Eco Marine Power (EMP) has started a feasibility study to explore the installation of the Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (Aquarius MRE) solution onto an LR2 Tanker.

The study is being carried out in collaboration with the shipowner and will explore how different technologies can decrease the consumption of fuel and emissions.

The study will investigate the locations to install marine-grade solar panel and frames, energy-storage system, automated alarm and monitoring system and the fitting of EnergySail’s onto the ship.

Teramoto Iron Works, The Furukawa Battery Company, KEI System and Fuji Trading are participating in this study.

The LR2 Tanker is 240m-long and is the biggest ship of this type that the company has explored for the installation of the Aquarius MRE solution.

Aquarius MRE is a fuel-saving and emission reduction system that features various elements, including solar panels, energy storage modules and computer control systems.

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The solution allows the ships to use renewable energy from the wind and sun.

The rigid sails are based on EnergySail, an advanced rigid sail design, which can work even when the ship is in the harbour or anchored.

Every EnergySail can be configured with different sensors, photovoltaic panels or other power generating devices.

The feasibility study will also include the modelling of the fuel consumption and emission reductions that could be attained using the Aquarius MRE and Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling of airflow.

EMP will also explore which marine-grade solar panels are the most suitable and the feasibility of adding additional equipment such as low-power LED lighting.

In March, EMP announced that sail-assisted propulsion and solar power device for ships is ready for demonstrations and testing in Japan.