Transport: Advanced and Modular

Development and validation of modular design and production methods, with main focus on electrically-powered vessels operating in protected waters with zero emissions (Horizon 2020)

Multi-objective design optimisation of a modular vessel system; Safety & Reliability of Battery-Powered ships

  • Kick-off is in June or September 2018 with a duration of 3 years


About the project

The aim of the TrAM project is to develop a zero emission fast going passenger vessel through advanced modular production. New manufacturing methods will contribute to 25 per cent lower production costs and 70 per cent lower engineering costs. The project is revolutionary both in terms of zero emission technology and manufacturing methods, and will contribute to making electric-powered high-speed vessels competitive in terms of both cost and the environment.

The project will develop a toolkit of methods and software tools to be used by the industry when designing and constructing inshore vessels. By combining advanced modular production principles with ship design and construction methods, the project will allow deeper modular system integration than the currently much used one-dimensional modularity systems. The project will make it possible to reuse a broad set of designs and ship system components across the presently envisaged (and other) application cases, while customising the vessel as necessary for the use case. This allows cost-efficient design and production of one-off designs, of small series, as well as larger series of vessels.

At least one demonstrator vessel will be physically built to operate a multi-stop commuter route into Stavanger, Norway. The demonstrator will be a fully electric fast passenger ferry with zero emission to air and sea. The project will also conduct two studies for the same type of vessel in River Thames, London and on the canals in Belgium to explore opportunities for similar zero emission vessels. This will pave the way for lower priced, environmentally friendly ships also in other routes in Europe.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769303


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