Working Towards a Greener, Lower Emission Future for Shipping!
Green ships, eco ships and vessels that use the power of the wind and sun will play an important role in the decades ahead as world shipping takes measures to reduce fossil fuel consumption and CO2, NOx and SOx emissions.
Eco Marine Power (EMP) is focused on developing solutions to meet this challenge and is involved in a number of research & design related projects to help make shipping more environmentally friendly.
Our current R&D related activities and projects are listed below.
Aquarius Innovation Lab
R&D facility focused on developing sustainable shipping technologies
Our R&D activities are conducted at number of locations including at our design office in Fukuoka, Japan and also at the Aquarius Innovation Lab which is located in Osaka, Japan.
The Aquarius Innovation Lab is a facility focused on the testing and development of technologies that will allow ships to reduce fuel consumption, lower noxious gas emissions and tap into the clean limitless energy of the wind & sun or marine renewable energy.
Current projects ongoing at the lab include testing of the wind power solutions, development of battery management software, evaluation of marine solar panels and testing of additional functions for the Aquarius MAS.
The Aquarius Innovation Lab is am international multi-vendor environment and in addition to several Japanese supplied technologies there are products currently being tested from other countries such as Italy, U.S and the U.K.
The Aquarius MAS lab is also used for technical training and product familiarisation courses.
Onomichi Marine-Tech Test Center
Test and innovation facility focused on marine & ship technologies
The Onomichi Marine-Tech Test Center or Onomichi MTTC is located at the Teramoto Iron Works Chojahara Workshop in Onomichi, Japan.
The center includes a large outdoor evaluation area that will allow for innovative devices such as EMP's EnergySail® to be tested.
In addition other marine renewable energy technologies are evaluated at the center including Aquarius marine solar power solutions. marine grade mounting frames for solar panels, battery racks for ships and wind power devices.
A number of companies are involved in activities at the Onomichi MTTC including The Furukawa Battery Company and KEI System Limited.
The Aquarius Project
Innovative project developing a range of renewable energy solutions for shipping
In mid 2010 a project was started in Japan to develop a commercial system for utilizing wind power and solar energy on-board ocean going vessels. This project and the system have been named "Aquarius" and the product development involves a number of different companies and subject matter experts in several countries. A major focus of this project is the development of Aquarius MRE. (MRE = Marine Renewable Energy)
Aquarius MRE (Patent Granted) 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 carbon footprint of their fleet and employ the system on a variety of ships and vessels.
Aquarius MRE is also 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 incorporate EMP's EnergySail technology, a data logging, control and monitoring computer system (Aquarius MAS), marine grade solar panels and energy storage modules. A prototype version of the system is currently being tested.
For more information please follow this link to the Aquarius Solar and Wind Marine Power System webpage.
The Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project
Evaluation of renewable energy systems & fuel saving technologies
The Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project is a major step forward towards making shipping more sustainable through the use of renewable energy and fuel reduction solutions on-board ships.
The project will evaluate in stages, a number of innovative solutions developed by Eco Marine Power (EMP) and its strategic partners on-board the "Blue Star Delos" – a modern high speed passenger and car ferry owned and operated by the multi-award winning Greek shipping company - Blue Star Ferries of Athens, Greece - a member of Attica Group.
During the initial stages of the project and in a world first on-board a ship, a marine solar power system using flexible lightweight marine grade panels will be integrated with the Aquarius MAS and real time performance monitoring of the solar power array will be conducted.
The Blue Star Delos is currently fitted with a Aquarius MAS + Marine Solar Power trial and evaluation configuration - this includes a KEI 3240 CPU/AGU, ILS hardware, fuel consumption monitoring & emissions calculation software, MPPT charge controllers, a class approved marine battery pack and marine-grade solar panels.
The evaluation of the system is being undertaken by Blue Star Ferries technical team in co-operation with Eco Marine Power and further R&D activities as part of the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project are planned.
In addion to Blue Star Ferries and Eco Marine Power other companies involved in the project include: Triad Ltd (Greece), Furukawa Battery (Japan), Solbian (Italy), KEI System (Japan) and Teramoto Iron Works (Japan).
For more information about Blue Star Ferries and the domestic routes they operate in Greece please visit their website: Blue Star Ferries
A paper related to the trials on-board Delos has also been published and can be accessed via:
Analysis of marine solar power trials on Blue Star Delos - Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology. Published online: 10th November 2016
Aquarius Eco Ship
Low emission vision of future ship design incorporating a range of fuel saving technologies
The Aquarius Eco Ship is a revolutionary design concept which combines EMP's Aquarius MRE System and EnergySail technologies with other fuel saving and emission reduction technologies (such as air lubrication) into an integrated solution for ships such as bulk carriers, oil tankers, cargo ships, passenger ferries & survey vessels.
This combination of technologies including computer control & management systems developed by EMP & KEI System are expected to deliver annual fuel savings of around 40% (depending on the vessel type and route) and significantly reduce the emission of harmful & greenhouse gases from ships including particulate matter.
Variations of the Aquarius Eco Ship design concept can also be applied to other vessels such as container ships, naval vessels, car carriers and un-manned surface vessels.
The Aquarius Eco Ship is the pathway to cleaner, lower emission shipping!
For further details please see our Aquarius Eco Ship webpage.
Tonbo Solar Hybrid Marine Ferry & Medaka Eco Commuter Ferry
Low emission water transport solutions for sustainable cities
The 'Tonbo' design project aims to bring together the latest in hybrid marine power (HMP) systems with the latest solar panel, power management and battery technologies. The vessel would also be fitted with the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS).
The pre-study project was started in late 2010 and the detailed design phase of this project is currently underway.
The Tonbo vessel will be suitable for operation on rivers, bays or lakes and be capable of cruising at low speeds purely on solar-electric power alone.
For more information about the Tonbo please follow this link to the Tonbo Solar Hybrid Propulsion Ferry webpage.
The 'Medaka' is a eco-solar ferry being developed for urban waterways with the aim of producing a cost effective commuter vessel that can operate emissions free.
This study project was started in 2011.
For more information about the Medaka please follow this link: Medaka Eco Solar Ferry
Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV)
Renewable energy powered USV for multiple missions
The Aquarius USV will utilise a range of renewable energy technologies in order to allow the vessel to stay on at sea longer or operate in stealth mode if required.
A variation of the design will also include EMP's EnergySail technology.
Typical missions or roles for this unmanned vessel may include marine surveys, port patrols, surveillance of marine parks and clean-up of urban waterways.
To read more about this innovative vessel please see the Aquarius USV webpage
Please note: Aquarius MRE, EnergySail, Aquarius MAS & Aquarius USV are trademarks of Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd.