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 "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 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.
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.