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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

emp_aquarius_usv_2014_3With 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

ship_offshore_2013b_small_iconJapanese 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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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...

Medaka Featured in Robban Assafina Magazine

January-February Edition 2013.

Robban Assafina is a Bimonthly Arabic/English Magazine, specialized in Shipping, Ships, & Marine Technology published in Lebanon & distributed in all Arab World.

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Video feature: solar energy powers new eco-friendly ship design

ship-technology.com. 7 February 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 and fuel consumption. Company director Greg Atkinson explains the inner workings of Aquarius and describes the testing left to do to launch the system by 2015.  Read more...

Wind and Solar Ship Power Project Secures Prototype Funding

Ship & Bunker. 25th January 2013.

Japan's Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) has secured the resources and funding needed for the complete prototype lab testing phase of its wind and solar power ship propulsion system, Aquarius MRE, EMP Director Greg Atkinson told Ship & Bunker today.  Read more...

Turning Massive Cargo Ships Into Sailboats Could Save 25 Million Tons of Fuel

Take Part. December 24th 2012

If the oceanic cargo industry were a country, it would be the sixth largest emitter of carbon dioxide worldwide. Yet marine shipping companies have largely steered clear of the renewable energy alternatives that land lubbers popularly discuss. One company aims to change that trend by harnessing resources the open ocean has no shortage of: sun and wind, captured by a solar sail.  Read more...

EnergySails harness wind and solar power to cut ship fuel consumption

ZeitNews. 14th November 2012.

In the 400 years or so leading up to the adoption of steam power in the 19th century, sailing ships ruled the waves. In an effort to cut increasing fuel costs and reduce emissions, sails are set to once again prove their worth. But unlike the sails proposed by B9 Shipping and the Wind Challenger Project, Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) is developing sails with an even more modern twist. Rather than just harnessing the power of the wind, EMP’s EnergySail can be fitted with solar panels to also harness solar power.  Read more...

EnergySail promises wind-solar combo for cleaner shipping

CNET News. November 7th. 2012.

This rigid sail concept and other technologies could produce fuel savings of over 40 percent while lowering emissions.  Read more...

Harnessing the elements

Ship and Boat International. November/December 2012.

Japan-based Eco Marine Power is developing a variant of its patent pending EnergySail that can now be used as a platform for other renewable energy technologies. The latest variant of the rigid sail is also being incorporated into the design of a new concept vessel from the company.  Download Article

Reporter: Nicola Stuart. Article kindly made available by Ship and Boat International

EMP advances EnergySail technology for green shipping

South China Morning Post. 19th October 2012.

With the importance of a green, sustainable future, it's high time to bring sails back on ships. Focused on designing eco-friendly power and propulsion systems for ships, Eco Marine Power (EMP) is determined to make this happen through the EnergySail, its innovative rigid sail. Download Article

Japanese firm unveils wind and solar powered rigid sail design

CleanBiz Asia. 4th September 2012.

Eco Marine Power Co, a technology company based in Fukuoka, Japan, has announced that it has completed the high-level design for its innovative rigid sail known as the EnergySail. The device will allow ships to harness both solar and wind energy to cut fuel costs and emissions of CO2 and air pollutants.  Read more...

Are Solar Hybrid Ferries The Answer

Earth Techling. 8th May 2012.

The engineers and shipping experts at Eco Marine Power aren’t afraid to think way outside the box when it comes to reducing shipping industry emissions. They’ve already imagined oil tankers powered by giant solar wind panels, and are moving forward to make these solar powered vessels a reality.  Read more...

Aquarius Eco Ship Harnesses Wind And Solar Power For More Efficient Shipping

Inhabitat. 4th April 2012.

Commercial shipping is a crucial part of the world’s infrastructure – ships carry everything from high-tech electronics to basic foodstuffs. The industry accounts for 3 percent of all annual global emissions, so it makes sense to make shipping as efficient as possible. With that in mind, Japanese company Eco Marine Power has devised the Aquarius Eco Ship, which harnesses the power of the wind and sun to lighten its environmental impact.  Read more...

Eco-concept ship formally unveiled

The Motorship. 3rd February 2012.

