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Research and Development

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 R&D activities are carried out in a number of locations including the Aquarius Innovation Lab which is located in Osaka, Japan.

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 "Aquariumas_bar_graph_smalls" 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_2aAquarius Eco Ship is a revolutionary design concept which combines EMP's Aquarius technology with other fuel saving and emission reduction technologies 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 is expected to deliver annual fuel savings of around 40% and significantly reduce the emission of harmful & greenhouse gases from ships including particulate matter.

Variations of the Aquarius Eco Ship design concept may also be suitable for other vessels such as container ships, naval vessels and car carriers.

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.  tonbo_solar_ferry_pier

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

Eco Marine Power is currently working on applying its Aquarius MRE System technology to an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) concept. The AquariusUSV 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.

Aquarius MRE System, EnergySail, Aquarius MAS & AquariusUSV are trademarks of Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd.

 
         
 

 
 
 
 
 

Eco Marine Power to Display Technologies at Sea Japan 2014

First public display of Aquarius MRE System and Aquarius Eco Ship concept Fukuoka, Japan - 31st March 2014 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it will be presenting for the first time a number of the technologies it is developing including the Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System at Sea Japan 2014. During the three day event in Tokyo between the 9th to 11th April, EMP will also outline its vision for the future development of sustainable shipping technol... Read more

Eco Marine Power’s EnergySail Passes Lab Tests

Innovative Rigid Sail Technology Being Readied for Sea Trials Fukuoka, Japan - 15th January 2014 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that its innovative rigid sail technology for ships - the “EnergySail” - has passed a range of function tests which were conducted at the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan. The EnergySail is a unique renewable energy platform for shipping designed by EMP that is able to harness the power of the wind and sun. The EnergySail ca... Read more

KEI System and Eco Marine Power Establish Aquarius Innovation Lab

Osaka, Japan - 9th December 2013 - KEI System Ltd (KEI) and Eco Marine Power (EMP) are pleased to announce that they have jointly established the Aquarius Innovation Lab to develop sustainable shipping technologies. The facility is located in Osaka, Japan, and includes an indoor test centre plus an outdoor area for evaluating the performance of hardware such as solar panels, rigid sails & wind power devices. ... Read more

Aquarius MRE System Nominated for Ship Technology Award

Award Recognizes Global Innovation in Shipping Technology Fukuoka, Japan - 9th September - Eco Marine Power (EMP) is honoured to announce that it has been short-listed for the Ship Technology Global Innovation in Energy Efficiency Award for 2013 for its Aquarius MRE System. The Aquarius MRE System (patent pending) is a renewable energy solution for shipping that incorporates rigid sail technology controlled by a dedicated computer system so that the power of the sun and win... Read more

MIE to Represent Eco Marine Power in Greek Shipping Market

Partnership to promote sustainable shipping technologies Fukuoka, Japan – 29th July 2013 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) has taken a major step towards bringing its sustainable shipping technologies to the market by announcing today that it has entered into a commercial agency agreement with MIE Company Ltd (MIE) of Greece. Under the terms of the agreement, MIE will promote solutions and products by Eco Marine Power to Greek shipowners starting with the Aquarius Management & ... Read more

Eco Marine Power & KEI System to launch Aquarius MAS

Robust automation, control and management system for marine renewable energy solutions Fukuoka, Japan – 22nd May 2013 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) and KEI System Ltd (KEI) of Osaka, Japan, announced today that they will release later this year, the Aquarius Monitoring and Automation System or Aquarius MAS – a marine computer system capable of monitoring and/or controlling equipment on ships including wind and solar power devices plus being able to monitor fuel consumption. The ... Read more

Eco Marine Power and AIMS Global Engineering Sign MOU

Companies agree to co-operate to develop and promote eco-friendly solutions for shipping Fukuoka, Japan – 24th April 2013 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AIMS Global Engineering (AIMS) of Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, to market and develop renewable energy solutions for shipping. Initially the companies will focus on a project to complete the detailed design of the Medaka eco-commuter ferry with the aim t... Read more

Solbian Energie Alternative to Collaborate with Eco Marine Power

Fukuoka, Japan - 6th February 2013 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased announce that it will collaborate with Solbian Energie Alternative Srl of Italy to jointly develop applications for its solar cell technology across a variety of marine renewable energy projects for shipping including the Aquarius MRE System. ... Read more

Eco Marine Power to use KEI 3240 Data Logger

Fukuoka, Japan - 21st December 2012 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it will use the KEI 3240 Data Logger supplied by KEI System Ltd (KEI) of Osaka, Japan, to verify fuel savings and measure the performance of its Aquarius MRE System - a wind & solar power solution for sustainable shipping. ... Read more

EnergySail Array for Naval & Coast Guard Ships Outlined

Fukuoka, Japan - 13th November 2012 - Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) released today further details of its modified version of the Aquarius MRE System for use on naval and coast guard ships. This modified system will use EMP’s patent pending EnergySail technology to form an array of devices able to harness renewable energy on these types of ships. ... Read more

Eco Marine Power Receives Solution Inspiring Action Award

Fukuoka, Japan - 27th September 2012 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that it received a Solutions Inspiring Action Award at the 2012 Savannah Ocean Exchange in Savannah, Georgia in the United States for its innovative Aquarius MRE System - a wind and solar power renewable energy solution for shipping. The award was presented at a gala dinner on the 21st September in Savannah. ... Read more

Eco Marine Power Completes EnergySail Design

Fukuoka, Japan - 24th August 2012 - Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. announced today that it has completed the high level design for its innovative rigid sail known as the EnergySail. This revolutionary device will allow ships to harness the power of the wind and sun in order to reduce fuel costs plus lower noxious gas and carbon emissions. ... Read more

Aquarius MRE System Enters Testing Phase

Fukuoka, 25th May 2012 - Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) today announced that lab testing of its Aquarius MRE System – a revolutionary wind & solar power solution for ships – will commence in a test facility in Osaka, Japan from early June. This is a significant move forward as it takes the project into the prototype testing and type approval phase after which sea trials can be conducted. ... Read more

Eco Marine Power Unveils Aquarius Eco Ship Concept

Fukuoka, 30th January 2012 - Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) today unveiled a concept ship design incorporating its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System. This concept design is called the Aquarius Eco Ship and is part of Eco Marine Power’s ongoing development efforts aimed at moving shipping towards a more sustainable future. ... Read more
 
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Hybrid marine power & propulsion 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 onboard ships.

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Eco Marine Power is at the forefront of developing innovative marine renewable energy technologies for sustainable shipping which harness the power of the sun & wind. These solutions include our Aquarius MRE System and EnergySail. These technologies will reduce fuel consumption, lower noxious gas emissions and deliver cost benefits to ship owners and operators.

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Eco Marine Power works with shipyards & ship owners to develop energy efficient ferry, workboat, unmanned surface vessels (USV's) and other smaller ship designs that utilize the latest in renewable energy and green shipping technologies. These technologies include flexible solar panels, energy storage solutions, the Aquarius MAS & our innovative EnergySail.

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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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