Use of high performance class-approved batteries can reduce replacement costs & improve safety.

Fukuoka, Japan - 18th August 2020 – As a result of studies into the use of emergency and back-up batteries on ships, The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. (Furukawa Battery) and Eco Marine Power Co., Ltd. (EMP) announced today that they have launched a service to help ship owners reduce battery replacement costs. This service known as the Ship Battery Replacement and Management Service will also reduce waste, reduce the workload for the crew and help improve safety.

During the past few years Furukawa Battery and EMP have been cooperating with the development of renewable energy solutions for ships and have jointly undertaken a number of projects to study and implement marine solar power solutions. During these projects class-approved batteries were installed, however it became obvious that there was scope to utilize battery technologies from Furukawa Battery for other applications on-board ships.

The FCR series batteries for example are ideally suited for 24 VDC emergency back-up battery banks and due to their long-life characteristics they do not need to be replaced as often as many batteries currently being used for this purpose. Additionally they are over 90% recyclable and therefore they are an environmentally friendly option as well. The FCR series are a safe, reliable and easy to install energy storage option and have superior performance characteristics when compared to other similar battery technologies. They also offer customers a less complicated alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Other class-approved battery types available include the UltraBattery®, FCP and FC series.

FCR-50-12 Battery CyclesExpected FCR-50-12 Battery Cycle-life

As part of the Ship Battery Replacement and Management Service, Furukawa Battery and EMP will review the installed batteries on a fleet basis and provide recommendations to ship owners or ship managers regarding replacements or upgrades. Details regarding how a testing plan can extend the life of the installed batteries will also be included. In addition advice regarding safety or storage issues will be highlighted.

On announcing this new service Mr. Yasuhiro Kodaka, General Manager, Overseas Sales & Marketing Department at Furukawa Battery said: “Furukawa Battery has a range of class-approved batteries suitable for use on ships and we look forward to working with Eco Marine Power to help ship managers and ship owners reduce costs and improve how they manage on-board batteries and their replacements.”

Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power added: “Not only is it possible to reduce battery replacement costs by improving on-board battery management but it can also improve safety. We have for example seen cases where batteries have exploded due to incorrect or low quality types being installed or batteries failing after just a few months for the same reason. Clearly if emergency back-up batteries fail then this is a serious safety issue and these problems can be prevented via our new service.”

FCR battery installation on shipFCR-50-12 Batteries Being Installed on a Large Cargo Ship
In addition to recommending and supplying replacement batteries, Furukawa Battery and EMP can arrange to supply battery cable sets, battery spacers, battery frame kits and battery test units.

For more information about EMP’s innovative zero emission solution for ships please see: www.ecomarinepower.com/technologies

About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is an internationally focused technology company based in Fukuoka, Japan, that develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, cruise ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies and solutions include Aquarius Marine Solar Power, EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®.

To read more about Eco Marine Power please visit: www.ecomarinepower.com

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Greg Atkinson
Director & Chief Technology Officer
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Zero emission power and propulsion system for ships being prepared for installation.

Fukuoka, Japan - 30th April 2020 - In another major step towards commercializing its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (Aquarius MRE®) solution, Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it had commenced a feasibility study regarding the installation of the solution onto a LR2 Tanker. The study is being undertaken in co-operation with the ship owner and will investigate how various technologies can reduce fuel consumption and emissions on-board the vessel.

The scope of the feasibility study includes; investigating installation locations for marine-grade solar panel and frames, an energy-storage system, an automated alarm and monitoring system & the fitting of EnergySail’s onto the ship. Also involved in the study at this stage are Teramoto Iron Works Co. Ltd., The Furukawa Battery Company, KEI System Ltd., and Fuji Trading Co., Ltd.

The LR2 Tanker selected for the study is approximately 240 metres in length and is the largest ship of this type that EMP has investigated the detailed installation of its complete Aquarius MRE solution. Aquarius MRE is a zero emissions power and propulsion system that incorporates an array of automated rigid sails, marine-grade solar panels, energy storage modules, charging equipment and computer systems. Aquarius MRE enables ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun. The array of rigid sails are automatically positioned by a computer system to best suit the prevailing weather conditions and can be lowered and stored when not in use or in bad weather.

Aquarius MRE | Eco Marine PowerImpression of Aquarius MRE on Eco Bulker Design Concept

The rigid sails are based on EMP's patented EnergySail® technology and these renewable energy devices can even be used when a ship is at anchor or in harbour. Each EnergySail can be configured with a mix of sensors, photovoltaic panels or other power generating devices.

