Innovation for Shipping and Marine Applications
Technologies include our patent pending EnergySail® - a rigid sail system for ships, class-approved marine batteries and the Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS).
Aquarius MRE System (Under Development)
The patented Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System or Aquarius MRE is a combined wind power and solar power for ships. It incorporares a range of technologies from Eco Marine Power and its strategic partners including the EnergySail and a computer system known as the EnergySail ACS (Automated Control System) which has been jointly developed with KEI System.
The system is designed to be adaptable to a wide range of ships types thus providing ship owners a combined wind and solar power solution which will reduce fuel costs and vessel emissions.
The Aquarius MRE System by Eco Marine Power is an innovative approach to using wind and solar power together on ships and the technology will help make world shipping greener and cleaner in the years ahead.
Marine Computer Control Systems
The Aquarius MRE System & EnergySail will both utilise a marine-grade computer control system developed jointly by KEI System and Eco Marine Power. These robust and flexible computer systems will automatically position an EnergySail or an array of EnergySail's so that they can best utilise the available wind or solar power. The computer control systems also include a touch screen panel which can be located on the ship's bridge or engine control room plus a number of remote panels for monitoring and control purposes.
The KEI 340 computer platform has been installed on hundreds of vessels and has proven itself to be a reliable and robust platform ideally suited for marine applications.
Aquarius MAS & KEI 3240 Data Logger
The Aquarius Monitoring and Automation System or Aquarius MASTM is an integrated marine computer system which combines the features of the KEI 3240 Data logger with new functions to monitor renewable energy solutions on-board ships and calculate emissions.
This system will for example, be able to monitor and record the amount of clean energy being harnessed by the solar panels on a ship and compare this to fuel use. This information can be recorded and then later analysed along with a wide range of other performance data in order to fine-tune operational performance.
The KEI 3240 Data Logger is a highly flexible & robust marine computer based system that collects and stores various performance data including engine and generator power. Hundreds of ships have already been fitted with the KEI 3240 Data Logger and the system has proven its reliability over many years. The KEI 3240 Data Logger can be installed on a variety of ships such as tug boats, cargo vessels & bulk carriers.
It can also be retrofitted to ships already in operation or installed for example as part of a hybrid marine propulsion or power upgrade.
The use of the Aquarius Monitoring and Automation System (MAS) will in the near future also provide a ship's crew and/or shore based management team with information regarding by how much fuel consumption is being reduced through the use of the Aquarius MRE System, EnergySail and/or hybrid propulsion.
Additionally the Aquarius MAS is a part of the hybrid marine power system for the Tonbo Hybrid Ferry and incorporated into the solar-electric propulsion system for the Medaka Eco Commuter Ferry. As well it is planned to incorporate this highly adaptable system into other projects including AquariusUSV.
The Aquarius MAS and KEI 3240 Data Logger can also be used as a stand-alone monitoring & data recording system either retro-fitted to existing vessel or for installation ships under construction. Read more...
The EnergySail (patent pending) has been designed by Eco Marine Power and is unlike any other sail - it can be used even when a ship is at anchor or in port and has been designed to withstand high winds or sudden micro-bursts. The EnergySail can also be fitted with a range of renewable energy technologies such as solar panels or wind power devices.
The EnergySail can be incorporated into the design of a wide variety of ships from large Capesize bulk ore carriers to naval and coastguard patrol ships. A variation of the EnergySail that is suitable for Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV's) and smaller ships such as passenger ferries or fishing vessels is also being developed.
The EnergySail is configurable so that in can suit the operational profile of a vessel. For example the number & type of solar panels can be easily changed or a variety of other devices can be fitted to the EnergySail. This flexible nature of the EnergySail design will also allow for it to be upgraded during the life-cycle of the ship or vessel it is fitted to.
Flexible Marine Solar Panels
To harness the the power of the sun on ships and vessels, Eco Marine Power and Solbian Energie Alternative Srl of Italy are working together to develop and promote solutions using flexible marine solar panels.
The Solbian product, in its various versions, is a light, flexible and impact resistant PV module, which can even be walked upon. Lightness and flexibility make Solbian modules particularly suited to marine sustainable mobility applications.
The use of lightweight polymer films instead of traditional glass allows new applications for the proven technology of crystalline silicon cells. The careful choice of materials and their thickness creates the right balance between protection of thin photovoltaic cells and the creation of a flexible and light case.
The polymers used are also characterised by high resistance to weathering, enabling certification according to IEC 61215 and 61730, a guarantee of long life even under the most extreme conditions, such as on racing yachts where the Solbian technology was applied for the first time. Solbian Energie Alternative has also been certified to comply ISO 9001:2008, OHSAS 18001 & ISO 14001 -a new step in quality control.
Battery Technologies for Marine Renewable Energy Applications
These high quality and reliable batteries have been accepted for use on classed vessels by ClassNK (Japan) and are ideally suited for renewable energy applications on ships or on land.
Furukawa Battery also manufacture batteries for auto-mobiles, motorcycles, electric powered vehicles, stationary use, trains, aircraft, portable use and solar power generation systems.