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Joint project on renewable energy

Ship and Offshore - October | November 2014

Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) has announced the start of a joint project with Blue Star Ferries to deploy and evaluate a range of innovative renewable energy technologies including the Aquarius Management and Automation System MAS, which has an integrated marine solar power system. Download Article (105kb PDF)

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Greg Atkinson: Innovation and autonomy

The Motorship - 4th August 2014

The potential presented by driverless vehicles, whether cars or aerial drones, is beginning to capture both headlines and imagination so Greg Atkinson of Eco Marine Power tells Stevie Knight that he knew the topic of unmanned ships would not be far away. Read more...

Unmanned Surface Vessel Concept Heading for Prototype Construction

gCaptain - 27th May 2014

emp_aquarius_usv_2014_3With all the talk of aerial drones and cars that drive themselves these days, we knew it was only a matter of time until the use of unmanned ships came into the conversation.

Now, one company, Japan's Eco Marine Power (EMP), says they are moving beyond just talking, announcing today that they will begin work related to the construction of a prototype for their unmanned surface vessel (USV) concept, the details of which have just been released. Read more...

Japanese alliance to provide green marine technology

Marine & Offshore Technology - 13th May 2014

EMP will gain access to a production base and testing centre in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, one of Japan's most important shipbuilding areas, through an alliance Teramoto Iron Works. Read more...

Industry Insight: EMP Makes First Public Display of Sustainable Shipping Technologies & Concepts

Ship and Bunker - 28th April 2014

Earlier this month at Sea Japan 2014, Eco Marine Power (EMP) made the first public display of a number of its bunker saving technologies and concepts that it hopes will help vessels of all types make the move to renewable energy.  Read more...

A step closer to hybrid power for large ships

The Motorship - 19th February 2014

Eco Marine Power (EMP) of Japan says that its rigid sail technology for ships, known as EnergySail, has successfully concluded function testing at the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, supported by JSMEA (Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association)  Read more...

Bunker Saving Rigid Sail Technology Being Readied for Sea Trials

Ship and Bunker - 20th January 2014

Japan's Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP), the developer of wind and solar power ship propulsion systems, has announced its "EnergySail" rigid sail technology is being readied for sea trials having passed a range of function tests at its Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka.   Read more...

Robust automation, control and management system for marine renewable energy solutions

Ship and Offshore - July | August 2013

ship_offshore_2013b_small_iconJapanese companies Eco Marine Power and KEI System Ltd have annouced the release of the Aquarius monitoring & automation system (MAS) - a marine computer system to monitor and control equipment such as wind and solar power devices as well as fuel consumption.

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Powering the Eco-Trend

Ship Technology Global - Issue 7 - June 2013

With its Aquarius MRE system, Eco Marine Power is planning to help large vessels tap into solar and wind power to reduce their emissions. We investigate the inner workings of Aquarius. Click to read the full article.

Eco Marine Power: Sustainable shipping technology

Maritime CEO. May 2013.

Fukuoka: Japan is well known for its green tech prowess. Concept designs from the big companies such as NYK and MOL often look like Hollywood sci-fi creations. Nearly three-year-old Eco Marine Power is one of a number of companies in the country coming up with environmentally novel and creative solutions for ships. The difference with this firm is that one of its founders comes from another nation that prizes a clean environment, Australia.  Read more...

Medaka Featured in Robban Assafina Magazine

January-February Edition 2013.

Robban Assafina is a Bimonthly Arabic/English Magazine, specialized in Shipping, Ships, & Marine Technology published in Lebanon & distributed in all Arab World.

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Video feature: solar energy powers new eco-friendly ship design

ship-technology.com. 7 February 2013.

With its Aquarius MRE system, Eco Marine Power is planning to help large vessels tap into solar and wind power to reduce their emissions and fuel consumption. Company director Greg Atkinson explains the inner workings of Aquarius and describes the testing left to do to launch the system by 2015.  Read more...

