Steps to Zero Emissions
As the Odessa newspaper “Sailor” reported, the Japanese Eco Marine Power intends to conduct demonstration tests of the prototype retractable sails – EnergySail. Sails are equipped with photocells that convert solar energy into electrical energy.
According to the company's press service, "this is an updated version of the prototype, which is part of the general renewable energy system for ships – Aquarius MRE, also developed by Eco Marine Power."
EnergySail can be solar powered, providing extra energy at zero emissions. Eco Marine Power is currently identifying the type of photocell to be used during marine testing.
The height of the retractable sails is 6 m. The design of the sails allows them to be modernized over the entire period of operation of the vessel, taking into account future technologies.
It is noted that the Aquarius MRE project includes the development of wind turbines and solar panels for cargo ships and cruise liners. Such a system has already been installed on several ships, and EnergySail testing will enable the integration of technological energy solutions. It is expected that the installation of retractable sails with photocells on the ship will begin this year.
“We have been working for several years not just to test the EnergySail prototype, but to put this system into commercial operation. We focused on making it a cost-effective installation and integrated with our other developments. This is another step towards zero emissions in shipping, ”the company said.
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