Sail Design for Commercial Ships Completed
Eco Marine Power completes EnergySail design.
Japan's Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. announce that it has completed the high level design for its innovative rigid sail known as the EnergySail, a revolutionary device that will allow ships to harness the power of the wind and sun in order to reduce fuel costs plus lower noxious gas and carbon emissions.
The EnergySail (patent pending) is unlike any other sail - it can be used even when a ship is at anchor or in port and has been designed to withstand high winds or even sudden micro-bursts. The EnergySail can also be fitted with a range of renewable energy technologies such as solar panels or wind power devices.
The EnergySail design project commenced in August 2011 and now one year later Eco Marine Power has developed its renewable energy platform for shipping that can be fitted to a wide variety of ships from large Capesize bulk ore carriers to naval and coastguard patrol ships.
A variation of the EnergySail that is suitable for Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV's) and smaller ships such as passenger ferries or fishing vessels is also being developed.
The EnergySail can be configured to suit the operational profile of a vessel. For example the number & type of solar panels can be easily changed or a variety of other devices can be fitted to the system.
The flexible nature of the EnergySail design will also allow for it to be upgraded during the life-cycle of the ship or vessel it is fitted to.
The EnergySail has primarily been designed for Eco Marine Power's Aquarius MRE System however other applications for its use are also being studied.