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  1. Portable fuel cell battery developed by Furukawa Battery can provide electricity for up to 5 days

    Fukuoka, Japan – 7th March 2019 – In co-operation with Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. (Furukawa Battery) and several ship owners, Eco Marine Power (EMP) is conducting an evaluation trial using the MgBOX fuel cell or air battery. These trials will help determine how this innovative emergency battery can be best stored and used on ships. Once this work is completed it is planned to make the MgBOX available for use worldwide on a variety of vessels, offshore platforms & other marine applications.

    MgBOX on display in Tokyo at Sea JapanThe MgBOX is a small and portable emergency magnesium (Mg) air battery developed by Furukawa Battery. The MgBOX can be stored for long periods and is activated by simply adding fresh or salt water. Once activated, an MgBOX will provide a source of electricity for up to five days via a USB adaptor box or hub. Devices that can be connected to the USB adaptor box include small lights, mobile phones and smartphones. The USB adaptor box is included inside the MgBOX and can also be used to recharge small portable devices multiple times. 

    On a ship, multiple MgBOX units could be stored in various locations including the wheelhouse, engine control room (ECR), crew accommodation areas & areas where passengers may gather during an emergency. Before adding water, the MgBOX weighs only 1.6 kg and therefore it can be stored in a variety of locations including on shelves and then moved easily to where it is needed.

    The MgBOX was developed by Furukawa Battery as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. During that time one of the company’s factories in Iwaki City, Fukushima, was affected and people in the area were left without power. In response Furukawa Battery developed the MgBOX and it was first released in Japan in 2014.

    EMP began to investigate a range of emergency power options after an incident on a ferry in Europe in 2014 resulted in passengers being stranded on the vessel without any lights at night. “Our Aquarius Marine Solar Power is a solution that can provide a significant amount of supplementary and emergency electrical power, but we also wanted a lightweight portable option” commented Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power. “It soon became clear after talking with Furukawa Battery that the MgBOX was the ideal solution and the fact that it could be activated by water including sea water made it a good fit for use on ships.”

    It is expected that after feedback from ship owners and further study that the MgBOX will become available worldwide by mid 2019.

    For further information about the MgBOX please see: MgBOX Magnesium Air Battery

    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, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®. EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

    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: media@ecomarinepower.com

  2. UltraBattery battery pack to be used for ship solar power system on large general cargo ship.

    Fukuoka, Japan – 19th December 2018 – As part of a joint project with Masterbulk Pte. Ltd. (Masterbulk), Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that an UltraBattery®(UB) battery pack manufactured by the Furukawa Battery Company (Furukawa Battery) has been installed on the large general cargo ship – MV Panamana. This battery pack will later form part of an Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution developed by EMP and be evaluated jointly with Masterbulk and ZEABORN Ship Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

    The battery pack installed on the ship incorporates class-approved UB-50-12 Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) batteries along with an easy to insMV Panamanatall marine-grade battery frame kit. This combination allowed for the batteries and frame kit to be loaded onto the ship and installed by the ship’s technical team with only remote support being required. The frame kit for the batteries was manufactured by Teramoto Iron Works and specially design to be used with the UB-50-12 batteries.

    UB-50-12 VRLA batteries are the ideal solution for smart grid, wind power and solar power applications and are safe, recyclable and have a long cycle life. These hybrid batteries incorporate unique ultracapacitor technology and along with the larger capacity UB-1000, are suitable for use on ships, offshore platforms and land-based applications.

    Commenting on thUltraBattery on MV Panamanais latest development, Mr. Yasuhiro Kodaka, General Manager of International Sales at Furukawa Battery said, “We are very pleased to see our high quality UltraBattery series being used on ships. These long-life and very reliable batteries offer a cost effective alternative to lithium-ion type batteries and are also relatively easier to install and maintain”.

    Lars Modin, Chief Executive Officer at Masterbulk stated, “At the core of Masterbulk’s corporate sustainability policy is a focus on protecting the planet and exploring the use of renewable energy on our ships, as part of our strategy to further reduce emissions and fuel consumption.” 

