HORIZON 2020 - Innovative Marine Eco Propulsion - ITALY

European Union Horizon 2020, ecological propulsion patent Italy

 

 

 

 

Horus is one innovative technology patent about revolutionary electric propulsion system for boats to “zero impact” applicable to all sectors of marine, lake and river and is based on the knowledge that there are few alternatives to the use of fossil fuels for marine propulsion.

 

Title: Innovative marine ecological propulsion system
POD Reference: TOIT20130916002


SUMMARY 

An Italian company operating in the maritime engineering services sector has designed an innovative technology based on a revolutionary electric propulsion system allowing boats to sensibly reduce their environmental impacts. The company is interested in commercial agreements with technical assistance provided with respect to assembly and maintenance of the technology. License agreements and technical cooperation agreements are considered as well. 

 

 


DESCRIPTION 

The proposed technology consists of an electric propulsion system characterized by the renewable energy of next-generation solar panels and high-performance batteries of last generation too.


This system has found its first application of study and development on a 24 mt mono hull designed by expert hands of this Italian company. It results in a considerable de facto autonomy navigation 8/10 hours at a cruising speed of about 10 knots with zero emissions of harmful gases into the atmosphere, zero noise, zero vibration, zero consumption and rechargeable during sailing – hence the patent peculiarity.

The system has been designed to be installed in both new and existing vessels, or semi-displacement hulls to set no size limits, but also as an hybrid system for planning hulls with jet propulsion and for cargo ships. This system (patented) will revolutionize the concept of sailing, offering enormous practical advantages and absolute savings. Best performance can be obtained within 20 – 30 meter overall length boat. 

 

 

 

 

Three different applications have already been developed:

 

1. The first one comes from the desire to build one boat 'Environmental friendly' or 'friend of nature'. The electric propulsion is based on the use of photovoltaic panels as the main source for generating the energy needed. Panels consist of a special plastic material that can also be painted and still can guarantee efficiency more than double compared to other flexible panels, not counting the unbreakable, flexible, lightweight, waterproof and especially the possibility of being recycled, but in fact, eternal, subject to aging only in the natural course of new technologies in this field. All this is supported by a storage facility of electricity consisting of lithium-ion or lithium polymer of last generation that can increase the efficiency of the generation of electricity. 

 

2. The second application, with a load of energy equal to 448 kW total (capacity limit of the batteries), allows travelling 70 miles by sailing to 8 / 10 hours at about 10 knots and with no daily costs. The current cost of energy purchased by industrial network is from 7 to 9 cents/Euro each KW, against the traditional fossil fuel-powered yacht of comparable size, without considering the benefits stemming from ZERO harmful gases into the atmosphere.

3. The third developed application is particularly devoted to access marine reserves with no contamination risk. It has been tested in Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre and Venice Lagoon as well. The test showed an energy saving over 50% fuel costs. In addition, total silence at a moderate speed is guaranteed.

 

 

 


INNOVATION 

The proposed technology is able to save completely fuel on board, with no pollution, for long range distance up to 8/10 hours a day totally free. Best performance can be obtain within 20 – 30 meter overall length boats.

Stage of Development: Available for demonstration


Comments Regarding Stage of Development: 

Technology supported by WWF (Imprese per la Natura - Companies for Nature campaign)

IPR status = Patents granted

National Patent: 0001397554
International Patent PCTIB2010055929


KEYWORDS


Technology Keywords: 002001 Design and Modelling / Prototypes
002009002 Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
002009005 Shipbuilding
002009006 Traction/Propulsion Systems

Market Keywords: 006005006 Co-generation

NACE Keywords: H.50.1.0 Sea and coastal passenger water transport
H.50.2.0 Sea and coastal freight water transport
M.71.1.2 Engineering activities and related technical consultancy
M.74.1.0 Specialised design activities

 

 

PARTNERS SOUGHT

Type of partner sought: companies operating in the field of maritime industry developing and producing electric propulsion system for boats; engineering companies operating in the areas of ship design and steel manufacturing. The Italian company offers technical assistance regarding assembly and maintenance of the technology. On the other hand they can be interested in finding partners able to implement specific technical improvements of the system (i.e. developing typical plant designs). Companies interested in Commercial Agency Agreements with technical assistance, License Agreements and Technical cooperation agreements are sought too.

