A double Olympic gold medallist is skippering a bid to make the UK a world leader in zero-emissions passenger ferries.
Sailing champion Iain Percy is combining his own know-how from designing America's Cup racing yachts with expertise from the maritime, aerospace and F1 racing industries to develop what he calls a "plane underwater".
Percy (43) has chosen Belfast as the location for the eco-friendly hydrofoil technology.
His consortium - which includes leading manufacturers such as Bombardier UK and universities and local councils in Northern Ireland - is currently vying for a £30m Government grant to part-fund a £60m research and development project.
The green-energy ferries will use the same hydrofoil technology that has transformed America's Cup sailing.
With Bombardier's wing-manufacturing plant adjacent to Belfast's shipyards, Percy said the city is perfect for a business that combined both industries.
"This is a real transformative technology and because of that the growth can be huge," he said.