May 12th 2011 - Eco Marine Power (EMP) today announced that it has commenced a study to investigate how its Aquarius wind and solar marine power system could be incorporated into a future eco ship specifically designed to minimise fuel consumption and reduce noxious gas emissions. The aim will be to further expand on the company's green shipping concepts and provide a roadmap towards a green energy propulsion system for ships that utilises a range of wind and solar power technologies.

The eco ship study will also consider how technology being developed for the Tonbo solar hybrid marine power (HMP) vessel and Medaka eco solar ferry could be incorporated into a large ship design.

The Aquarius System which is currently being developed by Eco Marine Power, is designed to provide ship owners and shipping lines with a cost effective way to tap into the limitless energy provided by the sun and wind. The system uses an array of rigid but movable sails to collect wind and solar energy which are positioned by a computer system taking into account such things as the speed of the ship and prevailing weather conditions. The system can even be used while a ship is at anchor or in harbour.eco_ship_solar_panels_angled

The Aquarius System will play an important role as world shipping prepares to deal with a range of emission reduction targets. The system will also help drive the future of green shipping and raise awareness across the shipping sector that by using wind & solar power on-board ships, shipping companies can make their operations more environmentally friendly and reduce operating costs.

EMP will also seek to work with other companies during the study to investigate how various wind and solar marine power technologies could possibly be integrated into a single automated system.

The initial results of the study are expected to be available in late 2011.

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About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. is an internationally focused technology company based in Fukuoka, Japan, that develops innovative eco-friendly solar, wind, electric and hybrid marine power and propulsion solutions. The company also designs eco-friendly ship concepts that incorporate the latest green energy technology and is currently working on a number of design projects including the solar-electric hybrid marine power (HMP) vessel Tonbo and eco-solar ferry Medaka.

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