Jun 14, 2022 | Marine propulsion & machinery news

Demonstrating its commitment to meeting the challenges of reducing worldwide CO2 emissions, UK engine company Cox Marine will provide insight into the development of useable hydrogen-based marine propulsion systems at this year’s Seawork International.

James Eatwell, Head of R&D, Cox Marine, will take part in a line-up of expert speakers in a session entitled ‘Hydrogen and Clean Growth Opportunities’.

Cox Marine is partnering with SHAPE UK (Shipping, Hydrogen & Port Ecosystems UK), a consortium looking to transition Portsmouth International Port into the UK’s first zero-emissions maritime hub. As part of this project, Cox is working with the University of Brighton to convert one of the company’s CXO300 diesel outboard engines to operate as a dual fuel hydrogen engine and to demonstrate the engine operating in the port environment. The conversion and demonstration form part of the wider SHAPE UK project which aims to demonstrate an achievable modular green hydrogen generation system within Portsmouth International Port (PIP).

Eatwell will reveal technical aspects of the vessel and engine refit and some of the challenges which Cox have had to overcome. He will outline the aims and objectives of the hydrogen-diesel outboard work package; the implementation of the hydrogen system in practice, as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition; the barriers, infrastructure and regulatory considerations that will enable port managers to install a ‘Green Hydrogen’ generation and storage system within the port; the future opportunities for zero emission workboat engines and a zero emission port.

Eatwell said: “Hydrogen represents a highly promising option for the reduction of marine CO2 emissions, so I am excited to join the Seawork session to discuss the SHAPE UK project. The maritime sector as a whole and Cox in particular, recognise the need to make a positive contribution to the significant challenges of reducing worldwide CO2 emissions.”

Also at this year’s Seawork International, Cox Marine will be highlighting the high-performance CXO300 diesel outboard with UK & Ireland distributor Berthon.

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