By Greg Atkinson, Eco Marine Power.
A Combined Wind & Solar Power Solution for Ships
From small powered pleasure craft and ferries to large super-tankers, the limitless energy of the wind and sun can be used in order to help power ships thereby reducing fuel consumption, the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and noxious exhaust emissions.
Unlike land based renewable energy solutions such as solar or wind farms, the area or space available on ships for installing wind & solar power systems is quite limited. Taking this into account it would appear advantageous to develop a system that can use both wind and solar power as energy sources plus harness this energy via the same system.
The Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System being developed by Eco Marine Power will achieve this by using rigid sails and an array of solar panels.
The Aquarius MRE System (Patent Pending) will use this array of rigid sails and solar panels to form a ship based renewable energy system. On large ships up to twenty rigid sails could be installed whereas on smaller vessels just one or two sails would be needed.
The Aquarius MRE System is not intended to be a ship’s primary source of propulsion. Instead the system is being designed to work alongside other technologies in order to reduce fuel consumption and harmful gas emissions for a variety of ships such as bulk carriers, oil tankers and cargo ships.
Depending on the number, size, shape and configuration of the rigid sails it is estimated that the system will reduce a vessels annual fuel consumption by up to 20%.
The Aquarius Eco Ship is a sustainable shipping design concept by Eco Marine Power (EMP) that features EMP’s EnergySail and Aquarius MRE System renewable energy technologies.
Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd (www.ecomarinepower.com)