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A Greener Marine Future

Fuel Saving and Emission Reduction Solutions for Greener Shipping

Nobody benefits from airborne pollution or the wasteful consumption of fossil fuels and although shipping is relatively energy efficient, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Currently world shipping consumes around 200 million tonnes of diesel oil annually and it is estimated that the world's merchant vessels emit around the same amount or more of sulphur oxide as do all the world's cars, trucks and buses. Clearly something has to be done to make shipping more eco-friendly.tonbo_river_cruising

The path towards a greener marine future and sustainable shipping involves the more widespread use of wind, solar and electric power to help propel and power vessels of all sizes. By using renewable energy not only will less fossil fuels be used, but harmful airborne pollution will also be reduced.  In addition ship and boat owners/operators can significantly cut their operating costs and lower their dependence on costly fossil fuels.

Wind Power & Solar Power for Shipping

The power of the wind has been used to move ships and boats for thousands of years, but with the advent of the steam and internal combustion engines the use of sail power fell away sharply from around the 19th century onwards. However today, there is a resurgent interest in the use of sails for commercial vessels of all sizes

In addition, solar panel technology has now reached a point where it is becoming more practical and cost effective  to include solar power solutions on vessels and in some cases it is possible to collect wind and solar power via the same device or system. Eco Marine Power (EMP) has for example developed a rigid sail known as the EnergySail which are part sail and part solar energy collector. These rigid sails will form part of Aquarius MRE - an integrated rigid sail based solution that also brings in other technologies such as marine computer systems & energy storage modules.

Hybrid Marine Power & Propulsion

Fuel savings can also be achieved by using marine hybrid power & propulsion technologies or all-electric marine propulsion systems.

These concepts are notsurvey_ship_energysail_web_small new, but recent technological advancements have made them more efficient and cost effective. They can also be merged so that a ship powered by an electric propulsion system can also use solar panels, Lithium batteries, wind power devices or in the future - hydrogen fuels cells.

In ancient times the Roman Trireme employed an early form of hybrid power where wind and oar power was used. Today eco-friendly marine propulsion solutions can employ motor/generator sets, advanced power management systems, cutting-edge energy storage technologies plus solar & wind power solutions.

Hybrid marine power (HMP) solutions can also be configured so that they require no on-board fossil fuel engines or generators with the batteries being recharged via a combination of on-board solar panels and shore power. In turn the shore power could be sourced from a wind power or solar power generating facility thereby creating a water transport solution powered entirely by renewable energy.

Our Vision at Eco Marine Power

At Eco Marine Power (EMP) we believe that renewable energy sources need to be a part of the energy mix at sea just as they are on land. That is why we work on R&D programmes, concept studies and implementation projects in order to develop systems and solutions that are at forefront of the green-marine and sustainable shipping revolution.

These projects currently include Aquarius MRE® - a solar & wind power solution for ocean going ships and the 'Tonbo' design project - a environmentally friendly solar electric passenger ferry or tourist vessel that will use the latest fuel saving and Lithium battery technology.marine_solar_array_1

In addition EMP is working on the Medaka urban solar-electric ferry project. This project is not only involved with the development of a vessel that uses renewable energy, but also involves looking into how an urban eco-commuter ferry can be best used as part of a small fleet to provide an environmentally friendly form of water transport in modern low carbon cities or on urban waterways.

Sustainable shipping is not a dream - it is a trend that is gathering momentum across the shipping sector and Eco Marine Power is developing the solutions that will help drive shipping towards a cleaner, greener future.

 

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Key Findings from Ship Solar Power Study Released

Key Findings from Ship Solar Power Study Released

5 year study conducted on-board ships, in test lab & at outdoor evaluation area Fukuoka, Japan – 16th July 2018 – After an extensive study project, Eco Marine Power (EMP) has today released some of the key findings related to the use of solar power on ships and the selection and installation of related equipment. This study was carried out over a 5 year period and included: installation of a trial system on the high speed RoRo Ferry Blue Star Delos, several ship surveys, computer-aided analysis, plus ... Read more
Eco Marine Power Announces Launch of Hybrid Battery Packs

Eco Marine Power Announces Launch of Hybrid Battery Packs

UB-50-12 battery packs with proven hybrid technology ready for use on ships & offshore platforms. Fukuoka, Japan – 29th June 2018 – In co-operation with its strategic partners Furukawa Battery and Teramoto Iron Works, Eco Marine Power (EMP) has today announced the release of two UB-50-12 hybrid battery packs for ship, offshore and land-based renewable energy projects. These safe, reliable and recyclable battery packs will be available in 2.4kWh and 3.6kWh configurations. Multiple battery packs can be instal... Read more
Eco Marine Power at Sea Japan 2018

Eco Marine Power at Sea Japan 2018

First public display of an EnergySail & Hybrid Battery Pack Eco Marine Power (EMP) along with strategic partners Teramoto Iron Works and The Furukawa Battery Company recently exhibited a range of products & technologies at Sea Japan 2018 in Tokyo. A small EnergySail lab prototype was also publicly displayed for the first time along with its Automated Control System (ACS).  The patented EnergySail is a rigid sail device developed by EMP that will allow ships to harness the power of the wind and sun i... Read more
Eco Marine Power Expands Aquarius Eco Ship Project

