Germany to fund research towards zero-emission ships

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 14 December 2018


A new funding programme worth €45m for research into low emission ships has been announced by the German government.

Speaking at the state meeting of the Maritime Research Program in Berlin this week, Federal Government Coordinator for the Maritime Economy, Norbert Brackmann, announced that the funds will be made available over the next four years. Under the title “Maritime.Green propulsion”, projects are increasingly being promoted that make a significant contribution to the maritime energy transition.

Brackmann, said “Our maritime economy is very efficient. As the Federal Government's Maritime Coordinator, my job is to set the sails and to constantly improve the framework for the maritime industry. We now have the opportunity to advance additional research projects and to position Germany as a maritime research location internationally. The additional funding will provide the industry with a tailwind”.

The digitisation and "smart systems" on board are transforming the maritime industry and posing new challenges for maritime security. Sustainable solutions are urgently needed on land and on board. The sustainable use of marine resources is also becoming increasingly important. More projects are to be funded from 2019, which make significant contributions to the maritime energy transition. The long-term goal is the zero-emission ship. In the first step, emissions-neutral so-called e-fuels, which are derived from the conversion of electrical energy from renewable energies into synthetic fuels (so-called power-to-fuel processes) are needed .

Brackmann: closed by saying “There is a genuine spirit of optimism among maritime engine builders. The industry wants clean technologies for clean ships. This requires effective promotion instruments to accelerate technological developments, planning security for companies and an overall sector-wide strategy. We have provided sufficient funding".

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