Onboard renewable power study
Aquarius MRE enables ships to tap into renewable energy
Renewable power technology expert Eco Marine Power (EMP) has begun a detailed study on the practical applications of its EnergySail and Aquarius MRE technologies onboard ships, in conjunction with several industry partners.
The study will cover the engineering aspects of installing the technologies onboard a variety of ships and the expected Fuel Oil Consumption (FOC) and CO2 savings achievable during operations.
Energy storage options will also be studied, including the possible use of fuel cells.
Greg Atkinson, chief technology officer at Eco Marine Power, said: "It's very encouraging that we now have a number of ship owners actively looking at how our technologies can be fitted either to ships in their existing fleet or incorporated into new ship building projects.”
Technology partners currently involved in the study with EMP include Teramoto Iron Works Co Ltd (Onomichi, Japan) and KEI System Co Ltd.
For confidentiality reasons the shipping companies involved in the study cannot be named at this stage, but their operating routes extend to/from Asia, Europe, Australia, North America, South America and Africa.
More than a dozen ships will be included in the study ranging in size from coastal chemical tankers to large RoRo ships, bulk cargo carriers and LNG tankers.
For each ship involved in the study a preliminary engineering design will be prepared along with an analysis of the ships operational profile. The engineering phase will include ship surveys, on-board data collection, analysis using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software and virtual wind tunnel simulations.
EMP and its strategic partners are also working on a project to produce class-approved EnergySail units for possible inclusion into a new ship building project in 2017.