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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...

The Aquarius MRE System: A Marine Renewable Energy Solution for Modern Ships

EEWeb. December 2011.

Article in EEWeb (Electrical Engineering Community) about the technology behind the Aquarius wind & solar power system for ships including the control system and energy storage.   Read more...

Dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

Marine Reporter & Engineering News. November 2011.

A modern approach towards using renewable energy on ships. Article by Greg Atkinson of Eco Marine Power explaining the background behind the Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System.   Download Article

Will Corvus’ Lithium Batteries Float Eco Marine Power's Solar Wind Sails?

Greentech Media. 30th September 2011.

Cutting-edge renewables entrepreneurs are in pursuit of innovative ways to combine wind and solar energies. Eco Marine Power, in the process of designing and developing its Aquarius combined solar-wind system to drive ocean-going diesel-powered freighters, just jumped ahead of the curve by adding state-of-the-art energy storage.   Read more...

‘Solar sails’ for cargo ships

SmartPlanet. 1st September 2011.

Turanor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest boat to cruise the seas on 100% sun power, just made its way through the China Sea. To the northeast in Japan, however, a different take on solar-powered sea travel is in the works, one focused on even bigger boats. Fukuoka-based company Eco Marine Power is developing a way to bring solar power and the old nautical standby wind power to tankers, cargo ships and other sea-faring vessels.   Read more...

Greening the High Seas

Discovery News. 31st August 2011.

Out at sea, there's no shortage of wind and sun, so why not have ships put them to good use? As part of their Aquarius System, Japanese company Eco Marine Power has begun developing rigid wind and solar sail panels for large ships, such as shipping vessels. Currently in the design phase the "sails" would allow ships to harness wind and solar energy as an alternative source of fuel, reducing its fuel consumption and lowering its greenhouse gas emissions.   Read more...

Solar Panels Act As Sails for Shipping Vessels

Care2. 30th August 2011.

An innovative concept of using solar panels as both sails and photovoltaic energy producers on ships is moving forward to the “detailed design” phase, according to developer Eco Marine Power. The Fukuoka, Japan-based company is promoting its concept as a way for shipping lines to green up their operations.  Read more...

Design work begins on Aquarius solar array

Baird Maritime. 23rd August 2011.

Eco Marine Power (EMP), based in Fukuoka, Japan, has begun work on the detailed design of its Aquarius System wind and solar sail panel. The Aquarius System is being developed by EMP in co-operation with a number of development partners. The panel or rigid sail will be used to harness wind and solar energy, which will then be used to help power a ship, reducing fuel consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases.   Read more...

Solar Panel Sails Move To Design Phase.

Earth Techling. 22nd August 2011.

An innovative concept of using solar panels as both sails and photovoltaic energy producers on ships is moving forward to the “detailed design” phase, according to developer Eco Marine Power. The Fukuoka, Japan-based company is promoting its concept as a way for shipping lines to green up their operations.  Read more...

Interview with Greg Atkinson, Director of Eco Marine Power

EEWeb Electrical Engineering Community. 30th July 2011.

Discussion regarding renewable energy technologies being developed for shipping including the Tonbo solar-electric hybrid ferry and the Aquarius wind & solar power system. Read more...

Sustainable Shipping awards shortlist of nominees announced

Sustainable Shipping News. 1st June 2011.

The shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Sustainable Shipping Awards, to be held at an industry ceremony in London in July, has been revealed. Read more...

Eco Marine Power Launches Eco Ship Study

Hellenic Shipping News. 13th May 2011.

Eco Marine Power (EMP) yesterday announced that it has commenced a study to investigate how its Aquarius wind and solar marine power system could be incorporated into a future eco ship specifically designed to minimise fuel consumption and reduce noxious gas emissions. Read more...

Ecomarine Power to launch dragonfly-inspired solar-electric vessel in 2012

Ecoseed. 12th May 2011.

Eco Marine Power, a Japan-based company that develops solar, wind and electric marine power and propulsion systems, will launch its Tonbo Hybrid Marine Power solar-electric vessel next year. Read more...

Eco Marine Power starts development of eco solar ferry Medaka

Ecoseed. 28th April 2011.

Eco Marine Power Ltd., a Japan-based company that develops solar, wind and electric marine power and propulsion systems, will be developing a solar ferry called Medaka, which will cater to water commuters. Read more...

Solar Sail Technology the Powering Force behind International Shipping

Emerging Technology News. 28th February 2011.

Ships have been crossing the ocean for a long time, originally harnessing the power of the wind in their sales, and then using fossil fuels to power tankers which give off carbon emissions and contribute to global warming. But now solar sail technology has been introduced to the shipping industry, which uses energy from the sun to power the ship for a more eco-friendly way of getting from port to port. Read more...

Wind-Powered Cargo Ships Make a Comeback

Clean Technica. 28th February 2011.