Wind and Solar Ship Power Project Secures Prototype Funding

Ship & Bunker. 25th January 2013.

Japan's Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) has secured the resources and funding needed for the complete prototype lab testing phase of its wind and solar power ship propulsion system, Aquarius MRE, EMP Director Greg Atkinson told Ship & Bunker today.  Read more...

Turning Massive Cargo Ships Into Sailboats Could Save 25 Million Tons of Fuel

Take Part. December 24th 2012

If the oceanic cargo industry were a country, it would be the sixth largest emitter of carbon dioxide worldwide. Yet marine shipping companies have largely steered clear of the renewable energy alternatives that land lubbers popularly discuss. One company aims to change that trend by harnessing resources the open ocean has no shortage of: sun and wind, captured by a solar sail.  Read more...

EnergySails harness wind and solar power to cut ship fuel consumption

ZeitNews. 14th November 2012.

In the 400 years or so leading up to the adoption of steam power in the 19th century, sailing ships ruled the waves. In an effort to cut increasing fuel costs and reduce emissions, sails are set to once again prove their worth. But unlike the sails proposed by B9 Shipping and the Wind Challenger Project, Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) is developing sails with an even more modern twist. Rather than just harnessing the power of the wind, EMP’s EnergySail can be fitted with solar panels to also harness solar power.  Read more...

EnergySail promises wind-solar combo for cleaner shipping

CNET News. November 7th. 2012.

This rigid sail concept and other technologies could produce fuel savings of over 40 percent while lowering emissions.  Read more...

Harnessing the elements

Ship and Boat International. November/December 2012.

Japan-based Eco Marine Power is developing a variant of its patent pending EnergySail that can now be used as a platform for other renewable energy technologies. The latest variant of the rigid sail is also being incorporated into the design of a new concept vessel from the company.  Download Article

Reporter: Nicola Stuart. Article kindly made available by Ship and Boat International

EMP advances EnergySail technology for green shipping

South China Morning Post. 19th October 2012.

With the importance of a green, sustainable future, it's high time to bring sails back on ships. Focused on designing eco-friendly power and propulsion systems for ships, Eco Marine Power (EMP) is determined to make this happen through the EnergySail, its innovative rigid sail. Download Article

Japanese firm unveils wind and solar powered rigid sail design

CleanBiz Asia. 4th September 2012.

Eco Marine Power Co, a technology company based in Fukuoka, Japan, has announced that it has completed the high-level design for its innovative rigid sail known as the EnergySail. The device will allow ships to harness both solar and wind energy to cut fuel costs and emissions of CO2 and air pollutants.  Read more...

Are Solar Hybrid Ferries The Answer

Earth Techling. 8th May 2012.

The engineers and shipping experts at Eco Marine Power aren’t afraid to think way outside the box when it comes to reducing shipping industry emissions. They’ve already imagined oil tankers powered by giant solar wind panels, and are moving forward to make these solar powered vessels a reality.  Read more...

Aquarius Eco Ship Harnesses Wind And Solar Power For More Efficient Shipping

Inhabitat. 4th April 2012.

Commercial shipping is a crucial part of the world’s infrastructure – ships carry everything from high-tech electronics to basic foodstuffs. The industry accounts for 3 percent of all annual global emissions, so it makes sense to make shipping as efficient as possible. With that in mind, Japanese company Eco Marine Power has devised the Aquarius Eco Ship, which harnesses the power of the wind and sun to lighten its environmental impact.  Read more...

Eco-concept ship formally unveiled

The Motorship. 3rd February 2012.

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has unveiled its concept design incorporating its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) system. The concept is known as the Aquarius Eco Ship, and is intended to help sustainability in shipping.  Read more...

2012 Leading Edge Green Vessels

World Maritime News. 23rd January 2012.

The Tonbo solar hybrid ferry by Eco Marine Power is listed as one of the most innovative green vessels for 2012.   Read more...



 
         
 

 
 
 
 
 
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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