Also included in the feasibility study will be modelling of the expected fuel consumption and emission reductions that could be achieved via the use of Aquarius MRE, plus Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling of airflow around the ship. EMP is also investigating which marine-grade solar panels would be the most suitable for the project and also the feasibility of adding further equipment including low power LED lighting and other power saving devices.

Tanker CFD Airflow Study | Eco Marine PowerVirtual wind tunnel study of airflow around Oil Tanker

Preparation for the feasibility study commenced in 2019 when a vessel survey was conducted and it is expected that the feasibility study phase will be completed in early 2021. Some equipment for an initial system trial may be installed on the ship within 2020.

For more information about EMP’s innovative zero emission solution for ships please see: www.ecomarinepower.com/technologies

About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is an internationally focused technology company based in Fukuoka, Japan, that develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, cruise ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies and solutions include Aquarius Marine Solar Power, EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®. To read more about Eco Marine Power please visit: www.ecomarinepower.com

Media Enquiries

Greg Atkinson
Director & Chief Technology Officer
Phone: +81 92 287 9677
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Innovative sail-assisted propulsion and solar power device for ships ready for demonstrations and further evaluation testing.

Fukuoka, Japan - 4th March 2020 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that an EnergySail® demonstration and test unit has been unveiled at the Onomichi Marine Tech Test Centre (MTTC) in Japan. This full scale version of an EnergySail is an upgrade of the pre-production unit and represents one of the smaller types of EnergySail that will be put into commercial service. It was manufactured by EMP’s strategic partner Teramoto Iron Works Co., Ltd. and will be used for demonstrations for potential customers and during preparatioAquarius MRE - renewable energy for shipsAquarius MRE - renewable energy for shipsns for sea trials.

The patented EnergySail can be fitted with marine-grade solar panels and therefore it is capable of providing ships with a zero emissions source of supplementary propulsive power and electrical power. Currently EMP is evaluating a number of photovoltaic (PV) panel types at the Onomichi MTTC and the type of PV panel to be used for sea trials will be determined by the middle of this year.

The flexible design of the EnergySail enables for it to be upgraded during the life-cycle of the ship so that newer technologies can be incorporated if required. It has also been designed so that it will require little maintenance and be robust enough to withstand the harsh conditions of an operational life at sea over many years. These features of the design will be evaluated during further shore-based testing. The demonstration and test unit has an overall height of approximately 6 metres when raised and can be lowered and stored when not in use.

The EnergySail is also a core sub-system of EMP’s Aquarius MRE® (marine renewable energy) solution. Aquarius MRE combines wind, solar, energy storage and marine computer technologies into a scalable clean energy system for a wide range of ships including coastal cargo vessels, bulkers, tankers and cruise ships. The solar power sub-system of Aquarius MRE has already been installed on ships and the next step will be to combine this with the EnergySail technology. A project to plan and install a complete Aquarius MRE solution is underway and it is anticipated that the installation of equipment will commence this year.

RepresentEnergySail at Onomichi MTTC during visit by ZEABORN Ship ManagementEnergySail at Onomichi MTTC during visit by ZEABORN Ship Managementatives from ZEABORN Ship Management Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) were recently welcomed to inspect the EnergySail and also shown other equipment installed at the Onomichi MTTC including marine solar panels and the TM-600 jack-up rig system. ZEABORN Ship Management manages more than 130 vessels, from their offices in Hamburg and Singapore. ZEABORN has embarked upon a drive towards digitalization and marine innovation projects, and is already participating in sustainable energy projects together with Eco Marine Power, with the support of progressive Owners. Also present during this visit were representatives from Fuji Trading Co., Ltd. and The Furukawa Battery Company.

Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power commented, “We have spent some years now working towards the commercial deployment of our EnergySail rather than simply installing a prototype onto a ship. This is because we have been focused on getting a class-approved and cost effective sail-assisted propulsion system ready that can also be integrated with other systems via our Aquarius MRE solution. Installing an integrated class-approved renewable energy system with the EnergySail’s as a source of zero emissions power will be a major step forward in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.”

For more information about EMP’s EnergySail please see: www.ecomarinepower.com/energysail

About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is an internationally focused technology company based in Fukuoka, Japan, that develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, cruise ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies and solutions include Aquarius Marine Solar Power, EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®.

To read more about Eco Marine Power please visit: www.ecomarinepower.com

Media Enquiries

Greg Atkinson
Director & Chief Technology Officer
Phone: +81 92 287 9677
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Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) and fuel monitoring system integrated for the first time onboard a ship.

