Eco Marine Power (EMP) has announced plans to widen the scope of its Aquarius Eco Ship project by inviting other companies to contribute their expertise in fuel-saving and innovative low-emission technologies.
The purpose of the Eco Ship project is to design and build a low-emission, environmentally friendly ship that operates using wind, solar power, and other renewable technologies. The addition of further companies will enable other technologies, such as fuel cells, air lubrication systems, and electrical propulsion to be looked at in further detail. Shipowners that are already part of the project will be invited to participate more directly.
Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) is the main component of the ship. It is a patented fuel saving and emission reduction system that includes solar panels, energy storage modules, computer control systems, and an advanced rigid sail design known as EnergySail.
Elements of Aquarius MRE have already been commercialised and it is expected that the expanded project will lead to further fuel and emission reduction solutions being introduced into the market.
In addition to shipowners being invited to join the project, EMP is also reaching out to equipment vendors, classification societies & shipyards. EMP will also begin to look for additional investors and strategic partners to help support sea trials and commercialise various technologies.
Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power commented: “A primary aim of opening up and widening the Aquarius Eco Ship project is to help develop further, practical fuel and emission reduction technologies beyond our current focus on wind & solar power”.
He added: “We also wish to extend the project’s reach further beyond Japan and bring in additional investors so that we can help other start-ups in the maritime clean technology field.”