US Patent for Marine Wind & Solar Power System

Monday July 4, 2016

Eco Marine Power (EMP) today announced it has received a United States Patent for its Aquarius MRE system, a key component of its emerging wind and solar power system for ships.

The Japan-based company called it "another major step towards bringing renewable energy to shipping."

As a result, EMP says it now intends to explore joint development project opportunities in the United States, and is currently considering a number of options.

"Technologies related to EMP's Aquarius MRE can be incorporated into existing ship designs such as cruise ships, Roll-on/roll-off vessels, large ferries, car carriers or into future design concepts such as the Aquarius Eco Ship," said EMP.

"Aquarius MRE technologies are also suitable for applications such as unmanned surface vessels (USV's), naval ships, coastguard vessels and offshore renewable energy projects."

As Ship & Bunker has previously discussed, Aquarius MRE is an integrated system of rigid sails, marine-grade solar panels, energy storage modules, and marine computers currently under development that ultimately aims to being wind and solar power energy to ships.

Earlier this year EMP announced the production of its "EnergySail" rigid sail technology has begun in Onomichi, Japan.