The growing global desire to cut CO2 emissions from all modes of transport has finally begun to drive significant change within the maritime industry. Under a new international agreement issued by the International Maritime Organisation, the global maritime sector has committed to cutting emissions by at least half, by 2050, however a number of countries have more ambitious targets. For example, the UK has committed to being carbon neutral by 2050; its Clean Maritime Plan, building on its Maritime 2050 strategy, aims to reduce pollution to improve public health and protect the environment, calling for all new maritime vessels to be designed with zero-emissions capable technologies, from 2025 onwards.
Artemis Technologies has developed a new approach to maritime design, more in line with aerospace and motorsport, using bespoke simulation and performance prediction tools to develop digital twins in the design process, and utilise new lightweight structures and modern manufacturing techniques. Artemis Technologies is taking this approach to the commercial maritime world, and is on a mission to take a global lead in the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.
The company name, ‘Artemis’, comes from the ancient Greek goddess, she is a protector of nature. Artemis Technologies will deliver its vision by utilising it’s innovative intellectual property in hydrofoiling and wingsail technology, developed over the last decade of America’s Cup racing by its sister company, Artemis Racing.
eFoiler Propulsion System
A hydrofoil is a wing-like appendage under the hull of a vessel. As the vessel increases its speed the hydrofoils lift the hull up and out of the water, greatly reducing wetted area, resulting in an order of magnitude reduction in drag. Over the last two years Artemis Technologies has been developing a commercial application for this technology, named the eFoiler Propulsion System (eFoiler).
The eFoiler is based on the integration of an ultra high density electric Motor Generator Unit into an autonomously controlled carbon fibre hydrofoil. With minimal increase in wetted surface area and drag, it provides the first viable solution for the early adoption of high-speed zero-emissions maritime transport.
This truly transformative and complex technology will reduce the drag of a conventional fast ferry or traditional passive 'V' hydrofoil, by up to 90%, uniquely making electric propulsion, with high-speed and range, commercially viable.
The eFoiler Propulsion System is available as a stand-alone product for both new vessels and retrofitting of current fleets.
Strength in Places
Artemis Technologies is leading a Belfast based Innovate UK Strength in Places bid, to fast track the proof of concept prototyping of the world's first autonomously controlled 'fully submerged' hydrofoiling electric fast ferry, and develop the technical & operational requirements for a maritime Transport System of the future.
This project will reinvigorate a strategically important maritime cluster in Belfast, through the research & development of transformative technologies that have the potential to change maritime transportation forever. Belfast will become a global lead in zero-emissions maritime technology, just as the world is waking up to the need for urgent action to decarbonise the sector.
The Belfast Maritime Consortium includes Ards & North Down Borough Council, Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour, Belfast Metropolitan College, Short Bros Plc (Bombardier), Catalyst, Creative Composites, Energia, NIACE, Queen's University Belfast, and Ulster University; and has a collective pedigree of successfully delivering high value, complex, new product development projects.
As a result, Belfast will possess a world class maritime design and build capability with a proven track record of converting innovative concepts to validated solutions, with a supply chain primed to support future commercialisation, leading to significant regional economic growth.
The project will not only create new commercial opportunities, but also help tackle major environmental challenges inline with wider government policy, which calls for all new vessels to be designed with zero-emissions capable technologies by 2025, as well as lay the foundations for future product development pathways by Consortium members, spin outs, and foreign direct investment in the region.
Wind Electric Hybrid
As a progression from the hydrofoiling electric vessels, Artemis Technologies is also developing a 45-metre autonomous sailing vessel (ASV). The ASV will be the world’s first hydro-foiling and self-regenerating commercial vessel, capable of operating without the consumption of any fossil fuels.
The 45-metre catamaran, based on the Artemis Racing America’s Cup boat design, will travel at a top speed of 50 knots and can enjoy speeds of up to 30 knots even when there is zero wind due to innovative energy recovery systems developed in Formula 1.
The ASV will have wide ranging applications across environmental monitoring, maritime search and rescue, humanitarian relief, security and surveillance, and seabed mapping.