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The Aquarius MRE System: A Marine Renewable Energy Solution for Modern Ships

EEWeb. December 2011.

Article in EEWeb (Electrical Engineering Community) about the technology behind the Aquarius wind & solar power system for ships including the control system and energy storage.   Read more...

Dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

Marine Reporter & Engineering News. November 2011.

A modern approach towards using renewable energy on ships. Article by Greg Atkinson of Eco Marine Power explaining the background behind the Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System.   Download Article

Will Corvus’ Lithium Batteries Float Eco Marine Power's Solar Wind Sails?

Greentech Media. 30th September 2011.

Cutting-edge renewables entrepreneurs are in pursuit of innovative ways to combine wind and solar energies. Eco Marine Power, in the process of designing and developing its Aquarius combined solar-wind system to drive ocean-going diesel-powered freighters, just jumped ahead of the curve by adding state-of-the-art energy storage.   Read more...

‘Solar sails’ for cargo ships

SmartPlanet. 1st September 2011.

Turanor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest boat to cruise the seas on 100% sun power, just made its way through the China Sea. To the northeast in Japan, however, a different take on solar-powered sea travel is in the works, one focused on even bigger boats. Fukuoka-based company Eco Marine Power is developing a way to bring solar power and the old nautical standby wind power to tankers, cargo ships and other sea-faring vessels.   Read more...

Greening the High Seas

Discovery News. 31st August 2011.

Out at sea, there's no shortage of wind and sun, so why not have ships put them to good use? As part of their Aquarius System, Japanese company Eco Marine Power has begun developing rigid wind and solar sail panels for large ships, such as shipping vessels. Currently in the design phase the "sails" would allow ships to harness wind and solar energy as an alternative source of fuel, reducing its fuel consumption and lowering its greenhouse gas emissions.   Read more...

Solar Panels Act As Sails for Shipping Vessels

Care2. 30th August 2011.

An innovative concept of using solar panels as both sails and photovoltaic energy producers on ships is moving forward to the “detailed design” phase, according to developer Eco Marine Power. The Fukuoka, Japan-based company is promoting its concept as a way for shipping lines to green up their operations.  Read more...

Design work begins on Aquarius solar array

Baird Maritime. 23rd August 2011.

Eco Marine Power (EMP), based in Fukuoka, Japan, has begun work on the detailed design of its Aquarius System wind and solar sail panel. The Aquarius System is being developed by EMP in co-operation with a number of development partners. The panel or rigid sail will be used to harness wind and solar energy, which will then be used to help power a ship, reducing fuel consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases.   Read more...

Solar Panel Sails Move To Design Phase.

Earth Techling. 22nd August 2011.

An innovative concept of using solar panels as both sails and photovoltaic energy producers on ships is moving forward to the “detailed design” phase, according to developer Eco Marine Power. The Fukuoka, Japan-based company is promoting its concept as a way for shipping lines to green up their operations.  Read more...

Interview with Greg Atkinson, Director of Eco Marine Power

EEWeb Electrical Engineering Community. 30th July 2011.

Discussion regarding renewable energy technologies being developed for shipping including the Tonbo solar-electric hybrid ferry and the Aquarius wind & solar power system. Read more...

Sustainable Shipping awards shortlist of nominees announced

Sustainable Shipping News. 1st June 2011.

The shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Sustainable Shipping Awards, to be held at an industry ceremony in London in July, has been revealed. Read more...

Eco Marine Power Launches Eco Ship Study

Hellenic Shipping News. 13th May 2011.

Eco Marine Power (EMP) yesterday announced that it has commenced a study to investigate how its Aquarius wind and solar marine power system could be incorporated into a future eco ship specifically designed to minimise fuel consumption and reduce noxious gas emissions. Read more...

Ecomarine Power to launch dragonfly-inspired solar-electric vessel in 2012

Ecoseed. 12th May 2011.

Eco Marine Power, a Japan-based company that develops solar, wind and electric marine power and propulsion systems, will launch its Tonbo Hybrid Marine Power solar-electric vessel next year. Read more...

Eco Marine Power starts development of eco solar ferry Medaka

Ecoseed. 28th April 2011.

Eco Marine Power Ltd., a Japan-based company that develops solar, wind and electric marine power and propulsion systems, will be developing a solar ferry called Medaka, which will cater to water commuters. Read more...

Solar Sail Technology the Powering Force behind International Shipping

Emerging Technology News. 28th February 2011.

Ships have been crossing the ocean for a long time, originally harnessing the power of the wind in their sales, and then using fossil fuels to power tankers which give off carbon emissions and contribute to global warming. But now solar sail technology has been introduced to the shipping industry, which uses energy from the sun to power the ship for a more eco-friendly way of getting from port to port. Read more...

Wind-Powered Cargo Ships Make a Comeback

Clean Technica. 28th February 2011.

Sailing ships once carried much of the world’s cargo across the seas, until canvas sheets were replaced by low-grade “bunker” oil. Now it appears that wind power is about to make a comeback, in the form of rigid “sails” that double as solar panels. The patent-pending technology, called the Aquarius Solar and Wind Marine Power System, is being developed by a company called Eco Marine Power. The dream of a high tech, sustainable energy cargo ship has been percolating for a number of years now, but it hasn’t caught on in a big way, so let’s see if this new system is The One. Read More...

Eco Marine Power Developing Solar Sails to Power Ships

inhabitat.com. 25th Feburary 2011.

Traditionally wind power has enabled man to travel the seas, but in recent years, fossil fuels and nuclear power have taken over. However, Japanese company Eco Marine Power are harking back to days of yore, but this time with a renewable energy twist. The energy firm has developed rigid sails that are installed with solar models and the system, called The Aquarius, is able to collect both solar and wind energy to power ships. Read more...

Eco Marine Power Unveils Tonbo- Hybrid Vessel

Marine Insight. 26th January 2011.

Eco Marine Power in collaboration with partner firms have come up with a design for a hybrid vessel that comprises within it, both Eco- friendly marine technology as well the newest in green technology. This hybrid ship, to be called the Tonbo, uses the latest in lithium battery technology among other features to improve efficacy of the vessel. The ship uses a solar panel on the roof to charge the lithium batteries, thereby exemplifying its pro- environmental capabilities. Read More...



 
         
 

 
 
 
 
 
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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