UK aids Bramble Energy’s maritime decarbonization using hydrogen


United Kingdom – More than 50,000 tons of CO2 could be saved a year by replacing diesel engines in boats with Bramble Energy’s fuel cell technology, which has received nearly $1 million in government funding from BEIS.

In order to speed up the adoption of hydrogen in waterways, a fully compliant demonstrator vessel is needed. Bramble Energy and its partners plan to use the money to form a strong commercial consortium based in the UK to develop a low-cost fuel cell system for widespread maritime decarbonization. As part of the ‘BRAMBUS’ feasibility project, Bramble Energy has teamed up with one of the UK’s leading marine engine suppliers, Barrus. To meet the needs of the marine market, Barrus will provide the necessary technical, commercial, and legislative support.

Maritime applications

As the first of its kind in the maritime industry, the “BRAMBUS” project will support Bramble Energy’s long-term goal to develop PCBFC systems for other maritime applications.

Globally, the UK is known for its ship-building industry and for exporting ships to all corners of the globe. About 2.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the maritime sector, which contributes 940 million tonnes of CO2 annually (GHG). According to the Clean Maritime Plan, new vessels must be emission-free by 2025.