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Onboard renewable power study
The Motorship - 9th Februaru 2017
Renewable power technology expert Eco Marine Power (EMP) has begun a detailed study on the practical applications of its EnergySail and Aquarius MRE technologies onboard ships, in conjunction with several industry partners.The study will cover the engineering aspects of installing the technologies onboard a variety of ships and the expected Fuel Oil Consumption (FOC) and CO2 savings achievable during operations. Energy storage options will also be studied, including the possible use of fuel cells. Read more...
Interview at Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo
UKIP Media and Events - June 2016
Greg Atkinson, chief executive officer, Eco Marine Power, Japan, talks about the company, which is leading a number of R&D projects focused on developing cost-effective commercial solutions for utilising wind power and solar energy on vessels such as bulk ore carriers, cargo ships, oil tankers, passenger ferries, USVs and naval frigates. Link to Video
Production of First EnergySail Begins at Factory
Maritime Executive - 8th April 2016
In another important step towards bringing its rigid sail technology onto ships Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that work has commenced on the production of an EnergySail in Onomichi, Japan. This first ever factory produced EnergySail is being manufactured by EMP's strategic partner - Teramoto Iron Works.
The EnergySail® (patent pending) is an automated rigid sail device that enables ships to utilize the power of the wind to reduce fuel consumption and lower vessel emissions. It can also be fitted with flexible marine-grade solar panels or other devices and used to charge batteries or the electrical power can be fed into EMP's Aquarius MAS + Solar solution. Read more...
Ferry's Bunker Saving Solar System Recognised With Energy Efficiency Award
Ship and Bunker - 11th January, 2016
The use of a bunker saving solar energy system aboard the Greek ferry Blue Star Delos, owned and operated by Attica Group subsidiary Blue Star Maritime S.A. (Blue Star Ferries), has helped its owner to a Silver Award at the Energy Mastering Awards 2015 event under the category of Energy Efficiency Management - Means of Public Transport, the company has announced.
Blue Star Ferries says the award was received for the company's Blue Star Ferries Innovative Renewable Energy Sources plan, which it has developed alongside Japan's Eco Marine Power (EMP) and KEI System. Read more...
Wind/Solar Ship Power System Earns Patent
MarineLink.com - 12th October, 2015
Eco Marine Power's (EMP) Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System, a wind and solar power solution for ships, has been granted a patent in Japan, paving way for commercial production.
The Aquarius MRE System is an integrated system of rigid sails, solar panels, energy storage modules and marine computer platforms that will enable ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun. Read more...
Solar Focus in Further Development of Renewable Marine Energy System
Ship and Bunker - 12th October, 2015
Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is focusing on the solar component of its wind and solar marine propulsion system, as the Japan-based company moves towards commercialisation of its Aquarius MRE renewable energy solution, Greg Atkinson, EMP's Director & Chief Technology Officer, has told Ship & Bunker. Read more...
Sea trial success for solar solution
The Motorship - 2nd June 2015
Eco Marine Power (EMP) has reported successful sea trials for its Aquarius solar power solution and MAS management and automation system onboard high-speed car and passenger ferry 'Blue Star Delos'.During two days of testing and evaluation on 17-19 May the system was assessed by both EMP and Blue Star Ferries technical personnel as part of the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project. Read more...
Industry Insight: Hybrid Wind Marine Propulsion Systems, a 200 Year Old Idea
Ship and Bunker - 29th May, 2015
On May 24, 1819 the SS Savannah made history as the first wind power hybrid steamship to cross the Atlantic. The journey from her namesake city in Georgia, US, to Liverpool, England, took 29 days. While she only used steam power for 90 hours of that time, the potential for hybrid marine power had been shown. Read more...
Aquarius Marine Solar Power Gets Class Approval
World Maritime News - 14th April, 2015
Eco Marine Power (EMP) has received acceptance from Japan's classification society ClassNK for its Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution as installed on classed vessels.Eco Marine Power will now move forward and release two marine solar power packages: Aquarius Marine Solar Power and Aquarius MAS + Solar – with the latter including additional hardware and software that allows the system to perform functions such as fuel oil consumption monitoring. Read more...
Eco Marine Power’s environment-friendly ships
EURObiZ Japan - February 2015
E.E. Cummings once wrote: “for whatever we lose, it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.” In today’s world, that quote can take on a rather different meaning. According to an article in The Guardian, recent data suggests that just 15 of the world’s biggest ships emit as much pollution as all of the world’s cars combined. In Japan, one of the world’s busiest shipping nations, that could translate into major health and environmental problems. Read more...
Industry Insight: Wind and Solar Power Close to a Commercial Reality?
Ship and Bunker - Tuesday 4th November 2014
"We won't see sails on oil tankers or container ships any time soon." That's what one delegate told Ship & Bunker earlier this year at the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA)'s 2014 annual conference. And they certainly are not alone in that view.
But one person working hard to change all that is Greg Atkinson, Director at Japan's Eco Marine Power (EMP). The company is developing a number of sustainable shipping technologies that harnesses both wind and solar power, and over the last few years has been making steady progress towards a commercial system. Read more...
Greek ferry powers forward with solar project
Passenger Ship Technology - 4th Quarter 2014
Blue Star Ferries is to trial renewable energy technology using solar panels integrated with a monitoring system on its high speed passenger and car vessel Blue Star Delos. Download Article (1.5Mb PDF)
Joint project on renewable energy
Ship and Offshore - October | November 2014
Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) has announced the start of a joint project with Blue Star Ferries to deploy and evaluate a range of innovative renewable energy technologies including the Aquarius Management and Automation System MAS, which has an integrated marine solar power system. Download Article (105kb PDF)
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Greg Atkinson: Innovation and autonomy
The Motorship - 4th August 2014
The potential presented by driverless vehicles, whether cars or aerial drones, is beginning to capture both headlines and imagination so Greg Atkinson of Eco Marine Power tells Stevie Knight that he knew the topic of unmanned ships would not be far away. Read more...
Unmanned Surface Vessel Concept Heading for Prototype Construction
gCaptain - 27th May 2014
With all the talk of aerial drones and cars that drive themselves these days, we knew it was only a matter of time until the use of unmanned ships came into the conversation.
Now, one company, Japan's Eco Marine Power (EMP), says they are moving beyond just talking, announcing today that they will begin work related to the construction of a prototype for their unmanned surface vessel (USV) concept, the details of which have just been released. Read more...
Japanese alliance to provide green marine technology
Marine & Offshore Technology - 13th May 2014
EMP will gain access to a production base and testing centre in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, one of Japan's most important shipbuilding areas, through an alliance Teramoto Iron Works. Read more...
Industry Insight: EMP Makes First Public Display of Sustainable Shipping Technologies & Concepts
Ship and Bunker - 28th April 2014
Earlier this month at Sea Japan 2014, Eco Marine Power (EMP) made the first public display of a number of its bunker saving technologies and concepts that it hopes will help vessels of all types make the move to renewable energy. Read more...
A step closer to hybrid power for large ships
The Motorship - 19th February 2014
Eco Marine Power (EMP) of Japan says that its rigid sail technology for ships, known as EnergySail, has successfully concluded function testing at the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, supported by JSMEA (Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association) Read more...
Bunker Saving Rigid Sail Technology Being Readied for Sea Trials
Ship and Bunker - 20th January 2014
Japan's Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP), the developer of wind and solar power ship propulsion systems, has announced its "EnergySail" rigid sail technology is being readied for sea trials having passed a range of function tests at its Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka. Read more...
Robust automation, control and management system for marine renewable energy solutions
Ship and Offshore - July | August 2013
Japanese companies Eco Marine Power and KEI System Ltd have annouced the release of the Aquarius monitoring & automation system (MAS) - a marine computer system to monitor and control equipment such as wind and solar power devices as well as fuel consumption.
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Website: Ship and Offshore
Powering the Eco-Trend
Ship Technology Global - Issue 7 - June 2013
With its Aquarius MRE system, Eco Marine Power is planning to help large vessels tap into solar and wind power to reduce their emissions. We investigate the inner workings of Aquarius. Click to read the full article.
Eco Marine Power: Sustainable shipping technology
Maritime CEO. May 2013.
Fukuoka: Japan is well known for its green tech prowess. Concept designs from the big companies such as NYK and MOL often look like Hollywood sci-fi creations. Nearly three-year-old Eco Marine Power is one of a number of companies in the country coming up with environmentally novel and creative solutions for ships. The difference with this firm is that one of its founders comes from another nation that prizes a clean environment, Australia. Read more...