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The Winds are Changing

Dry Bulk Magazine - Summer 2018.

The winds are changingIn recent years there has been a clear shift towards reducing harmful exhaust emissions from the world’s merchant shipping fleet. From January 2020, the sulfur limit for fuel oil used on ships will be 0.5% m/m (mass by mass). This, combined with a growing trend towards more sustainable practices in the shipping industry, is encouraging many ship owners to consider alternative and cleaner sources of propulsion and power on their ships..

One obvious source of clean power for ships is the wind and in 2012 a development project was started in Japan to address the limitations of earlier JAMDA sails, plus bring in new concepts and automation technologies 2Mb PDF

Solar Power Could Reinvent the Shipping Industry—If We Let It

NOVA Next. PBS. 18th April. 2018.

Around 100,000 large cargo ships regularly crisscross the world’s oceans, delivering cargo from point A to point B. In doing so, they burn through a staggering amount of fuel—around 250 million tons annually. There are clear real-world repercussions: the industry is the world’s sixth-largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions (at 800 million tons annually), and its pollution has been pegged to 60,000 cardiopulmonary and lung cancer deaths each year. Read more...

New Ship With Rigid Solar Sails Harnesses the Power of Sun and Wind at the Same Time

Futurism. January 26, 2018

In 2019 the world’s first solar energy sails will be put to the test. Called EnergySails, the technology should enable ships to use both solar and wind energy at the same time. The sails were developed by Japanese renewable energy systems company Eco Marine Power (EMP) as part of a larger project known as Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy. EMP is working on alongside other strategic partners and Japanese ship owner Hisafuku Kisen K.K to equip bulk carrier ships with the technology that, according to EMP, is an “advanced integrated system of rigid sails, marine-grade solar panels, energy storage modules, and marine computers.” EMP said the its project will enable ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun. Read more...

The Aquarius: Powering Ships with Renewable Energy

NauticExpo eMagazine - September 15, 2017

Aquarius MRE on Oil TankerJapan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) plans to set sell in 2018 with its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) solution. It’s the world’s first combination of a rigid sail and solar power system for ships using EMP’s patented technologies, including EnergySail. After finding strategic partners with the necessary skills for such a complex, multi-year development project, EMP will integrate its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy system into a vessel owned by Hisafuku Kisen K.K. of Onomichi, Japan. At the heart of the system is the EnergySail, a rigid sail that can incorporate a number of renewable energy technologies and be installed on a wide variety of ships, including tankers and cruise liners. Read more...

Radical ship with solar panel 'sails' that rotate to face the sun to set sail next year

Daily Mail Online - 27th July 2017

A ship with renewable energy panels instead of sails is set for trials next year. The EnergySail, a rigid sail that sits on a pole and rotates to harness both wind and solar energy, could help lower toxic gas and carbon emissions. The EnergySail can also be used when a ship is at anchor or in port and can withstand high winds, and could help reduce fuel costs. Read more...

Rigid solar EnergySail set for sea trials next year

New Atlas - July 25th 2017

Eco Marine Power is preparing to put its rigid solar energy sails through their paces next year. Unlike some other proposals for reviving the use of sails in commercial shipping, the EnergySail from Eco Marine Power (EMP) can harness the power of the wind and sun at the same time, for high-efficiency transport on the high seas. Read more...

Onboard renewable power study

The Motorship - 9th February 2017

Renewable power technology expert Eco Marine Power (EMP) has begun a detailed study on the practical applications of its EnergySail and Aquarius MRE technologies onboard ships, in conjunction with several industry partners.The study will cover the engineering aspects of installing the technologies onboard a variety of ships and the expected Fuel Oil Consumption (FOC) and CO2 savings achievable during operations. Energy storage options will also be studied, including the possible use of fuel cells. Read more...

Interview at Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo

UKIP Media and Events - June 2016

Greg Atkinson, chief executive officer, Eco Marine Power, Japan, talks about the company, which is leading a number of R&D projects focused on developing cost-effective commercial solutions for utilising wind power and solar energy on vessels such as bulk ore carriers, cargo ships, oil tankers, passenger ferries, USVs and naval frigates. Link to Video

Production of First EnergySail Begins at Factory

Maritime Executive - 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 ships to utilize the power of the wind to reduce fuel consumption and lower vessel emissions. It can also be fitted with flexible marine-grade solar panels or other devices and used to charge batteries or the electrical power can be fed into EMP's Aquarius MAS + Solar solution. Read more...

Ferry's Bunker Saving Solar System Recognised With Energy Efficiency Award

Ship and Bunker - 11th January, 2016

The use of a bunker saving solar energy system aboard the Greek ferry Blue Star Delos, owned and operated by Attica Group subsidiary Blue Star Maritime S.A. (Blue Star Ferries), has helped its owner to a Silver Award at the Energy Mastering Awards 2015 event under the category of Energy Efficiency Management - Means of Public Transport, the company has announced.

Blue Star Ferries says the award was received for the company's Blue Star Ferries Innovative Renewable Energy Sources plan, which it has developed alongside Japan's Eco Marine Power (EMP) and KEI System. Read more...

Wind/Solar Ship Power System Earns Patent

MarineLink.com - 12th October, 2015

eco_ship_mre_solar_1_440x265Eco Marine Power's (EMP) Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System, a wind and solar power solution for ships, has been granted a patent in Japan, paving way for commercial production.

The Aquarius MRE System is an integrated system of rigid sails, solar panels, energy storage modules and marine computer platforms that will enable ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun. Read more...

Solar Focus in Further Development of Renewable Marine Energy System

Ship and Bunker - 12th October, 2015

Aquarius Marine Solar Power on Blue Star DelosEco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is focusing on the solar component of its wind and solar marine propulsion system, as the Japan-based company moves towards commercialisation of its Aquarius MRE renewable energy solution, Greg Atkinson, EMP's Director & Chief Technology Officer, has told Ship & Bunker.  In October 2014 EMP installed its fuel-saving management and automation system, Aquarius MAS, along with an integrated solar panel array on the Greek ferry Blue Star Delos.  Read more...

Sea trial success for solar solution

The Motorship - 2nd June 2015

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has reported successful sea trials for its Aquarius solar power solution and MAS management and automation system onboard high-speed car and passenger ferry 'Blue Star Delos'.During two days of testing and evaluation on 17-19 May the system was assessed by both EMP and Blue Star Ferries technical personnel as part of the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project. Read more...

Industry Insight: Hybrid Wind Marine Propulsion Systems, a 200 Year Old Idea

Ship and Bunker - 29th May, 2015

On May 24, 1819 the SS Savannah made history as the first wind power hybrid steamship to cross the Atlantic. The journey from her namesake city in Georgia, US, to Liverpool, England, took 29 days. While she only used steam power for 90 hours of that time, the potential for hybrid marine power had been shown. Read more...

Aquarius Marine Solar Power Gets Class Approval

World Maritime News - 14th April, 2015

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has received acceptance from Japan's classification society ClassNK for its Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution as installed on classed vessels.Eco Marine Power will now move forward and release two marine solar power packages: Aquarius Marine Solar Power and Aquarius MAS + Solar – with the latter including additional hardware and software that allows the system to perform functions such as fuel oil consumption monitoring. Read more...

Eco Marine Power’s environment-friendly ships

EURObiZ Japan - February 2015

E.E. Cummings once wrote: “for whatever we lose, it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.” In today’s world, that quote can take on a rather different meaning. According to an article in The Guardian, recent data suggests that just 15 of the world’s biggest ships emit as much pollution as all of the world’s cars combined. In Japan, one of the world’s busiest shipping nations, that could translate into major health and environmental problems. Read more...

Industry Insight: Wind and Solar Power Close to a Commercial Reality?

Ship and Bunker - Tuesday 4th November 2014

"We won't see sails on oil tankers or container ships any time soon." That's what one delegate told Ship & Bunker earlier this year at the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA)'s 2014 annual conference. And they certainly are not alone in that view.

But one person working hard to change all that is Greg Atkinson, Director at Japan's Eco Marine Power (EMP). The company is developing a number of sustainable shipping technologies that harnesses both wind and solar power, and over the last few years has been making steady progress towards a commercial system. Read more...

Greek ferry powers forward with solar project

Passenger Ship Technology - 4th Quarter 2014

Blue Star Ferries is to trial renewable energy technology using solar panels integrated with a monitoring system on its high speed passenger and car vessel Blue Star Delos. Download Article (1.5Mb PDF)


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


実証済みハイブリッド技術を搭載したUB-50-12バッテリーパック、船舶およびオフショアプラットフォーム用に完成   2018年6月29日、福岡 - エコマリンパワー社(EMP)は、戦略的パートナーである古河電池(株)と(株)寺本鉄工所の協力を得て、船舶やオフショアおよび陸上の再生可能エネルギープロジェクト用に、UB-50-12 ハイブリッドバッテリーパックの販売を開始したと、本日発表しました。この安全で信頼性のあるリサイクル可能なバッテリーパックは、2.4kWh と 3.6kWh の二つ構成で提供されます。小規模の設置から大規模なエネルギー貯蔵プロジェクトに必要なエネルギー貯蔵量を提供するために、複数のバッテリーパックを同時に取り付けることができます。 バッテリーパックには、古河電池社が提供するUltraBattery®(UB)技術と、寺本鉄工所とエコマリンパワー社が共同開発するバッテリーラックシステムが組み込まれています。このバッテリーラックシステムは、スケーラブルで、EMP社の再生可能エネルギープロジェクトの経験に基づいた設計により簡単に組み立てることができます。各バッテリーパックには、UB-5... 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
エコマリンパワー社、Aquarius エコシップ プロジェクトを拡大

エコマリンパワー社、Aquarius エコシップ プロジェクトを拡大

革新的な低排気船デザインプロジェクトを、より多くの技術と企業へ開放 2018年4月19日、福岡 – エコマリンパワー株式会社(EMP)は、Aquarius エコシップTMプロジェクトの適用範囲を拡大し、この革新的な低排気船デザインイニシアチブに新しい企業に参画いただく計画を発表しました。計画の一環として、燃料電池、空気潤滑システム、電気推進など、より幅広い技術を研究し、また、プロジェクトに間接的に関係している船主が、より直接的に参加できるように招待します。 Aquarius エコシップのコンセプトデザインは、Aquarius MRE®を使用して、風力と太陽のパワーを活用するために、ばら積み運搬船、石油タンカー、RoRo船、クルーズ船など大型の外洋航行船の設計を最適化することに焦点を当てた、現在進行中の包括的研究です。この研究は2011年5月にエコマリンパワー株式会社(EMP)が開始し、世界的な関心を集めています。   Aquarius エコシップの中心部はAquarius MRE(Marine Renewable Energy:船舶用再生可能エネルギー)です。Aquari... Read more
Star Bulk 社とエコマリンパワー社が再生可能エネルギーの研究を開始

Star Bulk 社とエコマリンパワー社が再生可能エネルギーの研究を開始

Aquarius MREに関する技術を既存船と新造船に導入する可能性に焦点をあてた共同研究 2018年3月21日、福岡 – エコマリンパワー(EMP)社は、再生可能エネルギーソリューションを船舶に引き続き注力する一環として、EMP社の技術を、既存および新造のバルク貨物船に使用する可能性に焦点をあてた共同研究プロジェクトの基本合意書(MOU)を、Star Bulk SA(Star Bulk)社と締結したことを発表しました。 Star Bulk社とEMP社の共同研究では、既存船や新造船にソーラーパネルやバッテリー、その他各種機器を設置する方法についての技術的な案件を扱う予定です。また、選択したルートや特定の船種に応じた再生可能エネルギーによる電力量の見積もりも行います。燃料消費量(FOC)と排出ガス削減量も計算し、貨物取扱いなどの安全性や船舶運行に関連する問題についても考慮します。 株式会社寺本鉄工所と古河電池株式会社も、カスタマイズされたバッテリーラックと自己完結型の船舶用バッテリーハウジングモジュールの両方を使用する船舶に、バッテリーを取り付けるための最良の選択肢などの案... Read more


エコマリンパワー社による工場検査、評価試運転および試験を経て認定取得 平成30年2月19日 福岡 – エコマリンパワー株式会社(EMP)は本日、船舶および海洋構造物用バッテリーの供給業者として、古河電池株式会社を正式に認定したことを発表しました。この認定は、ハイブリッド制御弁式鉛「UltraBattery®」を含んだバッテリー技術の範囲におよびます。 古河電池社とEMP社は、2014年に協力関係が始まり、共同事業の「ブルースターデロス再生可能エネルギープロジェクト」では、古河電池社がFC-38-12バッテリーパックを高速フェリー・ブルースターデロス船に提供しました。それ以来、二社の協力関係は、UltraBattery® シリーズを含む、その他のバッテリー技術の評価におよぶ範囲まで拡大しています。最近、最初の船舶用UB-50-12バッテリーパックが製作されました。これらの高品質で安全なバッテリーは、再生可能エネルギープロジェクトに理想的であり、長いサイクル寿命を備えています。 認定の過程には、バッテリーの型式ごとに日本海事協会からの承認、古河電池社の今市開発センター(栃木県日光市)での検査、IS... Read more
エコマリンパワー社と寺本鉄工所が 特許ライセンス契約に署名

エコマリンパワー社と寺本鉄工所が 特許ライセンス契約に署名

  2018年1月23日、福岡 – エコマリンパワー株式会社(EMP)は、同社の EnergySail® および Aquarius MRE® 技術に関連する特許について、株式会社寺本鉄工所と特許ライセンス契約を締結したと発表しました。 寺本鉄工所は、硬帆の生産経験があり、1980年代にJAMDA帆の製造に携わった数少ない企業の1社です。2016年にはEMP社の EnergySail 生産バージョンの製造を任されることが決まっており、このライセンス契約により、海上試運転が完了した時点で、完全な商用生産への道が開かれることになります。 特許取得済みの EnergySail は、風力を利用することで船舶の燃料消費量を削減し、船舶排出量を低減することを可能にする自動化された硬帆装置です。また、フレキシブルなマリングレードのソーラーパネルやその他の機器を取り付けることができ、船舶の電力システムで使用される電力やバッテリーの充電に使うことができます。その他にも、EnergySail アレイを EMP社のAquarius MRE(船舶用再生可能エネルギー)ソリューションに組み込むこともできます。 このライセンス契約の締結につい... 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プロジェクト、船主と海上試運転の準備へ

Aquarius MREプロジェクト、船主と海上試運転の準備へ

世界初、特許を持つ硬帆とソーラーパワーシステムを2018年中に展開 2017年7月26日、福岡 - エコマリンパワー株式会社(EMP社)は、戦略的パートナーおよび、船主である久福汽船株式会社(尾道市)と協力して、Aquarius MRE (船舶用再生可能エネルギー)ソリューションの海上試運転の準備を開始したと発表しました。これによりEMP社のEnergySail®などの特許技術を使用した硬帆およびソーラーパワーの統合システムが、世界で初めて搭載されることになります。これは海運業界にとって、より持続可能な未来に向けた大きな前進であり、沿岸の貨物船からばら積み鉱石運送船やクルーズ船まで、より広範にEMP社のソリューションが展開するようになると期待されています。   M/V Belgrano - Aquarius MRE System候補船の1つ 現在、Belgrano船、Nord Gemini船、Bulk Chile船を含む数隻の大型ばら積み貨物船に関するフィージビリティ・スタディを実施しています。EnergySail配列によって得られる推進力の推定値は、各船... Read more
エコマリンパワー社、Aquarius MAS+Solarの供給に関する覚書を締結

エコマリンパワー社、Aquarius MAS+Solarの供給に関する覚書を締結

含まれるソリューションはマリンソーラーパワー、コンピューターシステム、データログパッケージ 福岡 – 2017年5月18日 – エコマリンパワー株式会社 (EMP) は本日、Aquarius MAS(管理&自動化システム)+ Solarソリューションの提供に関して、シンガポールの海運会社と覚書を締結したと発表しました。このソリューションには、燃料消費量をリアルタイムで監視し、NOx / SOx / CO2排出量を自動的に計算し、マリンソーラーパワーシステムとのインタフェースを可能にするハードウェアおよびソフトウェアも含まれます。 当初は1隻の船にAquarius MAS + Solarソリューションを設置し、その性能を共同で評価して行きます。 Aquarius MASは、費用効率の高い燃料消費量監視、警報処理、データログラットフォームで、様々な船舶に適しています。 このシステムは、タグボート、訓練船、タンカー、ばら積み鉱石運搬船など多数の船舶に既に使用されている信頼性の高い頑丈なKEI3240データロガーを基にしています。EMP社のマリンソーラーパワーソリューションは、船舶用コンピューター、バッテリー... 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, EnergySail & Aquarius Marine Solar Power. These solutions 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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