Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia’s AIMS Global Engineering (AIMS) to market and develop renewable energy solutions for shipping.
Under the agreement, both companies will initially focus on completing a detailed design of the Medaka eco-commuter ferry, which is expected to be marketed across the Asia-Pacific region later in 2013.
The solar-electric urban passenger vessel will be equipped with hybrid marine propulsion, a data management system, lithium-ion storage modules and flexible incorporated solar panels.
AIMS Global Engineering CEO Mohd Tarmizi said the MoU will support Eco Marine Power’s intention to use marine renewable energy.
"The knowledge that we will amass and the skills to be acquired will provide us a unique insight as to what is feasible and achievable," Tarmizi said. "It will add value to our understanding and enhance our capacity for harnessing and promoting renewable energy in the offshore marine industry."
Eco Marine Power director Greg Atkinson said the MoU will help the company bring its solutions to the Asian market.
"We look forward to working with AIMS as a strategic partner in developing our existing solutions plus coming up with new renewable energy and low emission solutions for shipping in the years ahead," Atkinson said.
Under the deal, the two companies intend to develop a project to combine a renewable energy system with a current offshore support vessel.
The companies also want to explore the possibility of working together during sea trials of EMP’s Aquarius MRE System and EnergySail technologies.
Image: Eco Marine Power unveiled in January 2012 its Aquarius Eco Ship concept, which features fuel saving and emission reduction technology. Photo: Eco Marine Power.