Blue Star Delos will try out the renewable energy systems
Greece's Blue Star Ferries, a subsidiary of Attica Group, and Eco Marine Power (EMP) of Japan will deploy and evaluate renewable energy technology on board the passenger and car ferry Blue Star Delos, EMP says.
The project is intended to pave the way for more use of EMP's systems in the shipping sector.
The project will include installation of a marine solar power system, to be integrated into the Aquarius Management and Automation System (Aquarius MAS).
The management system will keep track of the solar array's performance, as well as the vessel's bunker consumption, while calculating emissions data.
Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer, EMP
This project with Blue Star Ferries is very exciting for Eco Marine Power
The Aquarius MAS system, developed by EMP and KEI System Ltd. of Japan, is specifically intended to help integrate renewable energy systems into a platform that also monitors main engines, generators and pumps.
"This project with Blue Star Ferries is very exciting for Eco Marine Power and for our strategic partners as it will be the first deployment on a ship of some of the technologies and solutions we have been developing over the last few years including our integrated renewable energy systems," said Greg Atkinson, director and chief technology officer at EMP.
EMP announced in May that it had formed a strategic alliance with marine equipment manufacturer Teramoto Iron Works Co. Ltd. (Teramoto Iron Works), giving it access to a production base and testing centre.