The technology group Wärtsilä, as part of a consortium led by the University of Vaasa in Finland, will play a major role in an important project aimed at reducing the environmental impact of shipping. Project CHEK–deCarbonising sHipping by Enabling Key technology symbiosis on real vessel concept designs–has been granted €10 million by the EU as part of its Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.
The other project partners are: BAR Technologies, Cargill Ocean Transportation, Climeon, Deltamarin, Hasytec Electronics, Lloyd’s Register, MSC Cruises, Silverstream Technologies, and World Maritime University.
The goal of the CHEK project is to reduce emissions from shipping through the integrated use of low-carbon energy forms and technologies. These include the use of hydrogen fuel, wind power, electric batteries, heat recovery, air lubrication, and new anti-fouling technology. Technologies will be demonstrated on operational ships.
The project will design two concept vessels: a bulk carrier, which will utilize sails to capture wind energy, and a cruise ship that will operate with a Wärtsilä engine running on hydrogen fuel.
It is estimated that by combining new and innovative technologies, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by 99%, energy savings of up to 50% can be achieved, and black carbon emissions can be cut by more than 95%.