Arup has supported London’s leading river bus operator, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, to secure funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to research and develop a cleaner, more sustainable river transport solution for the future.
Arup is leading the development of Project HOST (Hydrogen and Oxygen South Thames), which aims to enable Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to transition from diesel engines to vessels that use hydrogen fuel cells, batteries and electric motors over the next ten years.
Working with partners Shell and National Grid, Arup will help accelerate the switch away from fossil fuels to other sources for maritime services.
Project HOST will provide a model for other maritime projects to follow and accelerate the decarbonisation of maritime services across the UK.
Uber Boat by Thames Clippers applied for the funding in collaboration with Arup and other partners via the Innovate UK Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, to further drive green tech capabilities forward.