Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced on October 5, that it has been granted a patent in Japan related to its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System - an innovative wind & solar power solution for ships.
The Aquarius MRE System or Aquarius MRE is an advanced integrated system of rigid sails, solar panels, energy storage modules and marine computer platforms that will enable ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun.
The rigid sails that will be used by the Aquarius MRE System are based on EMP's EnergySail® technology (Patent Pending).
EMP's EnergySail technology has already passed feasibility & function testing at the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan, and earlier this year it was announced that Teramoto Iron Works in Onomichi, Japan, would be the production center for the EnergySail.
In addition the marine solar power component of the Aquarius MRE System was successfully evaluated this year on-board the high speed car and passenger ferry Blue Star Delos.
Commenting on the approval of the patent, Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer of Eco Marine Power said:
"The granting of this patent, which covers much of the core technology behind the Aquarius MRE System, is another major milestone for Eco Marine Power. It will help clear the path towards full commercialization of the system and allow us present to shipping companies and shipyards a viable renewable energy system for ships."
Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is an internationally focused technology company that develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail® (Patent Pending), Aquarius MAS™ and the Aquarius MRE System™ (Patent Approved).
EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.