Current Projects

  • Safe and efficient storage of ammonia within ships – NH3CRAFT

June 2022-May 2025


NH3CRAFT aims at fully designing, engineering, developing and demonstrating a next generation sustainable, commercially attractive and safe technology for high-quantity on-board storage of NH3 as marine fuel. Two innovative modular and scalable steel and composite storage tank configurations for 1,000 m3 liquid NH3 at 10 bar and the corresponding auxiliary systems will be installed on a 31,000 Deadweight Tonnage (DWT) multi-purpose vessel. Additionally, five different types of vessels and corresponding fuel-storage tank concept adaptations will be studied and documented: a bulk carrier, a tanker and a container ocean going vessels, a typical RoPax ferry, and a small Inland Waterways Transportation passenger vessel. An innovative digital platform will integrate all core simulations and models through digital interfaces and will develop an engineering system matrix and specifications for the fuel storage, supply, and piping, monitoring and venting subsystems. Safety and risk assessment for all vessels will lead to the development of safety guidelines and classification rules. NH3CRAFT will showcase the entire NH3 supply chain in order to increase confidence in its use and promote its uptake. LCA and techno-economic evaluation will prove the sustainability and will support further exploitation and commercialization of the innovative solutions.


  • RINA




  • EKME






  • Operator-Centered Enhancement of Awareness in Navigation – OCEAN

October 2022-September 2025


The OCEAN project approach is to contribute to the mitigation of navigational accidents by supporting the navigators to do an even better job than they do presently. Such support does not only relate to an ‘on-the-spot’ enhancement of navigational awareness – including the presence of marine mammals and floating containers – or an improved performance of evasive manoeuvring and other mitigating actions. The project will go both deeper and wider, to identify and suggest amendments or improvements in the most pertinent factors that may contribute to events becoming accidents: training, technical, human or organisational factors, operational constraints, processes and procedures, commercial pressures or structural issues like shortcomings in rules and regulations. From an implementation perspective, the OCEAN project will develop new design methods and operational processes, as well as integrating existing technologies to provide novel and improved functionalities. A key convergence point is the overall navigation situation assessment made by the operator, and the project aims at providing an integrated and designed-for-the-purpose presentation of near-field threats and navigational hinderances. The project outputs will include an Evasive Manoeuvring Agent, intended to work in tandem with existing ship systems, continuously assessing navigational safety with respect to grounding or collision with other ships, fixed structures or other threats, and the visualization of advanced manoeuvring prediction. OCEAN will suggest the creation of a European Navigational Hazard infrastructure to collect, process and distribute data relating to the presence of marine mammals and floating containers. Further innovations comprise input to upcoming and revised international standards for maritime communications and practical methods to design maritime instruments and devices, all of which will be demonstrated in consolidated scenarios.











  • Irish Ferries Limited

  • Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

  • 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.

  • Development of multifunctional fiber reinforced composites with nano-modified matrix phase towards wind turbine applications (AIOLOS)

AIOLOS is an innovative 30 month project starting in October 2021 and aiming at the development of a new class of hybrid nanocomposite materials with enhanced mechanical strength, durability and SHM during operation capabilities. These hybrid composites will be composed of glass fiber reinforced epoxy matrix further reinforced with carbon based nanostructures and will be manufactured using an innovative lamination sequence by a combination of multiple manufacturing methods. The proposed materials and manufacturing methods of AIOLOS aim at wind turbine applications, wings and components of wind turbines for terrestrial or marine areas, and will constitute alternative solutions with increased reliability and enhanced strength compared to the existing conventional composite materials.

The AIOLOS consortium comprises of the following participants:

  • Hybrid thermal spray coatings with self-lubricant properties for wear protection of Internal Combustion Engine piston rings (HYSELFDROPS)


HYSELFDROPS is a 36 months national project starting in summer 2020 and has a budget of about 600.000€.

The proposal HYSELFDROPS is targeting to the development of innovative techniques towards the deposition of hybrid self-lubricating coatings using thermal spray techniques. The proposed innovation lies in the combined self lubricating & anti-wear thermally sprayed coatings that will be developed. This will be realized with the presence within the coating mass of solid (nanomaterials) and/or liquid lubricants (oils microencapsulated in polymers). The proposed hybrid coatings are expected to contribute to significant energy loss reduction of diesel engines due to wear and abrasion for marine applications which contributes in the fuel consumption reduction as well as in the operating and maintenance costs. These coatings present the additional advantage of avoiding toxic chemical substances release to the environment unlike liquid lubricants. Scale up activities in terms of feedstock materials production as well as thermally sprayed real parts (piston rings) for field testing will be performed. The coated piston rings will be implemented in a three cylinder Yanmar 3YM30 diesel engine producing 21.3 kW maximum power at 3200 rpm for marine applications.

The HYSELFDROPS consortium comprises of the following participants: