From small powered pleasure craft and ferries to large super-tankers, the limitless energy of the wind and sun can be used in order to help power ships thereby reducing fuel consumption, the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and noxious exhaust emissions.
Using a variety of Technologies including the Aquarius MRE System, Eco Marine Power is working with ship owners, boat operators, shipping lines, technology providers and naval architects on solutions for new or existing vessels that will help these ships take advantage of the latest technology from around the world to harness the power of renewable energy.
Eco-friendly solutions can be developed that use mainly solar power only or more advanced eco-marine power systems are available that use state-of-the-art hybrid marine power technology and EMP's EnergySail technolgy.
Some ideal applications for the use of wind and solar power include cruise boats, tourist catamarans, fishing vessels, work boats, survey ships, oil tankers, cargo ships and passenger ferries.
On a larger scale, the Aquarius MRE System which is currently being developed, will be suitable for use on coastal ships and large vessels such as bulk ore carriers and oil tankers. However future variations of the system will be suitable for smaller ships.
Eco Marine Power (EMP) aims to have this system ready for commercial service by 2015 and is working with development partners located in several countries to turn this vision into a reality.
The Aquarius MRE System and other technologies being developed by EMP will help drive shipping towards a greener future and contribute to the global reduction of harmful gas emissions from the world's shipping fleets. Eco Marine Power's technologies will play an important role in assisting shipyards meet energy efficiency design index (EEDI) requirements and ship owners comply with MARPOL regulations.
Smaller solar - electric centric solutions can be installed on coastal ships, river boats and recreational vessels. For example the EMP Tonbo solar electric hybrid propulsion or hybrid power ferry will be suitable for use on lakes, bays and rivers. It will be possible for this vessel to be powerd by the stored energy in batteries alone in same cases thus it will be able to operate quietly and emission free. EMP is also working on a urban eco-solar commuter ferry called the Medaka.
These types of vessels are ideal for urban waterways where noise pollution is an issue especially during the evenings. Both the Tonbo & Medaka will use advanced power management technology which allows onboard batteries to be rapidly charged when the vessels are at the pier or wharf.
At this stage the Tonbo and Medaka designs use solar power as the main source of renewable energy, but the possibility incorporating wind power into the designs is currently being studied.
The future of green shipping is here today and Eco Marine Power aims to be at the forefront of this green marine revolution! Let's work together to protect our oceans and waterways!
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