Japanese marine renewable energy technology firm Eco Marine Power (EMP) has partnered with marine equipment maker Teramoto Iron Works in the Hiroshima Prefecture to launch its renewable energy marine propulsion system to market.

With this partnership, EMP will now have access to a production facility and testing centre in Onomichi City and will benefit from Teramoto Iron Works’ expertise in the ship-building sector.

Initially, the parties will produce a pre-commercial version of EnergySail device, which will then be evaluated along with the EnergySail automated control system (ACS) during sea trials.

The device is said to allow ships to use wind and solar energy to help lower fuel costs and noxious gas and carbon emissions.

The companies will also manufacture the Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) system; an advanced integrated system of rigid sails, solar panels and energy storage modules.

Teramoto Iron Works president Yoshitaka Teramoto said: "We look forward to working together with EMP in bringing the EnergySail and Aquarius MRE system to the shipping market."

"Both these technologies will also give Teramoto Iron Works the opportunity to demonstrate once again our skills and ability to deliver high quality products."

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Teramoto Iron Works and EMP will also work together on various research and development projects as well as develop further versions of the EnergySail.

Image: Teramoto Iron Works president Yoshitaka Teramoto. Photo: courtesy of Eco Marine Power.