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Research and Development

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

R&D facility focused on developing sustaianble shipping technologies

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 

Innovative project developing a range of renewable energy solutions for shipping

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. A major focus of this project is the development of the Aquarius MRE System. (MRE = Marine Renewable Energy)

The 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 also 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 (Aquarius MAS), marine grade solar panels 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.

The Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project

Evaluation of renewable energy systems & fuel saving technologies

The Blue Star Delos Renewable Enerblue_star_delos_1gy Innovation Project is a major step forward towards making shipping more sustainable through the use of renewable energy and fuel reduction solutions on-board ships.

The project will evaluate in stages, a number of innovative solutions developed by Eco Marine Power (EMP) and its strategic partners on-board the "Blue Star Delos" – a modern high speed passenger and car ferry owned and operated by the multi-award winning Greek shipping company - Blue Star Ferries of Athens, Greece - a member of Attica Group.

During the initial stages of the project and in a world first on-board a ship, a marine solar power system using flexible lightweight marine grade panels will be integrated with the Aquarius MAS and real time performance monitoring of the solar power array will be conducted.

In addition the fuel oil consumption of the vessel will be logged and emissions data calculated using the Aquarius MAS.

Aquarius Eco Ship

Low emission vision of future ship design incorporating a range of fuel saving technologies

The aquarius_eco_ship_2aAquarius 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 & Medaka Eco Commuter Ferry

Low emission water transport solutions for sustainable cities

The 'Tonbo' design project aims to bring together the latest in hybrid marine power (HMP) systems with the latest solar panel, power management and battery technologies. The vessel would also be fitted with the Aquarius Management & tonbo_solar_ferry_pierAutomation System (MAS).

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.

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 emissions free. 

This project was started in early 2011.

For more information about the Medaka please follow this link: Medaka Eco Solar Ferry

Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV)

Renewable energy powered USV for multiple missions

emp_aquarius_usv_2014_3Eco Marine Power is currently working on applying its Aquarius MRE System technology to an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) concept.

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.

 
         
 

 
 
 
 
 

Furukawa Battery Joins Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project

Leading Manufacturer of Energy Storage Solutions Supplies Battery Pack for Shipping Trial Fukuoka, Japan – 7th October 2014 – Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that The Furukawa Battery Co. Ltd., has joined the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project and has supplied batteries for use onboard the ship Blue Star Delos. The ongoing Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project will evaluate in stages, a number of innovative solutions developed by Eco... Read more

Eco Marine Power Short-Listed for Two Ship Efficiency Awards

Fukuoka, Japan - 8th September 2014 - Eco Marine Power is pleased to announce that it has been named as a finalist in two categories of the inaugural Ship Efficiency Awards 2014. The Ship Efficiency Awards 2014, hosted by Lloyd's Register and organised by Fathom, will recognise and celebrate the organisations and individuals within the maritime sector that excel in efficient operations, implement fresh thinking, offer proven efficiency benefits and technological innovation.... Read more

Blue Star Ferries and Eco Marine Power Launch Shipping Renewable Energy Innovation Project

Companies to Jointly Deploy and Evaluate Innovative Marine Renewable Energy Solutions Fukuoka, Japan – 6th August 2014 – Eco Marine Power announced today that it has begun a project to jointly deploy and evaluate with Blue Star Ferries of Greece, a range of innovative renewable energy related technologies for shipping including the Aquarius Management and Automation System (MAS) with an integrated marine solar power system. The Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Pr... Read more

MINs Control Systems Solution & Eco Marine Power Sign Agreement

Sales & Technical Support Agreement Signed for Singapore & Myanmar Fukuoka, Japan - 7th July 2014 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) today announced that it has entered into a sales & support agreement with MINs Control Systems Solution Pte. Ltd. (MCSS) to sell & support EMP's innovative renewable energy solutions for shipping in Singapore & Myanmar. These solutions include marine solar power systems and the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS). The A... Read more

Aquarius USV High Level Design Completed

Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) Powered by Renewable Energy Fukuoka, Japan - 27th May 2014 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) today revealed details of its Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) and announced that it will begin work related to the construction of a prototype. The Aquarius USV is being developed as a cost-effective unmanned surface vessel (USV) and will incorporate a number of technologies from EMP & its strategic partners. These technologies include marine compute... Read more

Teramoto Iron Works and Eco Marine Power form Strategic Alliance

Pathway for commercial production of EnergySail and Aquarius MRE System established. Fukuoka, Japan - 12th May 2014 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it has taken another major step forward towards bringing its EnergySail and Aquarius MRE System technologies to the market by forming a strategic alliance with Teramoto Iron Works Co. Ltd - a manufacturer of marine equipment located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The strategic alliance with Teramoto Iron Works wi... Read more

Eco Marine Power at Sea Japan 2014

First Public Display of Sustainable Shipping Technologies & Concepts Eco Marine Power (EMP) recently showcased a number of technologies and concepts it is working on at Sea Japan 2014 which was held at Tokyo Big Sight between 9th-11th April. This was the first time EMP publicly displayed the Aquarius Eco Ship concept, EnergySail, EnergySail ACS and Aquarius MRE System. The major focus of the EMP presentation & display at Sea Japan was the Aquarius Eco Ship and a mod... Read more

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
 
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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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