    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, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®. EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

    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: media@ecomarinepower.com

  3. Technical co-operation focused on supporting sea trials and commercial production of wind and solar power system for ships.

    Fukuoka, Japan - 6th November 2018 - In another significant move towards commercial release of the EnergySail®, Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it has begun collaboration with ClassNK (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai) to confirm design requirements and issues related to sea trials. The goal is to pave the way to the full commercial production of the EnergySail and thus complete the preparationEnergySail - wind and solar power for ships of technologies required for the release of EMP’s Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy or Aquarius MRE® solution.

    The patented Aquarius MRE is an advanced integrated system of rigid sails, marine-grade solar panels, energy storage modules, charging system and marine computers that will enable ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun. These sources of emission-free power will lead to lower fuel consumption on ships plus reduce CO2emissions and the release of other noxious gases. The rigid sails developed by Eco Marine Power are known as EnergySail’s. These 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.

    Areas of collaboration between Eco Marine Power and ClassNK will include operation of the automated control system, software and hardware safety measures and installation methods.

    Commenting on this latest news, Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power stated, “The collaboration with ClassNK is a very important part of our development strategy as we work towards verifying the operation of our EnergySail both ashore and on a ship during sea trials. We also want to make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes made during the development of previous sail-assisted or wind-assisted propulsion solutions, especially in terms of operability. From our point of view it’s not a race to be first and repeat what has been done before; instead our focus is on innovation with an emphasis on quality and long term performance.”

    Also involved in the collaboration process with ClassNK are EMP’s strategic partners Teramoto Iron Works, The Furukawa Battery Company and KEI System. Shore based testing of the EnergySail will be conducted at the Onomichi Marine Tech Test Center (MTTC) and EMP is also involved in discussions with several ship owners regarding the world’s first installation of a complete Aquarius MRE solution.

    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, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®. EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

    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: media@ecomarinepower.com

  4. Computer systems for sail-assisted propulsion and ship solar power 

    Fukuoka, Japan - 23rd October 2018 - As part of the ongoing strategy to prepare its EnergySail and Aquarius MRE for commercial release, Eco Marine Power (EMP) unveiled today further details of the automated control and monitoring systems. These enable EMP's technologies to integrate with existing ship-based systems. This will facilitate the seamless operation between EMP's renewable energy platforms with other equipment on ships including fuel flow meters.

    Three marine computer systems jointly developed with KEI System Ltd will be integrated to provide a robust, reliable and easy to operate control and monitoring platform for all elements of Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE). These include the Aquarius Management and Automation System (Aquarius MAS), the EnergySail Automated Control System (EnergySail ACS) and Aquarius Integrated Management System (Aquarius IMS). Effectively the EnergySail ACS is used for automated control of the EnergySail’s either as stand-alone units or as part of an array. Aquarius MAS manages EMP's ship solar power system including monitoring the charge controllers and hybrid battery packs.

     

    Aquarius MRE Control Systems

    Overall the Aquarius IMS is the central interface and control platform for both the Aquarius MAS and EnergySail ACS. The overall system architecture also includes redundancy and the ability to monitor equipment on tablet computers via on-board WiFi links. Operational and performance data is also displayed and logged in real time including fuel consumption, calculated CO2, NOX, SOX emissions, ship speed and location, solar power output plus the status of the EnergySail's. This data can easily be sent back to an onshore support or technical office for further analysis.

    EnergySail Array CFD AnalsysisA major focus of the system development has been related to the intelligent control of the EnergySail's either when used individually or part of an array. Fine tuning of the control algorithms is ongoing and this work encompasses elements of robotics engineering, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and artificial intelligence (AI). This methodology is a key component of EMP's intellectual property (IP) strategy.

    In addition to being incorporated as part of a complete Aquarius MRE solution, each of the marine computer systems has other applications as well. For example the Aquarius MAS can be configured as a compact version and used to monitor fuel consumption and emissions or installed as part of an Aquarius Marine Solar Power package.