Sailing ships once carried much of the world’s cargo across the seas, until canvas sheets were replaced by low-grade “bunker” oil. Now it appears that wind power is about to make a comeback, in the form of rigid “sails” that double as solar panels. The patent-pending technology, called the Aquarius Solar and Wind Marine Power System, is being developed by a company called Eco Marine Power. The dream of a high tech, sustainable energy cargo ship has been percolating for a number of years now, but it hasn’t caught on in a big way, so let’s see if this new system is The One. Read More...

Eco Marine Power Developing Solar Sails to Power Ships

inhabitat.com. 25th Feburary 2011.

Traditionally wind power has enabled man to travel the seas, but in recent years, fossil fuels and nuclear power have taken over. However, Japanese company Eco Marine Power are harking back to days of yore, but this time with a renewable energy twist. The energy firm has developed rigid sails that are installed with solar models and the system, called The Aquarius, is able to collect both solar and wind energy to power ships. Read more...

Eco Marine Power Unveils Tonbo- Hybrid Vessel

Marine Insight. 26th January 2011.

Eco Marine Power in collaboration with partner firms have come up with a design for a hybrid vessel that comprises within it, both Eco- friendly marine technology as well the newest in green technology. This hybrid ship, to be called the Tonbo, uses the latest in lithium battery technology among other features to improve efficacy of the vessel. The ship uses a solar panel on the roof to charge the lithium batteries, thereby exemplifying its pro- environmental capabilities. 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
Jastram Technologies and Eco Marine Power Sign Agreement

Jastram Technologies and Eco Marine Power Sign Agreement

Companies to Cooperate in Introducing Products and Services to the Canadian Maritime Industry Fukuoka, Japan - 27th January 2016 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a sales and support agreement with Jastram Technologies Ltd. of Canada. This agreement paves the way for EMP to begin offering a wide range of products and services to the Canadian shipping and offshore sector. Jastram Technologies has been providing high quality equipment and services to the marine industry since... Read more
Eco Marine Power Granted Patent for Aquarius MRE System

Eco Marine Power Granted Patent for Aquarius MRE System

Patent Approval Paves Way for Commercial Production of Wind & Solar Power System for Ships Fukuoka, Japan - 5th October 2015 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that it has been granted a patent in Japan related to its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System - an innovative wind & solar power solution for ships. The Aquarius MRE System or Aquarius MRE is an advanced integrated system of rigid sails, solar panels, energy storage modules and marine computer platforms that will enable ships... Read more
Renewable Energy Battery Solutions Ready for Ships

Renewable Energy Battery Solutions Ready for Ships

High Quality Batteries from Furukawa Battery Accepted for Use by ClassNK Fukuoka, Japan – 25th August - Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that in co-operation with The Furukawa Battery Company of Japan, it is now able to offer a range of marine battery solutions for use on-board ships or for marine related applications such as offshore platforms & renewable energy projects. This range of high quality and long-life batteries from Furukawa Battery have also been accepted for use on classed vessels ... Read more
Eco Marine Power Completes Aquarius MAS + Solar Evaluation Trials on Blue Star Delos

Eco Marine Power Completes Aquarius MAS + Solar Evaluation Trials on Blue Star Delos

Aquarius MAS + Solar and Aquarius Marine Solar Power ready for commercial release. Fukuoka, Japan – 2nd June 2015 – As a result of the recent successful completion of sea trials on-board the high speed car and passenger ferry, Blue Star Delos, Eco Marine Power (EMP) has now cleared the Aquarius MAS + Solar and Aquarius Marine Solar Power solutions for commercial release. During two days of testing and evaluation on the 17th and 19th May, 2015, the performance of the Aquarius MAS + Solar trial system on-board Delo... Read more
Onomichi Marine Tech Center To Be Established

Onomichi Marine Tech Center To Be Established

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Marine Solar Power Solution Receives Acceptance

Marine Solar Power Solution Receives Acceptance

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Triad Ltd and EMP Sign Support Agreement

Triad Ltd and EMP Sign Support Agreement

Support Hub for Eco Marine Power established in Piraeus, Greece.Fukuoka, Japan - 9th December 2014 - As part of its product rollout strategy Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it has signed a support agreement with Theodosiou Bros Ltd (TRIAD Ltd) of Piraeus, Greece.  This agreement between EMP and TRIAD Ltd will lead to the establishment of a technical support hub in Greece from which the companies will be able to provide jointly, a variety of technical services related to EMP's products and solutions... Read more
Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Installed on Blue Star Delos

Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Installed on Blue Star Delos

First ever installation of integrated Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Fukuoka, Japan - 30th October 2014 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that together with strategic partners it has installed an Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) integrated with a marine solar panel array on-board the Blue Star 'Delos'. The Aquarius MAS has been installed as part of a joint renewable energy project with Blue Star Ferries and the approximately 2kW trial solar array on-board the vessel is now in ... 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 System, EnergySail & Aquarius Marine Solar Power which 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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