Belfast consortium to develop zero-emissions ferry

The project aims to develop environmentally friendly, high-speed ferries, able to carry 350 passengers. A Belfast-based consortium has been awarded a £33m government grant to develop a zero-emissions ferry. The group is led by Artemis Technologies which began as a spin-off from an America’s Cup sailing team. The project also involves Bombardier, Belfast Harbour and the local universities. The grant will help fund the project for the next four years. The world’s shipping industries are a significant source of pollution and have been difficult to decarbonise. The Belfast project aims to develop environmentally friendly, high-speed ferries, capable of carrying up to 350 passengers. It is based on a concept known as electric hydrofoil propulsion. Iain Percy from Artemis Technologies said: "For years, we’ve been designing low energy, high performance solutions for some of the fastest yachts on the planet, and we will now utilise that knowledge, and along with our partners, apply it to build the world’s most environmentally friendly high-speed ferries. "When we launched Artemis Technologies, we decided to base ourselves in Belfast because of the incredible aerospace and composite engineering talent available." Iain Percy said Belfast appealed because of its aerospace and composite engineering talent available Bombardier’s […]

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