Marine-i grant aids Armada powerpack
Marine hydraulics specialist Armada Engineering is developing an innovative new powerpack for marine applications, with the aid of a £27,000 grant from Marine-i.
The diesel-driven mobile powerpack is designed to offer multiple advantages over conventional equipment and with the flexibility to be deployed for various marine O&M tasks, including hydraulic flushing.
Armada Engineering’s managing director Joff Collins said: “We currently supply a range of electric power packs and flushing packs into the marine sector, operating as standalone units. This new power pack is fitted with an intelligent HMI interface and Telematics.
“It will be diesel driven, enabling it to operate in virtually any location and it has built-in genset and compressed air capabilities. As a result, Armada’s powerpack will provide a ‘one stop solution’ for many different types of marine O&M tasks.”
Matt Hodson, marine hub operations director at Cornwall Development Company and a partner in Marine-I, added: “This is a brilliant concept which will appeal across many marine sectors, including the offshore, superyacht, shipping, and commercial fishing markets.
“It is loaded with added-value features for the customer, like Geofence for anti-theft measures and real-time reporting of key data such as fuel consumption, run time and fault diagnosis. A product like this has the potential to open up important new global markets for Armada Engineering.”
Grant is vital
Mr Collins explained that the grant was crucial as it will enable Armada Engineering to rapidly move on to the next stage of designing and constructing a working prototype.
“We had previously sought investment from the private sector, but this is a very specialised area of marine technology which very few investors understand. That presented a real obstacle to getting the project off the ground,” he stated.
A turning point for the project, Mr Collins stressed, was when Marine-I’s team declared it could see the possibilities for the project concept.
In addition to supporting hydraulics system installations, Armada provides consultancy and training.
Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation.
By Rebecca Jeffrey
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