     

    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, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®. EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

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    Media Enquiries

    Eco Marine Power

    Greg Atkinson

    Director & Chief Technology Officer

    Phone: +81 92 287 9677

    E-mail: media@ecomarinepower.com

     

  5. 5 year study conducted on-board ships, in test lab & at outdoor evaluation area

    Fukuoka, Japan – 16th July 2018 – After an extensive study project, Eco Marine Power (EMP) has today released some of the key findings related to the use of solar power on ships and the selection and installation of related equipment. This study was carried out over a 5 year period and included: installation of a trial system on the high speed RoRo Ferry Blue Star Delos, several ship surveys, computer-aided analysis, plus evaluation of various equipment in a test lab and also at an outdoor evaluation area.

    The overall system design used as a basis for the study was EMP's Aquarius Marine Solar Power. This system incorporates class-approved hardware and is able to provide a stable and reliable source of emissions-free power on-board ships or it could be used as an emergency back-up power system. The study covered a range of topics including system design, system performance, installation methods, hardware selection and a review of marine-grade photovoltaic (PV) technologies.

    Aquarius Marine Solar Power - System Overview

     

    Prototype version of Ship PV Module and Frame Kit at Onomichi MTTC

     

    Some key findings resulting from the study included:

    • The type of PV module best suited for a ship-based project may vary depending on a number of factors including the location where the modules will be installed. In some cases PV modules of differing types and/or technologies may be required in different locations.
    • Careful attention needs to be focused on the way the PV modules are installed and mounted. For best results specially designed marine-grade frames suitable for use on ships should be used.
    • High quality valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) battery technologies are suitable for ship-based solar projects. These batteries are cost effective and require very little ongoing maintenance.
    • The installation methods suggested by the PV module manufactures may not be suitable for ships, and customization of the PV module may be required in certain cases.
    • A class approved monitoring system should be included with any ship-based solar power system.
    • A solar power system on a ship combined with DC loads such as lighting can be an effective way to reduce system cost, lower power losses & simplify the overall system design.

    Based on these and other findings resulting from the study, EMP has taken a number of actions including product improvements, with some key highlights being:

    • Customized high quality PV module and frame kits have been developed. Several types are available with each type modified if required to suit a particular ship type or application.
    • VRLA hybrid battery packs using class-approved batteries have been released in co-operation with The Furukawa Battery Company. These battery packs include easy to assemble battery frame kits that simplify the installation process and reduce costs.
    • The PV modules & mounting frames customization process has been refined and will now be carried out mainly in Onomichi, Japan, in co-operation with Teramoto Iron Works.
    • Additional alarm & performance monitoring features have been added to the Aquarius Management & Automation System or Aquarius MAS.
    • EMP will initiate a certification process for selected PV modules based on the review of specifications, testing & the evaluation of their performance.

    Commenting on the completion of the study, Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power said, "We have gained many valuable insights into the design, installation and use of solar power on ships during the last 5 years. These insights have been used to refine our system design and product offerings and we are now in the process of deploying commercial systems."

     

    Marine Hybrid Battery Pack

     

    EMP will also expand the range of technologies being evaluated at the Onomichi MTTCand will work with selected manufacturers of PV modules and solar panels to further optimise them for ship and marine use. For more information about these and other activities please visit EMP's Research & Development webpage.

    For enquiries please use our Online Contact Form

    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, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®. EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

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  6. UB-50-12 battery packs with proven hybrid technology ready for use on ships & offshore platforms.

    Fukuoka, Japan – 29th June 2018 – In co-operation with its strategic partners Furukawa Battery and Teramoto Iron Works, Eco Marine Power (EMP) has today announced the release of two UB-50-12 hybrid battery packs for ship, offshore and land-based renewable energy projects. These safe, reliable and recyclable battery packs will be available in 2.4kWh and 3.6kWh configurations. Multiple battery packs can be installed together to provide the amount of energy storage needed from small scale installations to larger energy storage projects.

    The battery packs will incorporate UltraBattery® (UB) technology supplied by The Furukawa Battery Company and a battery rack system developed jointly by Teramoto Iron Works and Eco Marine Power. This battery rack system is scalable, easy to assemble with the design based on experience from EMP's renewable energy projects on ships. Each battery pack includes UB-50-12 batteries, internal cables and frame kit.