Type and Size of Partner Sought: SME <10

SME 11-50
SME 51-250

Type of Partnership Considered: Commercial agreement with technical assistance
License agreement
Technical cooperation agreement


Type and Size of Client: Industry SME <= 10

Year Established: 2000
Turnover (euro): <1M

Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation: Yes
Languages Spoken: English & Italian
Client Country: Italy 

 

 

PATENT DETAILS (not available)


 

 

 

Jose Manuel Barroso, European Commission president

 

(DRAFT 18/10/2013)
(European Commission C(2013)XXX of XX December 2013)


MG.4.1-2014. Towards the energy efficient and emission free vessel

 

HORIZON 2020 – WORK PROGRAMME 2014-2015

Smart, green and integrated transport  -  Part 11

4. WATERBORNE


A modern, safe, secure and resource efficient waterborne transport system, encompassing deep sea shipping, coastal shipping around Europe and the use of the internal waterways, is an essential requirement for an economy which aims at succeeding on the global scale and supporting a truly integrated internal market.


Today's challenges for the sustainable development of such a system are defined by the optimal use of energy sources and the minimization of its environmental impacts, in particular with regard to pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions. The waterborne sector is still lagging behind in these respects as compared with other transport modes.


MG.4.1-2014. Towards the energy efficient and emission free vessel


Specific challenge: The challenge is to support developments that make new and existing vessels in maritime transport and inland navigation significantly more efficient and less polluting through solutions addressing four ship sub-systems: engine, pollution abatement systems, propulsion, energy sources and management including the efficient operation of onboard systems.


Waterborne transport still offers an enormous potential for pollution reduction and energy efficiency gains. The reduction of pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions is far removed from the progress made in road transport, particularly in the category of older, small to medium-size vessels which make up a large proportion of intra-European waterborne transport, including inland navigation.


Since vessels have a long life expectancy, developing technologies for clean retrofit and fuel conversion solutions is a key aspect of the challenge.


Scope: In order to meet this challenge, proposals should address one or several of the following aspects:


• Optimisation of conventional ship engines, including fuel flexibility, new materials, lifetime performance and near zero emissions engines.
• Development of low-maintenance, affordable off-the-shelf retrofit solutions for emission reductions of existing engines.
• Development of Liquified Natural Gas/dual fuel powered engines for small and midsize ships, including the specific aspects of retrofitting, fuel supply and storage, safety (on-board and on-shore) and classification, and solutions to address the risks of methane slip.
• Design and demonstration of new and improved propulsion means and vessel configurations that include the entire drive train and the propeller and hull optimisation for vessels, including applied research in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

• Use of new energy sources including renewables, alternative fuels, hybrid and electric solutions with the aim to demonstrate the feasibility of the zero or near-zero emissions vessel.

 

Solutions that are sufficiently close to market take-up so that ship owners will consider these concepts in their future investment plans should be demonstrated. This applies in particular to the existing fleet and retrofitting solutions which must be cost-effective and present a considerable societal return on investment.


Research and innovation efforts should enable pilot applications for new engines, new pollution abatement technologies, new propulsion trains and alternative fuels solutions to enter the market by the end of the research period.


The Commission considers that projects requesting a contribution from the EU between the range of 8 to 17 million euro would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.


Expected impact: It is expected to:


• Achieve efficiency gains and emission reductions that go significantly beyond normal technological progress and the benchmarks of the existing regulatory regimes at lowest costs.
• Achieve fuel efficiency gains of at least 15% for retrofitting per type of solution (engine or propulsion) and at least 30% per type of solution for new concepts.
• Accomplish a 25% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and a reduction of, on average, 80% in air pollution compared with Best Available Technology (BAT).


Experience acquired in this innovative field should be broadly made available to ship owners requiring improvements in the environmental performance of their vessel.

 

European Commission enterprise logo

 

Enterprise Europe network for research and innovation collaboration

 

H2020 Call: Zero or Near Zero Carbon Vessels (Section 4, Waterborne - MG.4.1-2014) 

Seeking shipbuilders to co-develop low drag hull technology

  Ref: RDUK20131220001

A UK company is part of a consortium of UK members seeking a European partner to join a Horizon 2020 funding bid. The aim is to develop a novel low-drag hull. They are seeking industrial partners in the shipbuilding industry to co-develop the innovation to proof of concept and to create a demonstration prototype. They are also seeking potential end users, such as supply ships.

