The Japanese technology firm Eco Marine Power has launched a feasibility study into the installation of its zero-emission power and propulsion system onto an LR2 tanker.
The system is known as Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy
(Aquarius MRE) and it aims to enable ships to tap into renewable energy by
harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun
It incorporates an array of automated rigid sails,
marine-grade solar panels, energy storage modules, charging equipment and
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.
The study is being undertaken in co-operation with the
unnamed shipowner and will investigate how various technologies can reduce fuel
consumption and emissions on-board the vessel, the company said.
The study will look into the potential installation
locations for marine-grade solar panel and frames, an energy-storage system, an
automated alarm and monitoring system as well as the fitting of EnergySail’s
onto the ship.
Modeling of the expected fuel consumption and emission
reductions will also be investigated during the study combined with
Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modeling of airflow around the ship.
EMP is also investigating which marine-grade solar panels
would be the most suitable for the project and the feasibility of adding
further equipment including low power LED lighting and other power-saving
Japanese companies Teramoto Iron Works, The Furukawa Battery
Company, KEI System and Fuji Trading are also involved in the study at this