Eco Marine Power Expands Aquarius Eco Ship Project

Innovative low emission ship design project to be opened up to more technologies & companies Fukuoka, Japan – 19th April 2018 – Eco Marine Power (EMP) unveiled today its plan to widen the scope of the Aquarius Eco ShipTM project and invite other companies to join this innovative low-emissions ship design initiative. As part of this plan a wider range of technologies will be studied including fuel cells, air lubrication systems & electrical propulsion plus ship owners that are already in-directly connect... Read more
Star Bulk and Eco Marine Power Commence Renewable Energy Study

Star Bulk and Eco Marine Power Commence Renewable Energy Study

Joint study focused on feasibility of installing technologies associated with Aquarius MRE onto existing and new ships Fukuoka, Japan – 21st March 2018 – As part of its continued focus on bringing renewable energy solutions to shipping, Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Star Bulk S.A. (Star Bulk) covering a joint study project focused on the feasibility of using EMP’s technologies on existing and new bulk carriers. The joint study between Star... Read more
Furukawa Battery Certified as Approved Supplier of Marine Batteries

Furukawa Battery Certified as Approved Supplier of Marine Batteries

Certification obtained after factory inspection, evaluation trials & testing by Eco Marine Power Fukuoka, Japan – 19th February 2018 – Eco Marine Power (EMP) today announced that it has formally certified The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. of Japan, as a supplier of batteries for use on ship and marine structures. The certification covers a range of batteries technologies including the hybrid valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) UltraBattery®. Furukawa Battery and EMP first began to co-operate in 2014 and teame... Read more
Eco Marine Power and Teramoto Iron Works Sign Patent License Agreement

Eco Marine Power and Teramoto Iron Works Sign Patent License Agreement

Agreement paves the way for commercial production of EnergySail and Aquarius MRE Fukuoka, Japan – 23rd January 2018 – In another major step towards bringing rigid sails onto powered ships, Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it has signed a patent license agreement with Teramoto Iron Works Ltd concerning patents related to EMP’s EnergySail® and Aquarius MRE® technologies. Teramoto Iron Works is one of the few companies in the world that has experience in the production of rigid sails and was involve... Read more
Eco Marine Power to Study Use of Artificial Intelligence in Research Projects

Eco Marine Power to Study Use of Artificial Intelligence in Research Projects

Neural Network Console provided by Sony Network Communications to be utilised to improve control algorithms and analyse research data Fukuoka, Japan – 8th December 2017 – To further enhance its research capabilities Eco Marine Power announced today that it will begin using the Neural Network Console provided by Sony Network Communications Inc., as part of a strategy to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into various ongoing ship related technology projects including the further development of the patented... Read more
Aquarius MRE Project and Shipowner Prepare for Sea Trials

Aquarius MRE Project and Shipowner Prepare for Sea Trials

World first deployment of patented rigid sail and solar power system to commence during 2018 Fukuoka, Japan – 26th July 2017 – Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that it has begun preparing for sea trials of its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) solution in co-operation with strategic partners and ship owner Hisafuku Kisen K.K. of Onomichi, Japan. This preparatory work will lead to the world’s first installation of an integrated rigid sail and solar power system for ships using EMP’s patented te... Read more
Eco Marine Power Signs MOU for Supply of Aquarius MAS + Solar

Eco Marine Power Signs MOU for Supply of Aquarius MAS + Solar

Fukuoka, Japan – 18th May 2017 – Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Singapore based shipping company to supply its Aquarius Management and Automation (MAS) + Solar solution. The solution will also include hardware and software that will allow ships to monitor fuel oil consumption in real time, automatically calculate NOx/SOx/CO2 emissions and interface with marine solar power systems. Initially one ship in the fleet will be installed with the... Read more
 
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Hybrid marine power solutions save fuel, reduce pollution and are cost effective. Eco Marine Power is at the forefront of developing low emission & fuel efficient solutions for shipping and has a range of innovative technologies available now. Our computer systems also provide a control interface between renewable energy & other power systems on-board ships.
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Eco Marine Power is at the forefront of developing and supplying innovative marine renewable energy technologies for shipping which harness the power of the sun & wind. These solutions include our Aquarius MRE, EnergySail & Aquarius Marine Solar Power. These solutions reduce fuel consumption, lower noxious gas emissions and deliver cost benefits.
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The Aquarius Management and Automation System or Aquarius MAS is a cost effective alarm handling, monitoring, process handling and data logging platform suitable for a wide range of ships. The system is based upon the reliable and robust KEI 3240 Data Logger and is class approved. The Aquarius MAS can also monitor fuel use & calculate vessel emissions.

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Finding the right solar, wind, electric or hybrid marine power solution can be a daunting task so Eco Marine Power works with shipyards and ship owners to help them find the best system for their needs. EMP also developments low emission & sustainable shipping concepts and designs using marine renewable energy technologies & advanced computer systems.
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