 

European Union member states

 

 

PARTICIPANTS DECEMBER 2013 (Belgian brokerage event)

 

 

Andrew Nash — Andrew Nash

SME

H2020 Expertise: Social Applications for Transport and Mobility

 

AliénorEU — Elise Regairaz

Consultants

H2020 Expertise: Dissemination toward policy makers and end users

 

Bluebird Marine Systems Ltd — Briggette Dusart

SME

H2020 Waterborne: Green - zero emission vessels

H2020: Wind and solar energy harvesting

H2020: Hull efficiency

 

Bohemia EU Planners — Vendula Raymova

SME

No cooperation profiles specified

 

ENCO Engineering & Consulting — Valeria Muggianu

Consultants

No cooperation profiles specified

Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile — Gabriel Simcic

Other

H2020 Expertise: Representing End users

 

Hezelburcht — Mike Blansjaar

Consultants

H2020 Expertise: Experienced consultants

 

SUMY — Hinde Boulbayem

SME

H2020 Project idea: THINK GREEN LOGISTICS

 

TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE NV/SA — Wiebke Matysik

Large Company

No cooperation profiles specified

 

Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) - Hasselt University — Ansar-Ul-Haque Yasar

University

H2020 Expertise: Smart, Green and Integrated Transport

 

H2020 Expertise: Managing integrated multimodal urban transport network

OLTIS Group — Miroslav Haltuf

SME

H2020 Project idea: H2020 supporter

 

BPE International Dr.Hornig GmbH — Wolfgang Hornig

SME

H2020 Project idea: New Solar System for 24 hours and All Weather Conditions

 

Berends-Consult — Helmut Berends

Consultants

No cooperation profiles specified

 

Chemetall GmbH — Ilya Ostrovsky

Large Company

H2020 Expertise: Surface protection of light metals and hybride structures in transportation industry

 

The Committee on Sustainable Energy, Municipality of Ærø — Thomas Estrup

Other

H2020 Project idea: Green ferries

H2020 Project idea: Green ferries

H2020 Expertise: Green ferries

H2020 Expertise: Green ferries

 

IK4-CIDETEC — Germán Cabañero

Research

H2020 Expertise: NEW MATERIALS FOR TRANSPORTATION

H2020 Expertise: Advanced Batteries for GreenVehicles

 

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN — Maite Cobo

Research

H2020 Project idea: Recognising complex environment in the assembly and/or maintenance of airplains.

H2020 Expertise: Urban Mobility Expert

H2020 Expertise: Artificial Intelligence expert

 

Innaxis — Paula Lopez

Research

No cooperation profiles specified

Innaxis — Hector Ureta

Research

No cooperation profiles specified

LEITAT Technological Center — Ahmad Bilal

Research

H2020 Expertise: H2020 TRANSPORT/AERONAUTICS COLLABORATION

 

MUFICATA RTDIB SL (Electric Light Vehicle) — Ferran Cabrer i Vilagut

Research

H2020 Project idea: ELECTRIC LIGHT VEHICLE (ELV)

 

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech - inLab FIB — Rosa-Maria Martin

University

H2020 Expertise: ICT & Transport

 

University of Cantabria — Alberto Dominguez

University

No cooperation profiles specified

iMAUT — Carlos Moliner

Research

H2020 Expertise: iMAUT Technology Network

Arctic Power — Tuomas Alakunnas

University

H2020 Expertise: Electric Vehicle systems

 

Lapland University of Applied Sciences / Arctic Power research unit — Heikki Konttaniemi

 

 

 

University of Oulu — Susanna Pirttikangas

University

H2020 Expertise: Data Refinement for Data Reserves

 

University of Oulu — Jukka Riekki

University

H2020 Expertise: UOulu expertise related to ITS

 

ALMA Consulting Group — Anne-Cécile de Giacomoni

Consultants

H2020 Expertise: Your partner for preparing and managing your European project

 

BAE Systems HybriDrive Solutions — Matthew Lawrence

Large Company

H2020 Expertise: BAE Systems HybriDrive Solutions

De Montfort University — Clare Edwards

University

H2020 Expertise: Computational Intelligence for Transport

H2020 Project idea: Personlised intelligent urban mobility

 

Transport & Travel Research — David Blackledge

Consultants

H2020 Expertise: Sustainable Mobility

 

University of Portsmouth — Dylan Jones

University

H2020 Expertise: Intelligent decision support and algorithms for transport, logistics, and supply chains.

