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Wind and Solar Power for Ships

Using Renewable Energy for Greener Shipping

The trend towards using renewable and alternative energy sources on land has gathered momentum over the last decade as the general public and policy makers tackle the issues of pollution, energy security and climate change. However at sea the shift towards the widespread adoption of alternative energy is only now beginning to take shape.

Over recent years the shipping industry has begun to seriously look at ways to reduce fossil fuel consumption and operate in a more environmentally friendly way. The concept of Green Shipping or Sustainable Shipping is now becoming an important issue for ship owners, shipping lines and ship builders globally.

In the 1970's and 1980's there were several ships fitted with rigid sails of various types with the aim of reducing fuel consumption. This was driven largely by the oil crisis in the 1970's which resulted in oil shortages and the price of oil soaring. However the oil crisis passed and as the prices fell in the 1980's the viability of rigid sails in terms of cost was undermined. 

However Japanese ships such as the Shin Aitoku Maru and Usuki Pioneer did prove that rigid sails reduced fuel consumption. The rigid sail concept has also been applied to a range of smaller vessels but it has not gained widespread acceptance to date on either large ships or smaller vessels.jamda_shin_aitoku_web_large

Another way to reduce fuel consumption on-board ships is through the use of solar power. Recent advances in solar cell and photovoltaic module technologies have lead to solar power becoming a cost effective fuel reduction option on pleasure boats, ferries and tourist vessels. However on large ships the amount of fuel saved through the use of solar power alone is relatively small. So the idea of a commercially viable solar ship seems impractical at the moment..or is it?

Perhaps rather than having a ship with rigid sails or a ship with solar panels a better approach would be to design a system that could tap into the power of the wind and sun together. The challenge in developing such a solution is to overcome many of the practical problems entailed in trying to use sails or solar panels on large ships. aquarius_eco_ship_2b

But there is a solution on the horizon - the Eco Marine Power (EMP) Aquarius MRE System. This innovative wind and solar marine renewable energy (MRE) solution is  designed so that the practical limitations of using rigid sails and solar panels on ships are overcome.

A ship fitted with the Aquarius MRE System such as a bulk carrier, oil tanker or cargo ship will be partly a solar ship and partly a sail ship. These ships will be able to use wind and solar power together as a source of energy and propulsion (along with the ship's main engines) in order to reduce harmful emissions and lower fuel consumption.  On a large ship, 1000 tonnes or more of bunker fuel could be saved a year by using the Aquarius MRE System. This means that using renewable energy on ships is not only good for the environment but also good for business.

The power of the wind & sun is harnessed via EMP's own rigid sail technology called the EnergySail. This unique unit can incorporate a number of renewable energy technologies and can be installed on wide variety of ships. The EnergySail can be used alone or as part of an array and positioned automatically by a computer control system.

The Aquarius MRE System will offer ship owners and operators an attractive return on investment (ROI) which combined with the environmentall benefits, will help this technology gain widespread acceptance across the maritime industry.

Please note: Aquarius MRE System & EnergySail are trademarks of Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd.

See also: Aquarius Wind and Solar Marine Power System      Solar Ferry Concept


 
         
 

 
 
 
 
 

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

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
 
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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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