Grant for Marine Electric Project

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Grant will enable oil field service vessels to recharge from offshore wind farms

Power company receives grant for offshore marine charging system for electric boats.

MJR Power and Automation has been awarded government funding for developing an offshore charging system to connect and charge Service Operation Vessels (SOVs).

The Service Operational Vessel Offshore Charging System project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 2 (CMDC2) which was launched in May 2022, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. As part of the CMDC2, the Department allocated over £14m to 31 projects supported by 121 organisations from across the UK to deliver feasibility studies and collaborative R&D projects in clean maritime systems.

The MJR slice of funding will enable the Teesside based company to fast track the development and prototyping of its offshore charging technology which will now allow SOVs and Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) to connect in the field to a 100% green energy source generated directly by the offshore wind turbines for the efficient, safe and reliable transfer of power.

In March, the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emission announced the biggest government investment ever in the UK commercial maritime sector, allocating £206m to focus on decarbonising the maritime sector.

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