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Aquarius Marine Solar Power

Solar Power For Ships and Marine Applications

A marine solar power solution from EMP is an integrated class-accepted system that may include a marine computer, battery chargers, batteries, marine-grade solar panels plus interfaces to other equipment and sensors. Each solution can be designed & scaled to suit a wide variety of ships including passenger ferries, cruise ships, tankers, bulk ore carriers, offshore support vessels and offshore platforms such as oil rigs and jack-up platforms.

Aquarius MAS and Solar Power for Ships Overview

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The energy collected by the marine solar panel array or string of photovoltaic (PV) panels can be used to power a DC load, provide back-up or emergency power or be connected to an AC load via an inverter. Thus any ship or vessel can tap into the clean and renewable energy provided by the sun.

In co-operation with our technical partners we can supply our solutions globally and work with ship owners or shipyards from the design phase through the testing and commissioning.

Currently we offer two main marine solar power solution packages:

Aquarius Marine Solar Power

This is basically a stand-alone solar power system which is not connected with other shipboard systems but provides a DC output which can be connected to a DC load or via an inverter to an AC load.

The main components in this solution include:

  • KEI 3240 CPU/AGU - for smaller solutions this is optional
  • 10.4 inch LCD Colour Touch-screen Display - for smaller solutions this is optional
  • Flexible Marine Grade Solar Panels - range of panel types are available.
  • MPPT Charge Controllers - 60A and 80A options available.
  • Batteries or Battery Pack

Aquarius MAS + Solar

This includes all the elements of the Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution plus additional hardware and interfaces to fuel flow meters, GPS and other equipment on a ship. This allows the system to monitor fuel consumption, calculate emissions and it can also monitor main engine revolutions, generator output and a range of other equipment. It can also be expanded to include any of the KEI 3240 Data Logger functions.

The main components include:

  • KEI 3240 CPU/AGU - additional CPU, AGU or combined CPU/AGU available.
  • 10.4 inch LCD Colour Touch-screen Display - larger display sizes available.
  • Flexible Marine Grade Solar Panels - range of panel types are available.
  • MPPT Charge Controllers - 60A and 80A options available.
  • Batteries or Battery Pack
  • Integrated Link System - interfaces for various input and outputs.
  • Ethernet Hub(s) & RS-232 Converter(s)

Options: KEI Trackey, Larger LCD Screen, Redundant Configuration & Printer.

Both these marine solar power solutions include the flexible Aquarius MAS (Management and Automation System) This compact marine computerSolar Power for Ships by Eco Marine Power monitors the performance of a solar power array & battery pack, logs data, switches equipment on/off, calculates vessel emissions, records fuel consumption and displays system alarms.

In addition the Aquarius MAS can monitor system performance and alarms from a wide variety of other equipment and sensors installed on ships.

The Aquarius MAS H/W & S/W platform is based upon the reliable and robust KEI 3240 Data Logger which is already in use on hundreds of vessels including tug boats, training ships, tankers and bulk ore carriers. A basic Aquarius MAS package can also be expanded to include data logger functions and additional hardware later if required.

An Aquarius Marine Solar Power or Aquarius MAS + Solar package is suitable for new-building projects and can also be retrofitted to existing vessels. A marine solar power system or array using the Aquarius MAS can also be integrated with wind power devices including EMP's EnergySail technology (under development).

EMP can also arrange installation support including the design & supply of deck frames for solar panels (if required), project management and on-site installation supervision. A full turn-key installation service is also available and can be supported from a technical service hubs in Japan, Singapore and Greece.

 

Advantages and Benefits of Solar Power on Ships

Emissions free source of power!

  • Clean source of power particularly useful when a ship is in port or near populated areas.
  • Can be used as source of power for emergency lighting which will outlast traditional back-up systems.
  • The use of special lightweight & flexible solar panels allows for more solar to be installed on ships e.g. on awnings, angled surfaces, areas where access is needed.
  • The solution meets Classification Society requirements and the basic configuration has received acceptance from ClassNK.
  • When combined with efficient marine LED lights the effective output of the system can be increased by a factor of x5 or more.
  • Suitable for retrofitting to existing ships or for inclusion into new shipbuilding projects.

 

Marine Solar Power Products and Services

In co-operation with our strategic and technical partners Eco Marine Power can also supply globally a range of marine solar power products and services for ships and marine use including:

  • Integrated solar power systems for ships with Aquarius MAS and battery pack.Marine Solar Panel Mounting Frame
  • Flexible marine grade solar panels designed for use on ships and other vessels.
  • Marine grade solar panel frame kits.
  • Solar panel accessories.
  • Maximum Point Power Tracking (MPPT) charge controllers.
  • Marine batteries, battery packs and energy storage solutions.
  • Battery rack and installation kits for ships and marine applications.
  • Solar power system & electrical system design. (including wiring diagrams)
  • Installation support including on-site installation supervision.
  • On-site technical support.
  • System design support and consulting services.

 

 

Battery Packs and Energy Storage

Batteries and energy storage solutions for our Aquarius Marine Solar Power and Aquarius MAS + Solar packages are manufactured and supplied by the Furukawa Battery Co. Ltd of Japan. These batteries have recieved formal acceptance from ClassNK of Japan for use on classed vessels.Furukawa Battery Solution

These high performance and high quality batteries include the FCP Series which have modular design for superior vibration resistance and longer life (approximately 15 years).

The battery unit also incorporates a space-saving design that reduces installation and maintenance time.

FCP series battery packs are available in various configurations ranging from 12VDC to 96VDC.

For more information please see: Energy Storage and Batteries

 

Flexible Solar Panels for Ships & Marine Applications

In co-operation with our strategic partner, Solbian Energie Alternative of Italy, Eco Marine Power (EMP) is able to supply globally marine grade solar panels for shipping and marine applications. These marine solar panels are designed to withstand the harsh conditions at sea & are suitable for all vessels ranging from small pleasure craft to ocean-going passenger ferries & cargo ships.

Solbian has a range of products, solar cell technologies and accessories suitable for ships and customised panels are also possible upon request.

For more information please see Marine Solar Panels

Further Reading: Marine Solar Power Solutions FAQ

For sales enquiries please contact us or contact one of our sales partners.

Please note: Aquarius MAS & EnergySail are trademarks of Eco Marine Power.

 
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