    UB-50-12 valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries are the ideal solution for smart grid, wind power and solar power applications. In addition they are very reliable, require little maintenance and are recyclable. UB series batteries have also been approved for use by ClassNK and certified by EMP.

    Hybrid Battery Pack for Ships from Eco Marine Power

    Commenting on the release of the UB-50-12 hybrid battery packs. Mr. Kodaka, General Manager, Overseas Sales and Marketing Department at Furukawa Battery stated, "Our UltraBattery technology is ideally suited for renewable energy applications and we look forward to promoting the use of renewable energy on ships together with Eco Marine Power."

    Mr. Teramoto, President of Teramoto Iron Works commented, "Our company is pleased to be working with Furukawa Battery and Eco Marine Power in bringing this new product to the market and it also allows us to demonstrate again our ability to produce high quality marine-grade steel products."

    UB-50-12 battery packs will become the standard energy storage solution for EMP's Aquarius Marine Solar Power and will also be offered as stand-alone configurations.

    For further information please see: Energy Storage for Ships and Marine Batteries

    For enquiries please use our Online Contact Form


    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, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®. EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

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  7. First public display of an EnergySail & Hybrid Battery Pack

    Eco Marine Power (EMP) along with strategic partners Teramoto Iron Works and The Furukawa Battery Company recently exhibited a range of products & technologies at Sea Japan 2018 in Tokyo. A small EnergySail lab prototype was also publicly displayed for the first time along with its Automated Control System (ACS). 

    The patented EnergySailis a rigid sail device developed by EMP that will allow ships to harness the power of the wind and sun in order to reduce fuel costs plus lower noxious gas and CO2 emissions. The EnergySail is unlike any other sail and can be used even when a ship is at anchor or in port and will be included in the Aquarius MRE system trials that are scheduled to begin later this year.

    EnergySail Prototype and other products at Sea Japan 2018

    EMP has begun joint studies with several ship owners regarding how the EnergySail can be used on a variety of ships including bulk ore carriers, cargo vessels and cruise ships and there was a lot of interest shown in the device during the event.

    Also on display for the first time was a hybrid VRLA (valve regulated lead acid) battery kit for ships that incorporates UltraBattery® technology from the Furukawa Battery Company with a mounting frame kit supplied by Teramoto Iron Works. This hybrid battery kit can be easily installed onto new or existing ships for use with EMP's Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution or used for other ship and marine applications.  Hybrid VRLA battery technology from Furukawa Battery is very safe, extremely reliable and has a long cycle life making it ideal for ship and land-based renewable energy projects.

    UB-50-12 Battery Kit with EnergySail ACS

    The Furukawa Battery Company also demonstrated the operation of its MgBOX - a portable emergency battery. After water is added the MgBOX can provide power via two USB ports for up to 5 days and they can be used to re-charge portable devices such as smartphones and provide power to a small LED lights.

    MgBOX emergency battery from Furukawa Battery

    Other products shown during the three day event included flexible marine grade solar panels and the Aquarius Management and Automation System (MAS) with fuel oi consumption (FOC) monitoring.  Strategic partner KEI System was co-located next to EMP at Sea Japan and the company showcased its new marine computer system - the 64S.

    Sea Japan 2018 was held at the Tokyo Big Sight Convention Center between 11th - 13th April.

    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, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®. EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

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  8. Joint study focused on feasibility of installing technologies associated with Aquarius MRE onto existing and new ships

    Fukuoka, Japan – 21st March 2018 – As part of its continued focus on bringing renewable energy solutions to shipping, Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Star Bulk S.A. (Star Bulk) covering a joint study project focused on the feasibility of using EMP’s technologies on existing and new bulk carriers.

    Star Bulk and EMP Sign MOUThe joint study between Star Bulk and EMP will cover engineering issues related to how various equipment including solar panels, batteries and other devices can be installed on existing and new ships. The study will also estimate the amount of power that can be provided via renewable energy along selected routes and for specific ship types.  Fuel Oil Consumption (FOC) and emissions savings will also be calculated and issues related to safety and ship operations such as cargo handling will be considered.

