Eco Marine Power (EMP) widened the Aquarius Eco ShipTM project and invited other companies to join this low-emissions ship design initiative. As part of this plan a wider range of technologies will be studied including fuel cells, air lubrication systems & electrical propulsion.
The Aquarius Eco Ship concept design focuses on optimising the design of a large ocean going ship such as a bulk carrier, oil tanker, Ro-Ro vessel or cruise ship, to leverage the power of the wind and sun. This study was started by Eco Marine Power in May 2011.
Vital to the the Aquarius Eco Ship is the Aquarius MRE (Marine Renewable Energy). This aims to improve fuel saving and reduce emissions. To do this it uses solar panels, energy storage modules, computer control systems and a rigid sail design known as the EnergySail.
EMP is searching equipment vendors, classification societies & shipyards, and it will begin looking for additional investors and strategic partners.
Companies already involved in the Aquarius Eco Ship Project include Teramoto Iron Works, The Furukawa Battery Company and KEI System.