsion system, the ship will be used as a demonstrator vessel and proof of concept for the state-of-the-art technology.
Artemis Technologies CEO Iain Percy OBE said that the JV will launch the new foiling solution to the workboat market. It will enable ships to meet the zero-emissions target and reduce fuel consumption by up to 90%.
Percy said: “Last year when we announced our plans to create a new advanced manufacturing facility in Belfast, we laid out our commitment to developing technology that will decarbonise maritime and plans for the development of an autonomous sailing vessel.”
“This electric foiling technology is the next natural stage of this project and a step in the right direction to realising our vision.”
Percy added that the new solution is an ideal fit for high-speed ships with optimal environmental impact.
Primarily, the solution will be offered to the offshore energy, water taxi, aquaculture, leisure and defence sectors.
Integrating the electric eFoiler propulsion system into a composite autonomously controlled hydrofoil presents a scalable solution that can be applied to much larger vessels such as high-speed passenger ferries.
After the required investment in the project, the hydrofoils and propulsion system for the proof of concept ship will be produced and assembled in Belfast Harbour.