Innovativing to advance clean energy technologies for marine

Cutting-edge Research

Advancing hydrogen storage, fuel-cell, and solar technology for marine

MSc Energy Challenge Studies: Sustainability and Performance

Imperial College and the Energy Futures Lab – clean energy system development

The Energy Challenge draws on the knowledge of specialists at the university in hydrogen fuel cells, energy storage and solar technologies. In partnership with Imperial College and the Energy Futures Lab, to date, two MSc studies have been carried out on the Clean-H2 energy system technology, feasibility and control.

The collaboration has been able to identify a clear competitive advantage of the system concept in terms of weight and reliability over the conventional fossil fuelled systems currently used.

Study one: feasibility study of the Clean-H2 energy system

The feasibility study included a full research of the latest in renewable energy capture and storage, and the application of battery, fuel cell and clean-hydrogen technology in order to replace current diesel technology. The study also simulated the solar absorption for a round-the-world race, and the optimal placement for panels in order to satisfy the on board power demands.

Study two: control study of the Clean-H2 energy system

The second Sustainable Energy Futures MSc study focused on the control system behind an autonomous and self-sufficient clean-hydrogen system. Research into the latest hybrid-electric control algorithms was carried out, and an appropriate method applied in order to ensure smooth operation of the modules whist maximising the energy efficiency. Power simulation was then taken place in Simulink in order to optimise and validate the response of principal drive cycles required by a typical sailing yacht.

Southampton University – performance development

Additionally, as part of a performance development project, MSc studies took place at Southampton University on the efficiency of hydrofoils in waves under dynamic loading conditions. This project enabled a better understanding on the surface effects on foil efficiency, with respect to different sea states.


Encourage young innovators and engineers with STEM

Clean energy STEM workshops

Opportunities for young learners to experience the rewards of STEM by applying design, manufacturing, and testing technology through hands-on problem solving, creativity, and optimisation
See more…


High impact talks on success and personal development

Inspirational Talks

Motivational and awareness talks on preparation, teamwork, achieving success, and personal growth through adventure, challenge and pushing boundaries
See more…


Applied learning on core challenges of offshore racing

4-Challenge Boat Visits

Competition based applied teamwork on race navigation, sail hoisting, sail maneuvering, and high energy diet cuisine
See more…