Case Study - Renewable Energy in the Shipping Industry

Sector: Renewable Energy

Newcastle University is helping reduce the carbon footprint of the shipping industry through a joint project with private sector partners and industry groups. The INOMANS²HIP study involves experts from Newcastle University, Narec (UK), Converteam (France) and Wartsila (Finland).

The study is looking at a holistic approach for the integration of on-board wind turbines and solar cells, together with waste heat recovery systems, waste gas recycling and novel battery technology. The aim is to develop advanced energy management systems for high-efficiency/low-emission cargo shipping of the future. It is funded through the European Commission’s Framework 7 Programme.


Professor Tony Roskilly, who leads the study, says, “At present there are no energy management systems mixing conventional and renewable energy sources on cargo vessels. The development and deployment of such a system would be a breakthrough for increasing energy efficiency.”

The study extends Newcastle University’s collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec), which is also located in North East England, in the development of solar cells and wind generation for use on cargo ships. Previous collaborations with Narec have included a device to use the rolling motion of the sea to drive a shaft in order to generate useable energy.

Narec’s Energy & Environment Manager, Mark Pearson, says, “The marine renewable industry has been identified as a diversification opportunity for North East offshore engineering companies and a focus for leading marine engineering research at Newcastle University.”


Newcastle University's involvement in the INOMANS²HIP study enhances the University’s reputation as a world leader in sustainability research, with a focus on finding solutions to global problems.

Professor Roskilly comments that, whilst the North East is less active in traditional ship building, “we have a recognised international expertise in shipping-related technology”.

Further information:

  • Professor Tony Roskilly
    Sir Joseph Swan Institute for Energy Research
    Devonshire Building
    Newcastle University
    NE1 7RU

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