- Environmental engineering firm secures £1.35m from Scottish Enterprise and a Japanese shipping company.
- Smart Green Shipping, a design and engineering company based in Dumfries that is developing technology for sustainable commercial ships, has secured £1.35m in a funding round.
A recent news article published in the Insider.co.uk deals with Smart Green Shipping confirms a new wave of investment.
MOL Drybulk (MOLDB) and Scottish Enterprise
MOL Drybulk (MOLDB) and Scottish Enterprise have jointly invested in the company that is steering a course to a demonstration FastRig wing sail later this year, alongside its industry partners at Peel Ports Hunterston Port and Resource Centre (PARC).
MOLDB is subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, a shipping company headquartered in Japan. Its president Kazuhiko Kikuchi said: “We are committed to decarbonisation within our industry and Scotland is at the forefront of many environmentally friendly solutions, whilst our investment in Smart Green Shipping furthers our commitment to the UK.”
Smart Green Shipping received a £1.8m grant from Scottish Enterprise last year towards a research and development project with a total value of £5m, match funded by the private sector.
Kerry Sharp, director of entrepreneurship and investment at Scottish Enterprise, said: “Our investment alongside MOLDB will encourage innovation and growth in an exciting Scottish-based company with international potential that is creating jobs and sustainable shipping solutions, vital for a greener economy.
“Scottish Enterprise continues to invest in projects with positive impact on the planet and people which is exemplified by Smart Green Shipping and I look forward to seeing its demonstrator FastRig tested at Hunterston PARC as we work with the company on its growth.”
Innovate UK programme
Smart Green Shipping is developing solutions to enable the reduction of emissions from certain ship types by at least 20%, as forecast via tests supported by the Innovate UK programme on a large commercial cargo ship.
Its technology is enabled by a fuel saving prediction tool, supported by the European Space Agency business incubation centre.
The company has progressed its project from its base in Dumfries, working alongside Caley Ocean Systems and Malin in Glasgow, with plans to retrofit its technology onto ships for commercial demonstration next year following a testing phase at Hunterston PARC.
Smart Green Shipping has also recently been nominated for an Earthshot Prize through involvement with the Solar Impulse Foundation and stemming from work around COP26.
Diane Gilpin, chief executive of Smart Green Shipping, said: “Wind-assist is the only technology that can support global shipping’s greenhouse gas reduction in line with International Panel on Climate Change advice – emissions must start reducing rapidly if we are to avoid temperature increases of more than 1.5 degrees.
“The shipping industry knows this and with the introduction of various new emission reduction regulations this year and next there is a strong interest for FastRigs.
“Having MOL on-board is a real benefit for us, they bring deep market and operational knowledge – and that they are partnering with Scottish Enterprise in investing together underlines Scotland’s commitment to this new global market for renewable energy that Scotland is already so good at.”
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