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Funding summary: Marine Platform Efficiency and Sustainability

More info on this competition: http://www.science.mod.uk/events/event_detail.aspx?eventid=156

Download the full brief: http://www.science.mod.uk/getfileui.aspx?659

Who is funding this? Centre for Defence Enterprise, SBRI

What is the challenge?

This CDE call seeks to address the need of UK Maritime capability for affordable technology that can significantly reduce input demands (e.g. fuel), increase efficiency and reduce waste. The call is not limited to new or emerging technology and proposals using innovative, but existing, technology will be welcomed.  


Heat Management

  • Challenge 1 – Recover (and re-use) waste heat and convert it into useful electrical energy.
  • Challenge 2 – Cool (and treat) waste heat that is generated (but not re-used) to deliver air treatment energy efficiency or thermal management systems. 

Platform Propulsion  

  • Challenge 3 – Most of the maritime capability for the next 20 years is already built or in the final stages of design and cannot affordably undertake major redesign – improvements are constrained by the existing form and fit. Increase the efficiency (even a few percent) of propulsion systems without major changes e.g. propeller bosses, propeller intake flow modifications, twisted rudders.
  • Challenge 4 – High power efficient diesel outdrive systems for lightweight RIBs or rigid hull interceptors (11 m to 12 m with twin engine installations) capable of putting power into water in excess of 450 kW or torques above 1200 n/m. High top speed, acceleration and manoeuvrability is required in disturbed conditions alongside target ships as well as open water. Current commercial solutions of waterjets or surface piercing drives are not acceptable due to poor performance in disturbed wakes of the target craft. 

Novel Platform Efficiency & Sustainability 

Challenges 5 and 6 are open calls for novel solutions not covered by the other challenges.

  • Challenge 5 – Novel solutions to increase the efficiency of maritime platforms
  • Challenge 6 – Novel solutions to maximise system efficiency through life 

Key dates

26 Jan 2012 Competition opened

09 Feb 2012 Dedicated CDE Maritime one-time surgery, Harwell (more info on CDE Portal)

21 Feb 2012 Competition closes

To apply, you will need to register on the CDE portal.

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