    Teramoto Iron Works Ltd., and The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd.,  will also be involved during certain stages of the study to assist with resolving issues such as best options for installing batteries on ships utilizing both customized battery frame kits and also self-contained marine battery housing modules. The self-contained marine battery housing modules are suitable for a range of battery technologies including the UltraBattery® from Furukawa Battery. This innovative hybrid battery technology has been approved for use on ships by ClassNK (Nippon Kaiji Kyokai) and is ideally suited for both land & marine renewable energy applications.

    The joint study project between Star Bulk and EMP is scheduled to be conducted over a period of two years.

    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, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®. EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

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

    About Star Bulk

    Star Bulk is a global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector. Star Bulk's vessels transport major bulks, which include iron ore, coal and grain and minor bulks which include bauxite, fertilizers and steel products. Star Bulk was incorporated in the Marshall Islands on December 13, 2006 and maintains executive offices in Athens, Greece. Its common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol "SBLK". On a fully delivered basis, Star Bulk will have a fleet of 74 vessels, with an aggregate capacity of 8.2 million dwt, consisting of Newcastlemax, Capesize, Post Panamax, Kamsarmax, Panamax, Ultramax and Supramax vessels with carrying capacities between 52,055 dwt and 209,537 dwt.

    Media Enquiries

    Media contact at Eco Marine Power

    Greg Atkinson

    Director & Chief Technology Officer

    Phone: +81 92 287 9677

    E-mail: greg.atkinson@ecomarinepower.com

    Media contact at Star Bulk

    Zenon Kleopas

    EVP & Technical Director

    Phone: +30-210 6178400

    E-mail: zkleopas@starbulk.com

    or

    George Mantalos

    Technical Manager

    Phone: +30-210 6178400

    E-mail: gmantalos@starbulk.com

  9. Certification obtained after factory inspection, evaluation trials & testing by Eco Marine Power

    Fukuoka, Japan – 19th February 2018 – Eco Marine Power (EMP) today announced that it has formally certified The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. of Japan, as a supplier of batteries for use on ship and marine structures. The certification covers a range of batteries technologies including the hybrid valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) UltraBattery®.

    Furukawa Battery and EMP first began to co-operate in 2014 and teamed up for the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Project during which Furukawa Battery supplied a FC-38-12 battery pack for evaluation on-board thUltra Battery UB-50-12 from Furukawa Batterye high speed ferry – Blue Star Delos. This co-operation has since extended to include the evaluation of other battery technologies including the UltraBattery® (UB) series.Recently the first UB-50-12 battery pack for ships was prepared and these high quality, safe batteries are ideal for renewable energy projects and have a long cycle life.  Furukawa Cycle Power (FCP) batteries have also been certified by EMP.

    The certification process included obtaining approval from ClassNK for each battery type, an inspection of the Furukawa Battery production centre at Imaichi Plant at Nikko, Japan, and a review of the relevant quality standards and certifications including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.  EMP also assessed how Furukawa Battery recycles returned batteries as part of a sustainability review.

    The batteries coveredby the EMP certification are the: FC-38-12, UB-50-12, FCP-500 & FCP-1000.


    Recycled Water Facility at Furukawa Battery Imaichi Plant

     

    Commenting on the EMP certification, Mr. Kodaka, General Manager, Overseas Sales and Marketing Department at Furukawa Battery said, “We are very pleased to have been recognised by Eco Marine Power as a supplier of high quality and reliable batteries for ships and marine use. Our battery technologies have been proven to be very safe and reliable over many years and we are excited that we can offer these globally in co-operation with Eco Marine Power.”

    Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power said, “For many energy storage solutions for ships and marine applications the key is to keep things simple, safe and reliable. The battery technologies that we have certified from Furukawa Battery allow us to offer energy storage solutions that are easy to install, do not require complicated cooling or control systems and are cost effective.”

    Furukawa Battery will display its battery technologies for ships along with Eco Marine Power during Sea Japan in Tokyo, between April 11th – 13th 2018.

    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, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®.

    EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

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

    About Furukawa Battery

    The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of storage batteries and electrical machinery in Japan and internationally. Furukawa Battery products include batteries for use in cars, motorcycles, electric vehicles, trains, aircraft, telecommunications, ships, renewable energy applications and spacecraft.

    Furukawa Battery was established in 1950 and it addition to its head office in Yokohama the company has a number of manufacturing facilities located both in Japan and in S.E. Asia. The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd. has been certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standards.  For more information please visit the Furukawa Battery Website. http://www.furukawadenchi.co.jp/english

    Media Enquiries

    Greg Atkinson

    Director & Chief Technology Officer

    Eco Marine Power.

    Phone: +81 92 287 9677

    E-mail: media@ecomarinepower.com

  10. Agreement paves the way for commercial production of EnergySail and Aquarius MRE

    Fukuoka, Japan – 23rd January 2018 – In another major step towards bringing rigid sails onto powered ships, Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced today that it has signed a patent license agreement with Teramoto Iron Works Ltd concerning patents related to EMP’s EnergySail® and Aquarius MRE® technologies.

    Teramoto Iron Works is one of the few companies in the world that has experience in the production of rigid sails and was involved in the manufacture of JAMDA sails in Japan in the 1980’s. Teramoto Iron Works was selected to manufacture the first production version of EMP’s EnergySail in 2016 and this latest agreement with EMP paves the way to full commercial production once sea trials have been completed.

    Teramoto Iron Works Design Team

    The patented EnergySail is an automated rigid sail device that enables ships to utilize the power of the wind to reduce fuel consumption and lower vessel emissions.  It can also be fitted with flexible marine-grade solar panels or other devices and used to charge batteries or the electrical power fed into a ships power system.  Alternatively an EnergySail array can be incorporated into EMP’s Aquarius MRE (Marine Renewable Energy) solution.

    Commenting on this latest agreement with EMP, Mr. Yoshitaka Teramoto, President of Teramoto Iron Works stated, “I am proud that our company is at the forefront of bringing the EnergySail towards commercial production and that we are able to demonstrate again, our ability to manufacture high quality and specialized solutions for shipping.”

    Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power added, “There are very few companies in the world that have an established track record in manufacturing large sails for powered ships, so I’m extremely pleased that EMP has been able to expand our relationship with Teramoto Iron Works.”

    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, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®.

    EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

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

    About Teramoto Iron Works

    Founded in 1934 in Onomichi, Japan, Teramoto Iron Works Co., Ltd. has a long and established reputation as a manufacture of high quality marine fittings, crane components and lifting gear for ships. The company has also developed and produced the TM-600, a jack-up rig for offshore platforms, and also manufactures marine-grade solar panel frames and customised battery frames.

    To read more about Teramoto Iron Works please visit: http://www.teramoto-iron.jp

    Media Enquiries

    Eco Marine Power

    Greg Atkinson

    Director & Chief Technology Officer

    Phone: +81 92 287 9677

    E-mail: greg.atkinson@ecomarinepower.com


         
 

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Hybrid marine power solutions including solar power save fuel, reduce pollution and are cost effective. Eco Marine Power is at the forefront of developing low emission & fuel saving solutions for ships, Our computer systems also provide a control interface between renewable energy & other systems on-board ships.
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Eco Marine Power is at the forefront of providing innovative marine renewable energy technologies for shipping that harness the power of the sun & wind. These solutions include Aquarius MRE, EnergySail & Aquarius Marine Solar Power. These reduce fuel consumption, lower noxious gas emissions and deliver cost benefits.
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Aquarius Management & Automation System or Aquarius MAS is a cost effective alarm handling, monitoring & data logging platform suitable for a wide range of ships. The system is based upon the reliable KEI 3240 Data Logger and is class approved. Aquarius MAS can also monitor fuel use & calculate vessel emissions.
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Our design & consulting services include green ship & eco ship concept designs, renewable energy surveys, renewable energy systems design & consulting support for new ship and retrofit projects. We work with ship owners, ship managers and ship yards to develop the right renewable energy solution for their needs.
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