As reported by the Odessa newspaper “Sailor” Japanese Eco Marine Power plans to hold a demonstration test of a prototype retractable sails EnergySail. The sails are equipped with solar cells that convert solar energy into electrical energy.
As the press service of the company, “this is an updated version of the prototype, which is part of the General system of use of renewable sources of energy for ships, the Aquarius MRE, also developed by Eco Marine Power”.
EnergySail can run on a solar battery that provides additional energy with zero emissions. Currently, Eco Marine Power is determined by type of solar cells that will be used during the sea trial.
Height retractable sails is 6 m. the design of the sail allows you to upgrade them throughout the 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 is already installed on several vessels, and testing EnergySail will allow you to combine technological energy solutions. It is expected that the installation of retractable sails with solar cells on the ship will begin later this year.
“Several years have worked hard not just to test a prototype of the EnergySail, and to introduce this system into commercial operation. We focused on the fact that it was cost effective to install and integrated with our other developments. This is another step towards zero emissions in the shipping industry”, – noted in the company.emissionssteps