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Research and Development

Working Towards a Greener and Lower 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 sustainable shipping technologies

aquarius_lab_training_20140820_1bOur 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 that will allow ships to reduce fuel consumption, lower noxious gas emissions and tap into the clean limitless energy of the wind & sun or marine renewable energy.

Current projects ongoing at the lab include testing of the wind power solutions, development of battery management software, evaluation of marine solar panels and testing of additional functions for the Aquarius MAS.

The Aquarius Innovation Lab is am international multi-vendor environment and in addition to several Japanese supplied technologies there are products currently being tested from other countries such as Italy, U.S and the U.K.

The Aquarius MAS lab is also used for technical training and product familiarization courses.


Onomichi Marine-Tech Test Center

Test and innovation facility focused on marine & ship technologies

The Onomichi Marine-Tech Test Center or Onomichi MTTC is located at the Teramoto Iron Works Chojahara Workshop. The center includes a large outdoor evaluation area that will allow for innovative devices such as EMP's EnergySail® to be tested. In addition other marine renewable energy technologies will be evaluated at the center including various Aquarius Marine Solar Power solutions.

A number of companies are involved in activities at the Onomichi MTTC including The Furukawa Battery Company and KEI System Limited.

 

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.delos_solar_panels_20141020_2c

The Blue Star Delos is currently fitted with a Aquarius MAS + Marine Solar Power trial and evaluation configuration - this includes a KEI 3240 CPU/AGU, ILS hardware, fuel consumption monitoring & emissions calculation software, MPPT charge controllers, a battery pack and marine-grade solar panels.

The evaluation of the system is being undertaken by Blue Star Ferries technical team in co-operation with Eco Marine Power and further R&D activities as part of the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project are planned.

In addion to Blue Star Ferries and Eco Marine Power other companies involved in the project include: Triad Ltd (Greece), Furukawa Battery (Japan), Solbian (Italy), KEI System (Japan) and Teramoto Iron Works (Japan).

For more information about Blue Star Ferries and the domestic routes they operate in Greece please visit their website: Blue Star Ferries


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.

 
         
 

 
 
 
 
 
Renewable Energy Battery Solutions Ready for Ships

Renewable Energy Battery Solutions Ready for Ships

High Quality Batteries from Furukawa Battery Accepted for Use by ClassNK Fukuoka, Japan – 25th August - Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that in co-operation with The Furukawa Battery Company of Japan, it is now able to offer a range of marine battery solutions for use on-board ships or for marine related applications such as offshore platforms & renewable energy projects. This range of high quality and long-life batteries from Furukawa Battery have also been accepted for use on classed vessels ... Read more
Eco Marine Power Completes Aquarius MAS + Solar Evaluation Trials on Blue Star Delos

Eco Marine Power Completes Aquarius MAS + Solar Evaluation Trials on Blue Star Delos

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Onomichi Marine Tech Center To Be Established

Onomichi Marine Tech Center To Be Established

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Marine Solar Power Solution Receives Acceptance

Marine Solar Power Solution Receives Acceptance

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Triad Ltd and EMP Sign Support Agreement

Triad Ltd and EMP Sign Support Agreement

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Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Installed on Blue Star Delos

Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Installed on Blue Star Delos

First ever installation of integrated Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Fukuoka, Japan - 30th October 2014 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that together with strategic partners it has installed an Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) integrated with a marine solar panel array on-board the Blue Star 'Delos'. The Aquarius MAS has been installed as part of a joint renewable energy project with Blue Star Ferries and the approximately 2kW trial solar array on-board the vessel is now in ... Read more
Furukawa Battery Joins Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project

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 Marine Power (EMP) and its strategic... Read more
Eco Marine Power Short-Listed for Two Ship Efficiency Awards

Eco Marine Power Short-Listed for Two Ship Efficiency Awards

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

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MINs Control Systems Solution & Eco Marine Power Sign Agreement

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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 on-board ships.

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

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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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