CHEK is a European Union’s Horizon2020 funded project that proposes to reach zero emission shipping by disrupting the way ships are designed and operated today.
Rather than “stacking” novel technologies onto existing vessel designs, the consortium is proposing to develop a unique Future-Proof Vessel (FPV) Design Platform to ensure maximised symbiosis between the novel technologies proposed and taking into consideration the vessels’ real operational profiles, rather than just sea-trial performance. The FPV Platform will also serve as a basis for replicating the CHEK approach towards other vessel types such as tankers, container ships, general
cargo ships and ferries. These jointly cover over 93% of the global shipping tonnage and are responsible for 85% of global GHG emissions from shipping.
In order to achieve real-world impact and the decarbonisation of the global shipping fleet, CHEK will analyse framework conditions influencing long-distance shipping today, including infrastructure availability, legislation and business models and propose solutions to ensure the proposed vessel designs can and will be deployed in reality.
A Foresight Exercise will simulate the deployment of the CHEK innovations on the global shipping fleet with the aim of reaching the IMO’s goal of halving shipping emissions by 2050 and contributing to turning Europe into the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050, as stipulated by the European Green Deal.
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Reduces the resistance of the vessels by reducing the frictional resistance on the flat bottom of the hull
Automated route optimization
Route optimisation in use already today leads to significant fuel savings. With the weather-dependent energy saving technologies developed in project CHEK, the importance of automated route optimization is further amplified.
Battery / Hybrid energy
Battery and hybrid electric energy systems will be integrated with the hydrogen engine, waste heat recovery and wind sails
Significantly reduce ship resistance if integrated with an optimised hull shape. Their ability to be integrated with other systems such as wind propulsion systems is essential.
Hydrogen fuel will be used to provide continuous carbon-free power, electricity and heat on demand
Keeps the hull clean by preventing the formation of biofilm and thereby minimise drag in the long-term
Waste heat recovery
Maximises the conversion of fuel into useful power by converting waste heat from the engine process, which is low-temperature heat into useful electricity
Feasibility evaluation of different technologies for turning various onboard waste streams into a useful energy source