AMERICA’S CUP TEAM LEADS ECO FERRY PROJECT
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSAMERICA’S CUP TEAM LEADS ECO FERRY PROJECT
26 Jun 2020
The project, which will total £60m in investment and create more than 1,000 jobs in the coming decade, will see the 13 partner syndicate build environmentally friendly ferries powered by electric hydrofoil and capable of carrying up to 350 passengers.
Artemis Technologies is led by double Olympic gold medallist Ian Percy OBE. He explained more about the project. “Belfast’s local expertise coupled with the city’s rich shipbuilding heritage and our own America’s Cup yacht design experience will ensure Belfast is the global lead in zero emissions maritime technology,” he said.
“Our concept for an electric hydrofoil propulsion system is totally unique and will enable vessels of the future to operate with up to 90% less energy and produce zero emissions during operation.”
The consortium is the only Northern Irish or maritime recipient of the UK Research and Innovation Strength in Places Fund and brings together a range of companies, academia and public bodies including Belfast Harbour, Bombardier Belfast, Northern Ireland Advanced Composites Engineering, Creative Composites, Energia, Catalyst, Invest Northern Ireland, Ulster University, Belfast Met, Queen’s University in Belfast, Ards and North Down Borough Council and Belfast City Council.