Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) has started work on a project to implement and assess a range of renewable energy technologies, along with Blue Star Ferries of Greece.
The aim of the project is to make shipping more sustainable through the use of renewable energy, which would help in the reduction of fuel use on ships.
Under the partnership, the companies will jointly work on several technologies, including the Aquarius management and automation system (MAS) with an integrated marine solar power system.
The Blue Star Delos, a high-speed passenger and car ferry, will be used to evaluate the solutions developed by EMP and its strategic partners in stages.
The initial stages of the project will see the integration of a marine solar power system using flexible, lightweight marine grade panels from Solbian Energie Alternative with the Aquarius MAS.
Further, the project will evaluate the performance in real-time and monitor the fuel consumption, EMP said.
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Aquarius MAS is an alarm-handling, performance-monitoring and data-logging platform, and will be used to calculate the emissions data.
Japan-based KEI System has developed this system in collaboration with EMP to allow the integration of renewable energy systems into a common platform. It can also be used to monitor other systems on ships, such as main engines, generators and pumps.
The project will be supervised by the technical team of Blue Star Ferries, while the project management and technical consulting will be provided by EMP, in addition to equipment.
EMP director and CTO Greg Atkinson said: “This project with Blue Star Ferries is very exciting for Eco Marine Power and for our strategic partners, as it will be the first deployment on a ship of some of the technologies and solutions we have been developing over the last few years, including our integrated renewable energy systems.”
Image: Blue Star Delos is owned and operated by Blue Star Ferries of Athens, Greece, a member of Attica Group. Photo: courtesy of Eco Marine Power.