Fuel consumption reduction systems for merchant ships

We aim to use innovative thinking and design to deliver new products to reduce the impact of merchant ship operations on our planet. Less hydro carbon fuel burned means lower carbon emissions.

Armada Technologies is developing a largely passive “air lubrication system” to significantly reduce merchant ship fuel consumption.

Work started in 2020, supported by a T-Trig 20 grant from the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT). In April 2021 we proved our concept Air Lubrication System (ALS) works during a two week experimentation program using Newcastle University’s Emerson Cavitation tunnel.

Subsequent “Computational Fluid Dynamics” (CFD) work improved system performance to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3.

We are now working with a number of universities, technology companies, merchant vessel operators and financiers in the UK, Europe and the US together with the DfT to continue development of our ALS and install it on a demonstrator vessel.

If you want to know more please contact Roger Armson on +447740373671 or

roger.armson@armada-technologies.co.uk