Global dry bulk transportation firm Star Bulk has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Japanese technology firm Eco Marine Power (EMP) for a joint study to explore the feasibility of using EMP's technologies on its fleet.
The joint study will cover engineering issues related to how various equipment including solar panels, batteries and other devices can be installed on Star Bulk’s existing and new ships.
It will also estimate the amount of power that can be provided via renewable energy along selected routes and for specific ship types.
Fuel Oil Consumption (FOC) and emissions savings will also be calculated and issues related to safety and ship operations such as cargo handling will be considered.
Teramoto Iron Works Ltd., and The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd., will also be involved during certain stages of the study to assist with resolving issues such as best options for installing batteries on ships utilizing both customised battery frame kits and also self-contained marine battery housing modules.
The joint study project between Star Bulk and EMP is scheduled to be conducted over a period of two years.
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Photo credit: Eco Marine Power
Published: 22 March, 2018
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