Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems press release
The focus was on the MUM project “Modifiable Underwater Mothership”, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and, designed in collaboration by industry and science since 2017, is intended to achieve market readiness in the upcoming years.
The presentation was part of the “Maritime Research Programme” whereby the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy supports the development of innovative maritime technologies. Norbert Brackmann, German government coordinator for the maritime industry, was on the shipyard site of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to experience the progress of the project and the technological innovations already available for further implementation.
“The MUM project fits in very well with our aspiration to technological leadership. The project results show that individual commitment, teamwork, creativity and German engineering skills are an excellent combination for maintaining our technological lead in future markets. Given the challenging economic situation triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, innovations and the further development of high-tech will pave the way to a successful future. Therefore, we have included provisions in the recently adopted economic stimulus package to provide additional funds for supporting innovation and the Maritime Research Programme.”Norbert Brackmann, German government coordinator for the maritime industry
MUM is a modular unmanned underwater system for various applications in the civil maritime industry. Examples include the transport and deployment of payloads, applications in the offshore wind and oil & gas industries as well as the exploration of sea areas with difficult access, such as the Arctic ice regions. In order to meet these requirements, a modular structure is envisaged. The system will use electrical power as the main energy source, by implementing a state-of-the-art, emission-free fuel cell. Where necessary, the power supply system is supported by a safe and reliable Li-ion battery module. Independent of wind and weather, MUM can operate 24/7, 365 days a year.
“We are the onlysystems supplier in Germany to offer high-tech solutions for the future. TheMUM project will benefit from our many years of expertise in fuel cell andbattery technology, underwater vehicles as well as maritime sensors andautonomy software. Our project partners from science and industrycomplement us to an extraordinary degree!”Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems
MUM is to set the new standard for unmanned underwater operations by 2024. Together with the project partners ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, EvoLogics,University of Rostock, TU Berlin, Fraunhofer Institute, German AerospaceCenter the Institute for the Protection of Maritime Structures, thyssenkruppMarine Systems will apply for funding for a MUM large-scale demonstrator aspart of the Economic Ministry’s Maritime Research Programme.