By Cameron Chai
Eco Marine Power (EMP) has launched a concept ship design, using its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) system. The concept design is termed Aquarius eco ship and that belongs to the part of EMP’s current development efforts, which is targeted at giving shipping a sustainable future.
The Aquarius eco ship has been unveiled as a result of a detailed study project, which concentrated on the design optimization of a huge ocean going ship to harness solar and wind power through the Aquarius MRE system.
This MRE System is a new emission reduction and fuel saving technology comprising elements like a computer control system, energy storage modules, an advanced design of rigid sail and solar panels.
This highly configurable and flexible green shipping solution can be installed on different types and sizes of ships. This system can be used in oil tankers, bulk carriers, passenger ferries, survey ships and unmanned surface vessels.
Other fuel saving measures like waste heat recovery technologies, an optimized hull design and an advanced electrical propulsion system along with the Aquarius MRE system will be fitted in a future Aquarius Eco Ship.
These technologies jointly can save the fuel by 40% or more and significantly decrease the noxious gas emission. The renewable energy usage will decrease the carbon footprint of the vessels.
Sufficient solar panels can be incorporated in an Aquarius Eco Ship for energy storage modules and 1MWp solar system. These solar panels can charge the energy storage modules.
The Aquarius MRE system and the Aquarius Eco Ship have been specifically designed considering the actual challenge of operating rigid sails on ocean going ships and incorporate a number of exclusively designed safety features.
EMP is expecting to work with a shipping company or shipyard to develop the concept of the Aquarius Eco Ship. The company will commence the test activities for the Aquarius MRE System and is looking for the production of the system’s commercial version, along with strategic investors and development partners.