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has unveiled its concept design incorporating its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) system. The concept is known as the Aquarius Eco Ship, and is intended to help sustainability in shipping.  Read more...

2012 Leading Edge Green Vessels

World Maritime News. 23rd January 2012.

The Tonbo solar hybrid ferry by Eco Marine Power is listed as one of the most innovative green vessels for 2012.   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
Renewable Energy Solutions for Offshore Applications

Renewable Energy Solutions for Offshore Applications

Marine solar power, batteries, mounting frames and computer systems to be customized for jack-up rigs and offshore platforms. Fukuoka, Japan – 26th April 2017 – As part of an ongoing strategy to bring renewable energy solutions to the maritime sector, Eco Marine Power (EMP) along with its strategic partners will jointly offer products and solutions for offshore applications including offshore wind platforms, oil rigs and jack-up systems. These products and solutions will incorporate marine solar power, ba... Read more
Global Study into use of Wind and Solar Power on Ships

Global Study into use of Wind and Solar Power on Ships

Fukuoka, Japan - 8th February 2017 - In co-operation with several shipping companies and technology partners, Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that it has begun a detailed study focused on the practical applications of its patented EnergySail® and Aquarius MRE® technologies. The study will cover the engineering aspects of installing an EnergySail or Aquarius MRE based solution on a variety of ships and the expected Fuel Oil Consumption (FOC) and CO2 savings that can be achieved in an operational... Read more
Eco Marine Power Granted Patent for Rigid Sail Device

Eco Marine Power Granted Patent for Rigid Sail Device

Innovative rigid sail design able to provide a source of clean power that will aid in the reduction of CO2 emissions in the shipping sectorFukuoka, Japan – 26th October 2016 – Eco Marine Power (EMP) a developer of fuel and emission reduction solutions for ships, is pleased to announce that a patent covering core elements of its EnergySail® technology has been granted by the Japan Patent Office. The granting of this patent will allow for the licensing of the technology to proceed so that commercial production of the... Read more

Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2016 Exhibitor Interview

Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2016 Exhibitor Interview – Eco Marine Power. Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Eco Marine Power (EMP) talks about the company and various R&D projects that are focused on renewable energy solutions for ships. In particular the development of Aquarius MRE (Marine Renewable Energy) is discussed. The patented Aquarius MRE is an advanced integrated system of rigid sails, marine-grade solar panels, energy storage modules and marine computers that will enable ... Read more
Updated Fuel Consumption & Emissions Monitoring Software Released

Updated Fuel Consumption & Emissions Monitoring Software Released

Aquarius MAS on Blue Star Delos upgraded with new software which allows real-time reporting and logging of fuel consumption and emissions Fukuoka, Japan – 22nd July 2016 – As part of the ongoing Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project, Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) installed on Blue Star Delos has been updated with new fuel oil consumption (FOC) and emissions monitoring software. This updated software combined with the Aquarius... Read more
U.S. Patent for Eco Marine Power

U.S. Patent for Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power to Consider Joint Development Projects in the United States Fukuoka, Japan – 4th July 2016 – In another major step towards bringing renewable energy to shipping, Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that it has been granted a United States Patent for technology related to its wind and solar power system for ships – Aquarius MRE. As a result, EMP now intends to explore joint development project opportunities in the United States and is currently considering a number of options. Technologi... Read more
Production of First EnergySail Begins at Factory

Production of First EnergySail Begins at Factory

Automated rigid sail set to bring back wind-assisted propulsion for shipping. Onomichi, Japan – 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 shi... Read more
Marine Solar Power Product Range Announced

Marine Solar Power Product Range Announced

Innovative Solar Power Solutions and Products for Shipping and Maritime Applications Fukuoka, Japan - 16th February 2016 – Eco Marine Power (EMP) today announced that it has finalised its range of marine solar power solutions and related products. The solutions include Aquarius Marine Solar Power and Aquarius MAS + Solar in addition to standalone products such as class-approved marine batteries and marine solar panel frame kits. These products and solutions are suitable for use on ships, offshore platforms and... Read more
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.
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 System, EnergySail & Aquarius Marine Solar Power which reduce fuel consumption, lower noxious gas emissions and deliver cost benefits.

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.

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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