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Innovation for Shipping and Marine Applications

Technologies include our patent pending EnergySail® - a rigid sail system for ships, class-approved marine batteries and the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS).

Aquarius MRE System (Under Development)

Aquarius MRE by Eco Marine PowerThe patented Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System or Aquarius MRE is a combined wind power and solar power for ships. It incorporares a range of technologies from Eco Marine Power and its strategic partners including the EnergySail and a computer system known as the EnergySail ACS (Automated Control System) which has been jointly developed with KEI System.

The system is designed to be adaptable to a wide range of ships types thus providing ship owners a combined wind and solar power solution which will reduce fuel costs and vessel emissions.

The Aquarius MRE System by Eco Marine Power is an innovative approach to using wind and solar power together on ships and the technology will help make world shipping greener and cleaner in the years ahead.

Marine Computer Control Systems

The Aquarius MRE System & EnergySail will both utilise a marine-grade computer control system developed jointly by KEI System and Eco Marine Power. These robust and flexible ginga04_kei_systemcomputer systems will automatically position an EnergySail or an array of EnergySail's so that they can best utilise the available wind or solar power. The computer control systems also include a touch screen panel which can be located on the ship's bridge or engine control room plus a number of remote panels for monitoring and control purposes.

The KEI 340 computer platform has been installed on hundreds of vessels and has proven itself to be a reliable and robust platform ideally suited for marine applications.

Aquarius MAS & KEI 3240 Data Logger

The Aquarius Monitoring and Automation System or Aquarius MASTM is an integrated marine computer system which combines the features of the KEI 3240 Data logger with new functions to monitor renewable energy solutions on-board ships and calculate emissions.

This system will for example, be able to monitor and record the amount of clean energy being harnessed by the solar panels on a ship and compare this to fuel use. This information can be recorded and then later analysed along with a wide range of other performance data in order to fine-tune operational performance.

The KEI 3240 Data Logger is a highly flexible & robust marine computer based system that collects and stores various performance data including engine and generator power.  Hundreds of ships have already been fitted with the KEI 3240 Data Logger and the systKEI 3240 Data Loggerem has proven its reliability over many years. The KEI 3240 Data Logger can be installed on a variety of ships such as tug boats, cargo vessels & bulk carriers.

It can also be retrofitted to ships already in operation or installed for example as part of a hybrid marine propulsion or power upgrade. 

The use of the Aquarius Monitoring and Automation System (MAS) will  in the near future also provide a ship's crew and/or shore based management team with information regarding by how much fuel consumption is being reduced through the use of the Aquarius MRE System, EnergySail and/or hybrid propulsion.

Additionally the Aquarius MAS is a part of the hybrid marine power system for the Tonbo Hybrid Ferry and incorporated into the solar-electric propulsion system for the Medaka Eco Commuter Ferry. As well it is planned to incorporate this highly adaptable system into other projects including AquariusUSV.

The Aquarius MAS and KEI 3240 Data Logger can also be used as a stand-alone monitoring & data recording system either retro-fitted to existing vessel or for installation ships under construction. Read more...


The EnergySail (patent pending) has been designed by Eco Marine Power and is unlike any other sail - it can be used even when a ship is at anchor or in port and has been designed to withstand high winds or sudden micro-bursts. The EnergySail can also be fitted with a range of renewable energy technologies such as solar panels or wind power devices.Impression of EnergySail Array

The EnergySail can be incorporated into the design of a wide variety of ships from large Capesize bulk ore carriers to naval and coastguard patrol ships. A variation of the EnergySail that is suitable for Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV's) and smaller ships such as passenger ferries or fishing vessels is also being developed. 

The EnergySail is configurable so that in can suit the operational profile of a vessel. For example the number & type of solar panels can be easily changed or a variety of other devices can be fitted to the EnergySail. This flexible nature of the EnergySail design will also allow for it to be upgraded during the life-cycle of the ship or vessel it is fitted to.


Flexible Marine Solar Panels

Flexible Marine Solar Panel

To harness the the power of the sun on ships and vessels, Eco Marine Power and Solbian Energie Alternative Srl of Italy are working together to develop and promote solutions using flexible marine solar panels.

The Solbian product, in its various versions, is a light, flexible and impact resistant PV module, which can even be walked upon. Lightness and flexibility make Solbian modules particularly suited to marine sustainable mobility applications.

The use of lightweight polymer films instead of traditional glass allows new applications for the proven technology of crystalline silicon cells. The careful choice of materials and their thickness creates the right balance between protection of thin photovoltaic cells and the creation of a flexible and light case.

The polymers used are also characterised by high resistance to weathering, enabling certification according to IEC 61215 and 61730, a guarantee of long life even under the most extreme conditions, such as on racing yachts where the Solbian technology was applied for the first time. Solbian Energie Alternative has also been certified to comply ISO 9001:2008, OHSAS 18001 & ISO 14001 -a new step in quality control.



Battery Technologies for Marine Renewable Energy Applications

In co-operation with our strategic partner - The Furukawa Battery Company, our marine solar power and renewable energy solutions incorporate a range of battery technologies and battery types.Furukawa Battery UB-50

These high quality and reliable batteries have been accepted for use on classed vessels by ClassNK (Japan) and are ideally suited for renewable energy applications on ships or on land.

Furukawa Battery also manufacture batteries for auto-mobiles, motorcycles, electric powered vehicles, stationary use, trains, aircraft, portable use and solar power generation systems.




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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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