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Aquarius MRE

Integrated Wind and Solar Power System for Sustainable Shipping

Rigid sail & solar power technologies to reduce fuel consumption and ship emissions

World shipping is a major source of airborne pollution and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) as the movement of seaborne trade across the world requires vast amounts of bunker oil and other fossil fuels to be consumed by ships of all sizes. But as more focus is placed upon reducing CO2 emissions and living in a more sustainable way, it is clear that changes will have to be made to the propulsion and power systems on-board modern vessels.

Aquarius MRE on TankerWind power and solar energy are already popular sources of clean renewable energy on land, so Eco Marine Power is working with a number of development partners on an international project to develop Aquarius MRE® (Marine Renewable Energy) - a system which will allow ships  to be powered in a greener and more eco-friendly way by using these limitless sources of energy.

Aquarius MRE can be incorporated into existing ship designs as shown on the right or be integrated into future designs such as the Aquarius Eco Ship concept which is also being developed by Eco Marine Power.

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 ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun. The array of rigid sails will be automatically positioned by a computer system to best suit the prevailing weather conditions and can be lowered and stored when not in use or in bad weather.

The rigid sails are based on EMP's EnergySail® technology and these renewable energy devices can even be used when a ship is at anchor or in harbour. Each EnergySail can be configured with a mix of sensors, photovoltaic panels or other power generation devices. Clearly the EnergySail is unlike any other sail.


Aquarius MRE System Technologies

Reduced Fossil Fuel Consumption and Less Noxious Gas Emissions

Aquarius MRE will significantly reduce a ships fuel consumption and noxious gas emissions.  In addition ship owners and operators will be able to reduce the CO2 footprint of their fleet and employ the solution on a variety of ship and vessel types.

EnergySail Test Station
EnergySail Test Station at Teramoto Iron Works

When a ship is at anchor or in port, batteries approved for use on marine vessels can provide an alternative source of power - thereby reducing the fuel used by auxiliary generators. In certain situations it will also be possible for a ship to operate emission free when in port which will become an increasingly important capability as port authorities implement strict airborne emission control regulations.

Aquarius MRE is designed for ships that operate at sea and is not a solution that has been designed for small small vessels and simply scaled up. Ships that operate at sea differ in design from smaller vessels that operate on bays and on harbours, therefore a wind & solar power system for ocean going ships has to be one that is designed for that purpose. Aquarius MRE is that type of solution.

Although this cutting-edge system is being initially designed for large ships, much of the technology being developed will also be suitable for smaller vessels such as coastal freighters, small passenger ferries, tourist boats and Unmanned Surface Vessels. (USV's) Elements of the system are also suitable for offshore marine use and for land-based renewable energy projects.

A study is also being conducted to determine if it would be feasible to use the system on naval and government vessels such as patrol ships and marine survey vessels.

Key features of Aquarius MRE include patented technology, ease of use, robust design, fully automated control system, attractive Return on Investment (ROI) and reliable operation.

Aquarius MRE by Eco Marine Power is an innovative approach to using wind and solar power together on ships and the technology will help reduce fossil fuel consumption and noxious emissions across the global shipping sector.

For more about the thinking behind 'Aquarius' and our approach to alternative propulsion and power systems for ships please read: A Marine Renewable Energy Solution for Modern Ships.


Innovation & Co-Operation

The development of the system includes the development of a computer system and a control system architecture to integrate the Aquarius MRE System with other equipment and systems on-board ships. The development project also involves a number of companies working as strategic partners with Eco Marine Power including KEI System, Teramoto Iron Works & The Furukawa Battery Company.


Teramoto Iron Works
Teramoto Iron Works (Onomichi, Japan) - Authorized manufacturer of EnergySail and test center for Aquarius MRE. Also manufacturer of marine grade solar panel frames and battery frames for marine batteries.


KEI System

KEI System (Osaka, Japan) - Co-developer of EnergySail Automated Control System (ACS) and supplier of marine computer systems including data loggers.


Furukawa Battery
The Furukawa Battery Company (Yokohama, Japan) - Manufacturer of marine batteries and energy storage. Batteries approved for use on ships include the Ultra Battery and Furukawa Cycle Power series.

Aquarius MRE Key Features


Further Information

See: Aquarius MRE FAQ

Aquarius MRE (Patented) & EnergySail (Patented) are registered trademarks of Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd.

Aquarius Eco ShipTM concept design by Greg Atkinson (Eco Marine Power) All Rights Reserved.



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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
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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