Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Singapore based shipping company, to supply its Aquarius Management and Automation (MAS) + Solar solution. The solution will also include hardware and software, that will allow ships to monitor fuel oil consumption in real time, automatically calculate NOx/SOx/CO2 emissions and interface with marine solar power systems.
Initially one ship in the fleet will be installed with the Aquarius MAS + Solar solution and its performance jointly evaluated, the company said.
The Aquarius Management and Automation System or Aquarius MAS is a cost effective fuel oil consumption monitoring, alarm handling and data logging platform, based upon the KEI 3240 Data Logger, which is already in use on hundreds of vessels including tug boats, training ships, tankers and bulk ore carriers.
According to EMP, its marine solar power solution is an integrated class-accepted system that may include a marine computer, battery chargers, batteries, marine-grade solar panels plus interfaces to other equipment and sensors. Each solution can be designed and scaled to suit a wide variety of ships including passenger ferries, cruise ships, tankers, bulk ore carriers, offshore support vessels and offshore platforms such as oil rigs and jack-up platforms.
For the first time marine grade solar panel mounting frames designed and manufactured by Teramoto Iron Works of Onomichi, Japan, will be used and supplied as a kit. Teramoto Iron Works will also manufacture and supply the mounting frame for the battery pack.
ClassNK approved UB-50-12 Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) batteries will be supplied by the Furukawa Battery Company of Yokohama, Japan – the first time ever that these batteries have been used for a marine solar power project. The Ultra Battery (UB) series are particularly suited to renewable energy applications on ships and their relatively small size allows them to be installed easily in existing equipment spaces.