 

Link Technologies S.A. — Nicholas Damianos

SME

No cooperation profiles specified

PARAGON S.A. — Harry Tsahalis

SME

H2020 Expertise: Transport (Aero, Auto, Marine, Rail) - ICT + PPPs (EGVI, SPIRE, FoF, EeB)  - Security - Energy & Environment

H2020 Expertise: TBC

H2020 Project idea: AVIATION #1 - TBC

H2020 Project idea: AVIATION #2 - TBC

 

University of the Aegean - Dept. Shipping Trade an Transport — Nikitas Nikitakos

University

No cooperation profiles specified

RSOE (National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications) — Gergely Mezo

Other

H2020 Expertise: IWT ICT expertise - Danube, Hungary

 

National Maritime College of Ireland — Grainne Lynch

University

No cooperation profiles specified

Waterford Institute of Technology — Steven Davy

University

H2020 Expertise: Telecommunications and Future Networks to support ITS, Urban Mobility

 

Alkè Electric Vehicles — Luca Salvan

SME

No cooperation profiles specified

 

Alkè Electric Vehicles — Lamberto Salvan

SME

H2020 Expertise: New concepts connected to E-mobility & Transport

H2020 Project idea: EV for separate waste disposal with innovative micro-compactor solution

H2020 Project idea: Intermodal system for urban areas using EVs

H2020 Project idea: Off-road EVs for logistics in remote areas

 

Centre for Research on the Economics on the Economics of Institution — Edoardo Marcucci

University

No cooperation profiles specified

 

D'Appolonia s.p.a — Lucas Garvia Martin

Consultants

No cooperation profiles specified

 

Ernst&Young — Iacopo De Angelis

Large Company

H2020 Expertise: Poste Italiane

 

THALES ITALIA spa — Roberto Rossi

Large Company

H2020 Expertise: Collaboration related to some topics

 

Almende B.V. — Alfons Salden

SME

H2020 Expertise: Almende BV Expertise

 

Polytec R&D Institute — Frode Skaar

Research

No cooperation profiles specified

 

Road and Bridge Research Institute — Michal Karkowski

Research

H2020 Expertise: ITS cooperation

 

INOVA+ — Johan Benesch

SME

H2020 Expertise: Dissemination and creation of networks

 

Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra — Pedro Fernandes

Research

H2020 Expertise: Autonomous and Cooperative Electric Vehicles with Communications for Urban Mobility Improvement

 

TIS, consultants transport, innovation and systems — Daniela Carvalho

Consultants

 

 

University of Beira Interior — Antonio J. Marques Cardoso

University

No cooperation profiles specified

 

TeamNet World Professional Services — Mara Diaconu

Large Company

H2020 Expertise: Expertise and competences in Transport, ITS, Energy Efficiency and ICT field

 

General Transport System (GTS) Foundation — Kjell Dahlstrom

Other

H2020 Project idea: Developing a General Transport System (GTS)

 

Malmö University — Carl-Magnus Carlsson

University

No cooperation profiles specified

NetPort Science Park — Mats Jonsson

Research

H2020 Expertise: ITS, Logistics and Data

 

Sustainable Innovation — Nigel Claridge

SME

H2020 Expertise: Urban Freight Logistics

 

GIS Fusion — M. Taner Aktas

SME

H2020 Project idea: ICT for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

 

Milper Pervane Teknolojileri A.Ş. — Hamdi BAL

SME

No cooperation profiles specified

 

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) — Serhat Melik


 

 

CONTACTS

 


 

Mr. Cliff FUNNELL

United Kingdom - FP7 - National Contact Point, Transport NCP

Cliff Funnell Associates

70 Downview Road

PO22 0EE Barnham

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 7813 301007

 

 

Mr. Chris BARKER

United Kingdom - FP7 - National Contact Point, Environment NCP

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Nobel House, 17 Smith Street

SW1P 3JR London

United Kingdom

Tel: +44-20-72381629

Fax: +44-20-72381504

 


Mrs. Catherine HOLT

United Kingdom - FP7 - National Contact Point, Environment NCP

Beta Technology Ltd.

Barclay Court, Doncaster Carr

DN4 5HZ Doncaster

United Kingdom

Tel: +44-1302-322633

Fax: +44-1302-388800

 

 

Ms Jo FROST

United Kingdom - FP7 - National Contact Point, Ideas NCP

UK Research Office (UKRO)

Rue de Trone 4

 1000 Brussels

United Kingdom

Tel: +32-2-2896121

 


Mr Edward RICKETTS

United Kingdom - FP7 - National Contact Point, Ideas NCP

UK Research Office (UKRO)

Rue de Trone 4

 1000  Brussels

United Kingdom

Tel: +32-2-2896121

 

 

 

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