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Bluefish and Wolverine ZCCs - zero carbon cruising


Submarines, U Boats, blue fish


1914 and U Boats began stealth warfare at sea hunting in packs, making technology more important than size and finding underwater targets a prerequisite to neutralization. Wars accelerate scientific research. During the Great War, at the cost of millions of human lives.



In 1938 speed ace Sir Malcolm Campbell commissioned his second motor yacht the 'Blue Bird' - his idea of happiness on the high seas - slowing the pace down, having set the world water speed record in his K3 on top of his land speed record successes.



In 1940 the US Navy launched an advanced minesweeper 'Bluebird' (AMS-121), in an attempt to keep vital supply waterways clear. In 2013 unexploded WWII bombs are still being discovered. The USS Bluebird (ASR-19) submarine rescue ship was decommissioned in 1947.



1950 - After WWII navies around the world continued to invest in bigger ships and submarines without thought for the consequences to the environment. Preserving world peace is important but should be undertaken responsibly. As a result, air quality is now high on the agenda.


1959 - Donald Campbell reached 260 mph (420 km/h) in the K7 Bluebird using the latest jet engine technology, inspiring many with his pioneering drive. This was the age of gas turbines, a British invention that revolutionized air transport, making holiday makers smile.


Fifty-five years on and our engineers are developing high tech hulls for electric drives that run on solar and wind power alone. The aim being to achieve realistic speeds with a target of between 7-10 knots, 24/7 and 365 days a year. Opening a new era of zero carbon cruising.



Such performance will be ideal for (unmanned) low cost pollution free surveying and exploration where energy savings and economical operations are important if they are to be sustainable, as the transition to clean technologies takes place.



The aim is to perfect an ocean going solar powered platform with sprint capability in excess of 10+ knots without depleting the ships energy store. This will give additional capabilities to operators of, for example, autonomous ROVs. 

Predator hunter killer minisub, nuclear submarine destroyer



1988 - A patent is filed for a method of neutralizing nuclear submarines without detection using a high speed minisub. Details of the system for sinking these leviathans are never published. Most navies continue to build nuclear submarines. The titanic is found and surveyed.



We are looking to develop robotic systems collaboratively for autonomous ships, with legacy backward compatibility - and an open source policy. If you are a robotics student looking for a career in a marine environment, please get in touch.



COLREGs compliant autonomous navigation, could increase safety on the high seas if it is sufficiently cost effective, to encourage adoption generally. The ground work for effective command and control is being encouraged by competitions such as RoboBoats in the US.



Satellite communication is essential to modern 'e' navigation, helping to reduce the cost of hydrographic and other essential persistent monitoring duties. This includes GPS positional services, vessel identification and economic scientific data transfer.


Offshore wind turbines for sustainable electricity generation


Wind turbines offer economic generation of electricity for many countries, using offshore and land based wind farms. They could also be a practical means of powering ships as we hope to demonstrate as part of our longer term investment program.




 2012 - May the 4th and the Turanor Planetsolar proved that solar energy is sufficient for ships to navigate the oceans. In 2013 she completed the worlds first solar oceanographic survey.



2013 - A lack of response to the IMO call (MARPOL) for vessels to reduce harmful emissions of sulfurous gases, which fleet operators and governments left to the last minute, programs were hastily begun in the US and Europe to improve the efficiency of shipping. E Navigation is one area suggested for immediate savings - supposing that captains have been getting it wrong to now. Wave foil and wind sails are areas of renewed research.


Scout the autonomous robot Atlantic world record holder


2013 - July - October, History in the making - a group of American students launched their solar powered SCOUT boat, a 13ft pioneering autonomous robot designed to prove that crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Rhode Island, USA to Spain is possible without a human crew onboard. The boat didn't make it across the ocean as planned, but set a new world endurance record. 


Bluefish and Wolverine ZCCs


2014 - Zero carbon cruisers (ZCCs) of the future using advanced hull and energy harvesting techniques may soon become a reality. The Bluefish development program is aiming for solar and wind powered ships with operational speeds of 10 knots+. It's early days yet but the Bluefish (SWASH) platform figures look to be in the right ballpark for non-polluting cargo ships and cruise liners. Use our events A - Z to find collaborative partners for your valuable enabling research in the EU Horizon 2020 and MARTEC calls 2014.


Humpback whales and anti whaling conservation.


2014 - Conservation of our oceans and marine species could be given a boost with the take up of ZCCs. ZCCs will reduce acid rain - so acid oceans. Bad news for the Humboldt squid, good news for coral reefs, whales, dolphins and even sharks. Let's hope there will be marine life left to enjoy the seas once they are cleaned up.


Eco solar charging at green car parks


2014 - Europe is supporting the development of sustainable transport with their Horizon 2020 initiatives. A city sports car concept is proposed as a means to evaluate low cost service stations that will load-level electrical supplies as more and more electric cars hit the streets and roadside fast charging points alone will be unable to meet the demand. Collaborative research partners are invited from auto and energy industries. See the Devonshire Project.


Solar powered Bluebird electric rickshaw


2014 - All over the world solar assisted vehicles are springing up. Europe is supporting the development of sustainable transport with their Horizon 2020 initiatives, but does this include rickshaws as a green eco mode of travel. 



2015 - Cannonball EV Run - A road trip across the UK is planned to equal the pace of IC vehicles, to prove that electric eco cars can compete on range and performance. Starting from John O'Groats in the Scottish Highlands, driving (within legal limits) south to Lands End in Cornwall - a distance of 874 miles, stopping only for refreshments, to swap driver for co-driver and to recharge - it is hoped to complete this epic drive in under 16 hours in the Ecostar DC50 - requiring an average speed of 55 mph. A follow on event for 2016 sets the USA in our sights. then another in Australia is planned for 2017. See the event RULES.


London, England, New Year fireworks celebrations event


2014 - 2017 Events that are germane to marine and automotive innovation, research and development, IP, investment and commercial business enterprise are featured on this site in a comprehensive A - Z listing.



2014 - This is the start of a shift to cleaner more intelligent ocean transport. Our pioneering research is helping to lay the foundations for sustainable merchant fleets and cruise liners of the future. Please note that this is a legacy site, where much of the content is unrelated to our business but we are both contractually obliged and pleased to maintain links.


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