Zero-Emission Ferries Under Development in US$75m Partnership


An electric hydrofoil propulsion system may reduce drag by up to 90%, meaning less energy is needed to operate, and zero emission operations become viable. This technology is being joined by a 45-metre autonomous sailing vessel (ASV), capable of operating without fossil fuels, at a top speed of 50 knots, claiming to cruise at up to 30 knots without wind due to energy recovery systems developed in Formula 1 racing.


The members of the syndicate/consortium for the zero emission ferries are: Belfast Harbour, Bombardier Belfast, Northern Ireland Advanced Composites Engineering (NIACE), Creative Composites, Energia, Catalyst, Invest Northern Ireland, Ulster University, Belfast Met, Queen’s University, Belfast, Ards and North Down Borough Council, and Belfast City Council.