Low Emission Solar-Hybrid Ferry

Low emission passenger ferries are needed on the world's urban waterways, marine parks and tourist areas. That's why Eco Marine Power is currently working with a number of development partners on the 'Tonbo' - a solar electric hybrid propulsion ferry that will incorporate the latest green and eco-friendly marine technologies.

Solar Hybrid Ferry Tonbo The Tonbo will use a hybrid marine power (HMP) system combined with a solar-electric power system to provide the energy needed for both propulsion and on-board requirements for such things as lighting & cooling etc. It is also being designed to be friendly to the environment and also reduce operational costs for vessel owners by slashing fuels costs.

The Tonbo solar electric ferry will use the latest Lithium battery technology and will be able to charge these batteries by using the innovative solar panel system or array mounted on the roof or by using shore power when alongside. In addition, an on-board low emission generator will provide a back-up means to recharge the batteries as required.

The lightweight, high efficiency marine grade solar panels used by Tonbo can be moved to maximise energy from the sun or be lowered so the vessel can move under low bridges, if high winds are present or when the vessel is not in use. Hybrid Ferry Tonbo

The initial Tonbo design is focused on a 200-250 passenger solar ferry or sightseeing vessel and includes an open deck area at the rear and an observation area at the front. However the design is very flexible and the basic Tonbo concept could be applied to other vessels such as workboats, cruise vessels and even fishing boats。

When cruising at low speeds (around 8 knots or less) the Tonbo will be able to operate in all-electric mode using the on-board batteries. This will allow it to move almost silently across the water - ideal for evening cocktail cruises or sightseeing trips.

On-board Marine Computer System

The solar panel array will be positioned via an innovative control system currently being developed by Eco Marine Power and it's development partner KEI System of Osaka, Japan. A data management and performance monitoring system will also be installed.

environmental_innovation_2011 The vessel itself will be constructed from marine grade aluminium and recycled materials will be used wherever possible.

The Tonbo solar hybrid power ferry project is already attracting worldwide interest and was nominated for the prestigious Environmental Innovation Award at the 2011 Sustainable Shipping Awards in London.

It's another example that highlights how Eco Marine Power is at the forefront of developing sustainable shipping solutions for a greener marine future.

Technologies utilised on the Tonbo Solar Hybrid Ferry will also be applied to other EMP projects such as the Aquarius USV (unmanned surface vessel) and Aquarius Eco Ship.

Hopefully in the not too distant future - eco-friendly, low emission vessels like the Tonbo will be a frequent sight on waterways the world over.

Without doubt, the Tonbo Solar Hybrid Ferry is yet another revolutionary vessel design concept from Eco Marine Power.

Concept by Greg Atkinson. Eco Marine Power. All rights reserved.

See also: Tonbo Specifications | Tonbo Media Downloads

 

Working Towards a Greener, 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 and CO2, NOX, SOX emissions.

Eco Marine Power YouTubeEco Marine Power (EMP) is at the forefront of 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 focus is on the use of renewable energy technologies to reduce fossil fuel consumption plus reduce airborne pollution and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

 

Eco Marine Power Research Institute

The EMP Research Institute is a virtual institute that links a wide varierty of research projects & research locations so that knowledge and resources can be shared. The institute also conducts research with other companies working with renewable energy and green shipping related technologies. All the research projects and areas listed on this page are incorporated within the Eco Marine Power Research Institute.

Companies currently associated with the EMP Research Institute include The Furukawa Battery Company, Teramoto Iron Works & KEI System.

Topics & research areas investigated by the institute include:

  • Study of ship and marine solar power systems including photovoltaic (PV) panel technologies.
  • Airflow around ships and marine structures.
  • Ship-based automation, control and monitoring systems.
  • Autonomous and unmanned vessels.
  • Energy storage technologies including fuel cells.

 

Aquarius Innovation Lab

R&D facility focused on developing sustainable shipping technologies

Training at Aquarius Innovation LabOur 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 MAS lab is also used for technical training and product familiarisation courses.

 

Onomichi Marine-Tech Test Center

Test and innovation facility focused on marine & ship technologies

Onomichi MTTC at Teramoto Iron WorksThe Onomichi Marine-Tech Test Center or Onomichi MTTC is located at the Teramoto Iron Works Chojahara Workshop in Onomichi, Japan.

The center includes a large outdoor evaluation area that allows for innovative devices such as EMP's EnergySail to be tested.

In addition other marine renewable energy technologies are evaluated at the center including Aquarius marine solar power solutions. marine grade mounting frames for solar panels, battery racks for ships and wind power devices. The TM-600 jack-up rig is also located at the center.

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 was given the working name  "AquariuCFD study of airflow around Aquarius Eco Ships" 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 Aquarius MRE. (MRE = Marine Renewable Energy) and Aquarius Eco Ship.

Aquarius MRE (Patented) allows 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.

Aquarius MRE has been 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 incorporates EMP's EnergySail technology, a data logging, control and monitoring computer system (Aquarius MAS), marine grade solar panels plus 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.

 

Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project

Evaluation of renewable energy systems & fuel saving technologies

The Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy 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 is evaluating 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.Aquarius Marine Solar Power on Blue Star Delos

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 was integrated with the Aquarius MAS and real time performance monitoring of the solar power array conducted.

In addition the fuel oil consumption of the vessel is being logged and emissions data calculated using the Aquarius MAS.

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 class approved marine 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 addition to BLocation of equipment on Blue Star Deloslue Star Ferries and Eco Marine Power other companies involved in the project include: Triad Ltd (Greece), The Furukawa Battery Company (Japan), Solbian Energie Alternative (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

A research paper related to the trials on-board Delos has also been published and can be accessed via:

Analysis of marine solar power trials on Blue Star Delos - Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology. Volume 15, 2016 - Issue 3

 

Aquarius Eco Ship

Low emission vision of future ship design incorporating a range of fuel saving technologies

The EnergySail Array on Eco ShipAquarius Eco Ship is a revolutionary design concept that combines EMP's Aquarius MRE and EnergySail technologies with other fuel saving and emission reduction technologies (such as air lubrication) into an integrated solution for ships including bulk carriers, oil tankers, cargo ships, RoRo vessels, passenger ferries & survey ships.

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.

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).

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 study project was started in 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

Aquarius Unmanned Surface VesselEco 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, surveillance 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, EnergySail, Aquarius MAS & Aquarius USV are trademarks of Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd.

 

eco_ship_mre_solar_1_440x265Our Research and Development (R&D) projects are focused on developing cost effective solutions for utilising wind power and solar energy on ships such as bulk ore carriers, cargo ships, oil tankers, passenger ferries, USV's and naval vessels.

Current projects include the development of the patented Aquarius MRE and EnergySail plus research related to the Aquarius Eco Ship.

Design projects include hybrid marine powered (HMP) commuter ferries plus various evaluation activities ongoing at the Onomichi MTTC in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

 

         
 

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