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Redefining what is possible

We have designed a 24m, 120 Ton, 10-12+ knots Research Vessel, powered by wind, wave and water. The QuestZero™ project is about marine energy efficiency and enhanced vessel capability. The vessel will be the first zero-emissions research workboat in the world, built in the UK, the modular design means it is capable of meeting current and future marine research requirements.


The Steamology® Hydrogen Steam Turbine and battery management system seemlessly delivers power according to requirements.

The award winning DuoDriveTrain® contra rotating propeller technology is super efficient and able to provides vectored thrust for exceptional manoeuvrability

When underway, 3Flex® hydrofoils help the QuestZero control system to extract the maximum energy from wind, wave and water energy sources (in that order). When in harbour, the foils replace bow thrusters, reducing hull drag, and improving manoeuvrability. 

The combination of technology provides the potential to leap straight to Zero-Emissions.  Watch this space, is coming soon


Collaborators and Supporters

We are delivering the project with help from our two primary project partners in Steamology and DuoDriveTrain. The project is funded by the Department for Transport and Innovate UK.

The Zero-Emissions Super Efficient Research Vessel for Plymouth Marine Laboritory is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) launched in March 2021, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. As part of the CMDC, the Department allocated more than £23 million to 55 projects supported by 208 organisations from across the UK.

The CMDC was announced as part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to position the UK at the forefront of clean maritime technologies and reduce emissions from the sector. The CMDC is supporting the research, design, and development of zero emission vessel and infrastructure solutions to enable clean technologies to commercialise and to accelerate the decarbonisation of the maritime sector. The programme is funding projects from across the entire UK, including in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as from the South West to the North East of England. We are proud to be part of a competition that supports UK innovators to achieve Net Zero.