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Innovation for Shipping and Marine Applications

Technologies for low emission and low CO2 shipping include our patent pending EnergySail® - a rigid sail system for ships, class-approved marine batteries and the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS).

Aquarius MRE®

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 incorporates 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 MASTM & 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...

 

EnergySail®

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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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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