Northern Ireland based Creative Composites, known for their ability to supply high quality complex parts for global brands in the automotive, truck, materials handling and medical sectors will now collaborate with Artemis Technologies – a high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company, to create components for its revolutionary new electric eFoiler Propulsion System (eFoiler).
The system forms part of Artemis Technologies’ plan to lead the decarbonisation of the maritime industry. Creative Composites will manufacture a range of component parts for the eFoiler including appendage control surfaces and hydrodynamic fairings.
Jonathan Holmes, Managing Director, Creative Composites said:
“It is incredibly exciting to partner with Artemis Technologies on such an innovative project that will not only contribute to the next wave of development in the maritime sector but will also make a huge impact on global efforts to combat climate change. Our unique approach offering a combination of cutting-edge in-house design, world class manufacturing and flexible service, enables us to collaborate with clients to deliver complex compression moulded components for a diverse range of sectors world-wide.”
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As part of the collaboration, staff from Artemis Technologies will be based at Creative Composites to work alongside the team. They will benefit from knowledge sharing and value engineering offered by Creative Composite’s in-house specialist designers and engineers, helping to build new skills in the maritime sector.
David Tyler, Commercial Director, Artemis Technologies added:
“This is an important collaboration that marks a major milestone on our journey to help the maritime sector reduce carbon emissions by developing new green technologies that will power the vessels of the future. With a commitment by the UK government that all new maritime vessels must be fitted with zero-emissions technology by 2025, solutions such as our eFoiler system will play a key role in realising that goal. Using truly transformative and complex technology, the eFoiler will reduce the drag of modern fast vessels by up to 90%, making electric propulsion at high-speed and range commercially viable for the first time. With extensive experience making composite structures for the automotive industry and a commitment to advanced manufacturing, Creative Composites is the perfect partner for Artemis Technologies and will form part of the growing maritime cluster in Northern Ireland. The collaboration forms part of Artemis Technologies’ wider plans to lead the decarbonisation of maritime transport – and Northern Ireland will be at the forefront of these exciting developments.”
Artemis Technologies, a sister company to the Artemis Racing professional sailing team is the lead partner in a Belfast consortium bidding to return shipbuilding to the city.
What is the 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.