Fukuoka, Japan – 4th September 2019 – Eco Marine Power (EMP) has recently taken another step forward towards creating its multi-vendor platform for onboard ship systems by completing the integration of its Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) with the onboard fuel monitoring system installed on the large general cargo ship, MV Panamana, owned by Singaporean carrier Masterbulk. This world first was achieved in cooperation with KEI System Co. Ltd. (Japan) and Hoppe Marine GmbH (Germany) with additional technical services provided by Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., who were responsible for technical ship management and crewing.

Aquarius MAS installed onboard MV PanamanaAquarius MAS fuel oil consumption and emissions display onboard MV PanamanaAquarius MAS is a cost effective fuel oil consumption (FOC) monitoring, alarm handling and data logging platform suitable for a wide range of ships. Aquarius MAS reports and logs fuel consumption in real-time, produces daily consumption reports and calculates vessel emissions (CO2, SOx). It can also monitor and manage renewable energy systems and onboard MV Panamana, it is integrated with EMP’s Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution. The integration of systems onboard MV Panamana is also another important step forward towards the deployment of EMP’s patented Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) solution - a rigid sail and solar power system able to provide zero emissions power onboard ships.

Charan Singh, Managing Director of Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore) stated: “As the ship manager of MV Panamana it is our declared aim to continuously improve its energy efficiency and to ensure an optimized performance in daily operations. This applies to all vessels under our management. A system providing real-time information on fuel consumption is a significant help in that respect. Therefore, we embrace and foster innovative developments like the Aquarius MAS system,” He added: “With the decision to implement this tool, ship owner Masterbulk has proven its foresight and innovative strength. Fuel consumption not only represents the lion's share of a vessel’s voyage costs, it also has a direct impact on the vessel's environmental footprint, a factor of ever-increasing importance.”

For more information about EMP’s Aquarius MAS please see: www.ecomarinepower.com/aquarius-mas

About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is an internationally focused technology company that develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, cruise ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies and solutions include Aquarius Marine Solar Power, EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®.

To read more about Eco Marine Power please visit: www.ecomarinepower.com

Media Enquiries

Greg Atkinson
Director & Chief Technology Officer
Phone: +81 92 287 9677
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New battery series now available for wide variety of applications including standby & emergency power.

Fukuoka, Japan – 9th July 2019 – Eco Marine Power (EMP) in cooperation with the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan (Furukawa Battery) are pleased to announce that the FCR series of high performance and recyclable batteries been accepted for use on classed or to be classed vessels with Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK). The FCR series of batteries will now be used as appropriate for EMP projects and supplied as replacement batteries as required.

The Furukawa Battery FCR series are suitable for a wide range of applications ranging from use with renewable energy systems to back-up energy storage for emergency power supplies. They were originally developed for the demanding requirements of the Japanese railway system, however the robustness of their design and long cycle life have led to them being used for other applications.

The FCR series are also a safe, reliable and easy to install energy storage option and have superior performance characteristics when compared to other similar battery technologies. They also offer customers a less complicated alternative to lithium-ion batteries.

Initially the FCR-50-12 and FCR-100-6 will be promoted for ship & offshore use although other batteries in the series will also be made available as required.

FCR Battery SpecificationsFCR-50-12 battery from Furukawa Battery

Study projects jointly conducted by Furukawa Battery and EMP have also indicated that the use of FCR series batteries onboard ships can reduce battery replacement costs by 50% or more. This is due to the higher quality and longer life of the FCR series when compared to many of the battery types currently being used on ships.

Upon receiving the ClassNK acceptance letter, Mr. Yasuhiro Kodaka, General Manager, Overseas Sales & Marketing Department at Furukawa Battery commented, “The certification of the FCR batteries by ClassNK is another example of how the advanced battery technologies from Furukawa Battery can be applied to a wide range of applications including railways, land-based energy storage systems and standby batteries for ships and offshore platforms.” He added. “Together with Eco Marine Power we look forward to introducing the FCR series to shipping and explore other applications for this high quality & long life battery technology.”

For more information about EMP products please see: www.ecomarinepower.com/products

About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is an internationally focused technology company that develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, cruise ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies and solutions include Aquarius Marine Solar Power, EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®.

To read more about Eco Marine Power please visit: www.ecomarinepower.com

Media Enquiries

Greg Atkinson

Director & Chief Technology Officer

Phone: +81 92 287 9677

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further Information

Marine Batteries and Ship Batteries FAQ: https://www.ecomarinepower.com/en/products/133-marine-batteries-and-ship-batteries-faq

 

         
 

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