A Greener Low Emission Future for Shipping!
Green ships, eco ships and vessels that use the power of the wind and sun will play an important role in the decades ahead as world shipping takes measures to reduce fossil fuel consumption plus CO2, NOx and SOx emissions.
Eco Marine Power (EMP) is focused on developing solutions to meet this challenge and is involved in a number of research & design related projects to help make shipping more environmentally friendly.
Our current R&D related activities and projects are listed below.
Aquarius Innovation Lab
Our R&D activities are conducted at number of locations including at our design office in Fukuoka, Japan and also at the Aquarius Innovation Lab which is located in Osaka, Japan.
The Aquarius Innovation Lab is a facility focused on the testing and development of technologies to allow ships to reduce fuel consumption, lower noxious gas emissions and tap into the clean limitless energy of the wind & sun.
The Aquarius Project
In mid 2010 a project was started in Japan to develop a commercial system for utilizing wind power and solar energy on-board ocean going vessels. This project and the system have been named "Aquarius" and the product development involves a number of different companies and subject matter experts in several countries.
The Eco Marine Power Aquarius MRE System (Patent Pending) will allow ships to utilise wind power and solar energy in order to reduce fuel consumption and lower noxious gas emissions. In addition ship owners and operators will be able to reduce the carbon footprint of their fleet and employ the system on a variety of ships and vessels.
The Aquarius MRE System is being designed so that it will require little attention from the ships crew, will be relatively easy to install and offer an attractive ROI (Return on Investment) for shipping companies. The system will incorporate EMP's EnergySail technology, a data logging, control and monitoring computer system and energy storage modules. A prototype version of the system is currently being tested.
For more information please follow this link to the Aquarius Solar and Wind Marine Power System webpage.
Aquarius Eco Ship
The Aquarius Eco Ship is a revolutionary design concept which combines EMP's Aquarius MRE System and EnergySail technologies with other fuel saving and emission reduction technologies (such as air lubrication) into an integrated solution for ships such as bulk carriers, oil tankers, cargo ships, passenger ferries & survey vessels.
This combination of technologies including computer control & management systems developed by EMP & KEI System are expected to deliver annual fuel savings of around 40% (depending on the vessel type and route) and significantly reduce the emission of harmful & greenhouse gases from ships including particulate matter.
Variations of the Aquarius Eco Ship design concept can also be applied to other vessels such as container ships, naval vessels, car carriers and un-manned surface vessels.
The Aquarius Eco Ship is the pathway to cleaner, lower emission shipping!
For further details please see our Aquarius Eco Ship webpage.
Tonbo Solar Hybrid Marine Ferry
The 'Tonbo' design project aims to bring together the latest in hybrid marine power (HMP) systems with the latest solar panel, power management and lithium battery technologies provided by Corvus Energy. This design project was started in late 2010 and the detailed design phase of this project is currently underway.
The Tonbo vessel will be suitable for operation on rivers, bays or lakes and be capable of cruising at low speeds purely on solar-electric power alone.
For more information about the Tonbo please follow this link to the Tonbo Solar Hybrid Propulsion Ferry webpage.
Medaka Eco Urban Solar Ferry
The 'Medaka' is a eco-solar ferry being developed for urban waterways with the aim of producing a cost effective commuter vessel that can operate emission free. This project was started in early 2011 and it is expected a detailed design will be ready in early 2012.
For more information about the Medaka please follow this link: Medaka Eco Solar Ferry
Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel
The Aquarius USV will utilise a range of renewable energy technologies in order to allow the vessel to stay on at sea longer or operate in stealth mode if required.
A variation of the design will also include EMP's EnergySail technology.
Typical missions or roles for this unmanned vessel may include marine surveys, port patrols, survellience of marine parks and clean-up of urban waterways.
To read more about this innovative vessel please see the Aquarius USV webpage
Please note: Aquarius MRE System, EnergySail, Aquarius MAS & Aquarius USV are trademarks of Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd.