Photo: Eco Marine Power
The Greek shipowner Star Bulk and the Japanese tech company Eco Marine Power (EMP) have signed a memorandum of understanding.
The MoU covers a two-year long study project focused on assessing the feasibility of using EMP's technologies, including solar panels and batteries, on Star Bulk's existing and new ships.
The project will estimate the amount of power that can be provided via renewable energy along selected routes and for specific ships. The study will also calculate the emissions savings due to lowering the ships' fuel consumption, as well as look into issues related to safety of ship operations.
In addition, two other Japanese firms, Teramoto Iron Works and Furukawa Battery, will be involved in the project to assist with resolving questions regarding the best options for installing batteries on the ships utilising both customised battery frame kits and self-contained marine battery housing modules.