Agreement paves way for rigid sail commerciality
A new patent license agreement is helping to pave the way forward towards bringing rigid sail production one step closer to commerciality.
The agreement between Eco Marine Power (EMP) and Teramoto Iron Works Ltd concerns patents related to EMP’s EnergySail and Aquarius MRE technologies.
“There are very few companies in the world that have an established track record in manufacturing large sails for powered ships, so I’m extremely pleased that EMP has been able to expand our relationship with Teramoto Iron Works,” said Greg Atkinson, chief technology officer at Eco Marine Power.
Teramoto Iron Works is one of the few companies in the world that has experience in the production of rigid sails and was involved in the manufacture of JAMDA sails in Japan in the 1980’s.
The company was selected to manufacture the first production version of EMP’s EnergySail in 2016 and this latest agreement with EMP paves the way to full commercial production once sea trials have been completed.
The patented EnergySail is an automated rigid sail device that enables ships to utilise the power of the wind to reduce fuel consumption and lower vessel emissions.
It can also be fitted with flexible marine-grade solar panels or other devices and used to charge batteries or the electrical power fed into a ships power system. Alternatively, an EnergySail array can be incorporated into EMP’s Aquarius MRE (Marine Renewable Energy) solution.
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