Current Projects

  • Realisation and Demonstration of Advanced Material Solutions for Sustainable and Efficient Ships (RAMSSES)

 

RAMSSES is a four-year project starting in June 2017 and has a budget of about 13.5 million Euros.

The project aims to foster the application of new materials in maritime and inland waterway applications by:

  • developing, demonstrating and validating 13 specific maritime products to prepare for commercial market uptake immediately after the project.

  • conducting a comprehensive assessment of technical properties, life cycle cost and environmental performance of the demonstrator cases as a basis for approval of the specific solutions, but also with the aim to re-use test results, material data and experiences for future similar applications and make this ‘knowledge base’ accessible to a wider range of maritime end-users

  • setting up a Materials Innovation Platform for information exchange and cooperation which is open to other projects. 

 

The RAMSSES consortium comprises of 36 participants from 12 European countries, dominated by industrial partners. 

RAMSSES first newsletter

RAMSSES presentation

  • Study of the appropriateness and the adequacy of modern materials for offshore fish cage nets – numerical and experimental investigation in realistic loading conditions (MATISSE)

 

MATISSE is a 36 months national project starting in summer 2019 and has a budget of about 200.000€.

The project concerns the adequacy of modern materials for fish cage nets to be used in systems of offshore aquacultures. Those systems provide a variety of advantages and benefits compared to the traditional coastal aquacultures. Nevertheless, the installation and the materialization of such systems is unquestionably a technological challenge given the hostile environment where they should operate and the innovative dimension of the offshore aquaculture clusters. However, the contemporary feeding demands of the international population that undoubtedly shall be intensified in the near future given its radical increase, make the implementation of relevant projects an unavoidable process. In that context, indeed, the future of aquaculture relies offshore in deeper water fields. The present project shall  constitute a valuable contribution toward this task, given that aside from the traditional lab testing for the adequacy of modern materials for fish cage nets, will go a step further proposing the overall investigation of the their appropriateness in realistic conditions. To this end, the research team will design a complete offshore aquaculture system, together with its mooring system, in installation sites that have been already selected. In addition, a unique experimental campaign shall be performed using proper similitude factors of the expected realistic conditions. The main goal of the project is to develop a complete pilot study for the technological guidance of relevant projects of offshore aquacultures which are the future in fish breeding.

The MATISSE consortium comprises of the following participants:

  • Design Of Twin-Hull Electrically Driven Passenger Ferries (ELCAT)

 

ELCAT is a 30 months national project starting in spring 2020 and has a budget of about 1.0 million Euros.

 

The main objective of this proposal is the design of small twin hull passenger vessels (catamarans) based on electrical power for their propulsion in order to respond to environmental pollution issues caused by vessels (CO2 emissions).  There will be two alternative designs: one with purely electric propulsion systems charged by means of a shore connection for short voyages and a hybrid design for longer voyages, which – apart from the shore connection - will carry two diesel generators to re-charge her batteries. In this latter case, the generators operation will be suspended while the vessel is near or in the port area. Solar panels will be installed in both cases. 

Detailed structural and hydrodynamic optimization will be carried out in order to minimize the lightship weight and propulsion power respectively, aiming to reducing the required batteries capacity, weight and cost as well as (in case of the hybrid propulsion) the fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions. 

The know-how which will be developed could be easily applied to other types of small twin-hull vessels, such as harbour workboats (anti-pollution, garbage collection, crew-supply vessels, etc.) or pleasure boats operating at short ranges and environmentally.