EMP and Star Bulk to study feasibility of renewable energy in shipping

22 March 2018 (Last Updated March 22nd, 2018 10:59)

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Star Bulk to conduct a joint project that will study the feasibility of using EMP’s renewable energy solutions, including Aquarius MRE on existing and new bulk carriers.

EMP and Star Bulk to study feasibility of renewable energy in shipping
Representatives from Star Bulk and Eco Marine Power signing MoU. Credit: Eco Marine Power.

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Star Bulk to conduct a joint project that will study the feasibility of using EMP’s renewable energy solutions, including Aquarius MRE on existing and new bulk carriers.

The proposed study will try to understand the engineering issues associated with the methods of installing various equipment such as solar panels, batteries and other devices on existing and new vessels.

It also aims to estimate the amount of renewable power required by specific ship types on selected routes.

Set to be carried out over a period of two years, the study will measure fuel oil consumption (FOC) and emissions savings, as well as cover issues related to safety and ship operations such as cargo handling.

Teramoto Iron Works and The Furukawa Battery will also participate in some stages of the study to provide solutions to various issues, including best options for installing batteries on ships using both customised battery frame kits and self-contained marine battery housing modules.

“It aims to estimate the amount of renewable power required by specific ship types on selected routes.”

The self-contained marine battery housing modules are suitable for various battery technologies, including Furukawa Battery’s UltraBattery.

This hybrid battery technology has already been approved for use on ships by classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai. It can be used in both land and marine renewable energy applications.

EMP is primarily involved in the development of various renewable energy-based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for a range of ships such as passenger ferries, survey ships, oil tankers, and cargo vessels.

Star Bulk is a global shipping company that offers seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector.