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Belfast Lough based Artemis Technologies has moved to the next phase in the development of its Artemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion system, announcing plans to launch a technology demonstrator in 2021.

Announced by Artemis Technologies COO, Prof. Mark Gillan, during a presentation to the Workboat Association’s Technical Workgroup yesterday, the first vessel equipped with the transformative Artemis eFoilerTM, will be a multipurpose 11m workboat platform, provided by Tuco Marine Group. The workboat will have a cruising speed of 25 kts, a top speed of over 30 kts, and an impressive range of 60 NM at cruising speed.

The core technologies behind the Artemis eFoilerTM include hydrofoils, flight control system, and an electric drivetrain. All elements have been developed and tested in relevant environments. Through combining these core components, this ground-breaking innovation for commercial vessels, that is radically different from existing products under development, will enable a transition to high-speed zero-emission maritime transport.

Prof. Mark Gillan said: “The Artemis eFoilerTM is a truly transformative innovation that will help commercial operators across the world dramatically reduce their carbon emissions. The electric propulsion system provides significant range at high-speed, whilst also reducing operational costs through substantial fuel savings.

“Up to this point, we have carried out extensive design and engineering work on the foils, drivetrain, and control system. Moving into 2021, we are very excited to commence the manufacturing and testing phase and look forward to beginning sea trials later this year.

“The demonstrator will not only prove the concept, but provide an immediate zero-emission propulsion solution for the workboat market.”

Highly scalable, the technology provides a number of additional operational benefits, and will suit a wide variety of vessels and applications including those used in the offshore wind sector, and for passenger transportation.

Prof. Mark Gillan added “The Artemis eFoilerTM enables vessels to fly over the water, providing an exceptionally comfortable ride, without causing any wake or wash.

“This means minimal disruption to the water surface and surrounding area, thereby protecting shorelines and wildlife, while also allowing vessels to travel at high-speed for longer.”

The Artemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion system is a key component of a new class of zero-emission, high-speed ferries being developed by Artemis Technologies in Northern Ireland, as the lead partner in the Belfast Maritime Consortium’s £60 million UKRI Strength in Places Fund programme.

Artemis Technologies has won the prestigious Maritime 2050 accolade at this year’s Maritime UK Awards.

The award, sponsored by the Department of Transport, recognises the firm’s efforts to capitalise on the opportunities presented within the Government’s Maritime 2050 Strategy.

Founded in 2017, Artemis Technologies, led by double Olympic sailing gold medallist Dr Iain Percy OBE has a mission to lead the decarbonisation of the maritime sector through innovative and sustainable technologies and products.

It is the lead partner in the Belfast Lough Maritime Consortium which aims to design and build zero-emission high-speed ferries in the city by creating a unique electric hydrofoiling propulsion system that will revolutionise the industry.

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David Tyler, Commercial Director, who accepted the award commented: “We are extremely proud to have received the Maritime 2050 Award as we continue to work towards developing our transformative electric hydrofoiling propulsion system, the Artemis eFoilerTM that will power green vessels of the future.

“With a recent report from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) indicating that approximately 30% of ship emissions come from domestic voyages – twice as high as previously estimated, it is clear the type of vessels we will develop will play a major part in cutting the release of CO2.

“We are proud that our efforts have been recognised and we appreciate the support and confidence invested in us so far.

“Huge congratulations go out to all of this year’s category finalists and winners.”

The vessels to be developed in Belfast, capable of carrying up to 350 passengers, will require 90 per cent less energy than traditional ferries and produce zero emissions during operation.

It is estimated the project will prevent 77 million cubic metres of CO2 emissions by 2026, helping the UK reach a number of its net zero objectives and realise ambitions set out in the Maritime 2050 Strategy’s Clean Maritime Plan.

Artemis Technologies’ Belfast-based bid for a carbon-free yacht-building project is in line for major seed funding, according to Sail World.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the company spun off from America’s Cup team Artemis Racing and led by double Olympic gold medalist Iain Percy announced plans last October to bring shipbuilding back to Belfast Harbour.

The company is developing an Autonomous Sailing Vessel or ASV, a 45-metre catamaran with a top speed of 50 knots, powered by renewables which will offer it unlimited range.

Percy said last year: ““We aim to lead in the decarbonisation of the maritime industry by building on our America’s Cup heritage and expertise in hydrofoils, wing sails and control systems to develop and manufacture green-powered commercial vessels, helping to ensure a sustainable maritime future.”

Artemis Technologies has now secured early-stage funding to pursue a full bid for UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund.

Successful projects will receive anywhere from £10 million (€11.65 million) to £50 million (€58.3 million) to see their concepts through to fruition.

Percy described the new funding as “a major endorsement of our plans to make Belfast the advanced maritime manufacturing capital of the world.

“The city is already home to some of the most advanced aerospace and composite engineering talent available anywhere on the planet and we want to harness that potential by combining it with Belfast's rich maritime history and our own expertise in high-speed yacht design.”

Sail World has more on the story HERE.

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