Eco Marine Power Co.Ltd. announced today (1st August 2010) that it had now commenced initial development work on a wind and solar power system for ocean going vessels alongside development partners Sapa Group, KEI Systems and Ohori Capital. The 'Aquarius' project aims to develop a commercial wind and solar power system for the shipping industry to help the sector meet the challenges of reducing emissions and fuel costs in the years ahead. The project will be coordinated by Eco Marine Power's office in Fukuoka, Japan.
The EMP Aquarius System will allow ships to utilise wind power and solar energy in order to reduce fuel consumption and lower noxious gas emissions. In addition ship owners and operators will be able to reduce the C02 footprint of their fleet and employ the 'Aquarius' System on a variety of ships and vessels.
The EMP Aquarius System is being designed so that it will require little attention from the ships crew, will be relatively easy to install and offer an attractive ROI (Return on Investment) for shipping companies.
The system will employ solar panels and sails which will be stored in modules when not in use which each module connected to a central control and monitoring system.
A prototype version of the system is planned to be ready by early 2011 and after trials and testing it is expected a commercial version of the system could be ready in 2012/2013.