A list of questions commonly asked about Eco Marine Power, wind & solar power for ships, green shipping, marine renewable energy and hybrid marine power. Also see our Aquarius MRE System FAQ page for questions specifically related to Aquarius MRE System for ships.
What does Eco Marine Power do?
Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is a designer of eco ship concepts and developer of marine renewable energy technologies for shipping. To read more about what EMP does please see our Company Profile.
Where is Eco Marine Power located?
Our main office is Fukuoka, Japan. Our office address and contact details can be found here. In co-operation with KEI System Ltd we have also established a test lab in Osaka, Japan.
Is Eco Marine Power seeking investors?
Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. is a privately held company in Japan and is interested in talking with institutions, companies and possible strategic partners about how they could invest in the future of marine renewable energy technology. Please see our Investor Information section for more details.
Do you only develop solutions for Japan?
No. Eco Marine Power is a globally focused company and we develop solutions to help make world shipping greener. Our working language is English. (but feel free to send us a message in Japanese!)
What is the Aquarius MRE System?
The Aquarius MRE System is a ship based wind and solar power solution being developed by Eco Marine Power and it's development partners. For more information please see the Aquarius System page.
Is wind power really a viable option on-board large modern ships?
Wind power was used for many centuries to move ships across the oceans but the arrival of the steamship heralded the end of the golden age of the sailing ship. However today technology like the Aquarius MRE System provides the means to once again use sails on modern ships in a safe and cost effective manner. You can read more about this topic in Wind and Solar Power for Ships.
How is solar power used on ships and other vessels?
Solar power is used as a means to charge batteries on-board vessels or is fed into a ship's power supply system. This helps reduce fuel consumption and in some cases vessels can cruise solely via the power collected from the solar panels.
Remember it isn't just the reduced fuel consumption on a ship that helps the environment, but also the energy and resources saved during the whole process of getting fossil fuel to the pier or wharf. Moving less fuel across the globe also saves fuel and reduces pollution.
Solar power or marine solar power can also be an important source of emergency power on a ship and be used to recharge batteries connected to emergecny lighting.
Do your designs incorporate biofuel motors etc?
Yes, where possible we try to include biofuels generators etc into our designs especially when the biofuel can be obtained in such a way as not to impact the production of food crops. (by using for example rice or barley straw)
What is hybrid marine power?
Hybrid marine power (HMP) simply means a power system on-board a ship, ferry or other vessel that obtains energy from more than once source. Please see our HMP section for more information.
Is Eco Marine Power a ship builder?
No, our company does not build ships. We work on concept designs & develop technologies that include renewable energy and hybrid marine power then seek to work with shipyards to deliver cutting-edge eco friendly ships.