Journal indépendant d'économie et de politique des transports
CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero MARZO 2020
ECO MARINE POWER READIES DEMONSTRATION OF WIND AND SOLAR
Fukuoka-based EMP said the EnergySail demonstration and test
unit has been unveiled at the Onomichi Marine Tech Test Centre
(MTTC) in Japan. This full-scale version of an EnergySail is an
upgrade of the pre-production unit and represents one of the smaller
types of EnergySail that will be put into commercial service.
Greg Atkinson, chief technology officer at EMP, said: "We
have spent some years now working towards the commercial deployment
of our EnergySail rather than simply installing a prototype onto a
ship. This is because we have been focused on getting a
class-approved and cost-effective sail-assisted propulsion system
ready that can also be integrated with other systems via our
Aquarius MRE solution."
The EnergySail is a core subsystem of EMP's Aquarius MRE (marine
renewable energy) solution, which combines wind, solar, energy
storage and marine computer technologies into a scalable clean
energy system for a wide range of ships.
The solar power subsystem of Aquarius MRE has already been
installed on ships and the next step will be to combine this with
the EnergySail technology. A project to plan and install a complete
Aquarius MRE solution is underway and it is anticipated that the
installation of equipment will commence this year.
The patented EnergySail can be fitted with marine-grade solar
panels and therefore it is capable of providing ships with a zero
emissions source of supplementary propulsive power and electrical
Currently EMP is evaluating a number of photovoltaic (PV) panel
types at the Onomichi MTTC and the type of PV panel to be used for
sea trials will be determined by the middle of this year.
"Installing an integrated class-approved renewable energy
system with the EnergySail's as a source of zero emissions power
will be a major step forward in terms of reducing greenhouse gas
emissions from shipping," Atkinson said.
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