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Eco Marine Power to Trial Aquarius MRE on Ship  - 16th August 2017

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has announced that it has begun preparing for sea trials of its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) solution in co-operation with strategic partners and ship owner Hisafuku Kisen K.K. of Onomichi, Japan. This preparatory work will lead to the world’s first installation of an integrated rigid sail and solar power system for ships using EMP’s patented technologies including the EnergySail. This is a major step forward towards a more sustainable future for shipping and is expected to result in the wider deployment of EMP’s solutions on ships ranging from coastal cargo vessels to bulk ore carriers and cruise ships.

Currently underway is a feasibility study involving several large bulk carriers including the Belgrano, Nord Gemini and Bulk Chile. For each ship an estimate of the propulsive power that could be provided by an EnergySail array will be prepared according to the routes they operate on. In addition the total amount of solar power that could be installed on each vessel will be determined. On-board testing & data collection will be undertaken as required.

Aquarius MRE is an advanced integrated system of rigid sails, marine-grade solar panels, energy storage modules and marine computers that will enable ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun. The use of these alternative sources of power and propulsion will reduce fuel consumption, lower air pollution and cut CO2 emissions. The rigid sails used by Aquarius MRE are based on EMP's EnergySail technology. These renewable energy devices can even be used when a ship is at anchor or in harbour. Each EnergySail can be configured with a mix of sensors, photovoltaic panels or other power generation devices.

Further information regarding the Aquarius MRE System please see www.ecomarinepower.com/technologies

About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) is an internationally focused technology company that develops renewable energy based fuel saving and emission reduction solutions for ships including passenger ferries, survey ships, oil tankers and cargo vessels. These technologies include the EnergySail®, Aquarius MASTM and Aquarius MRE®.

EMP also develops sustainable ship concepts that incorporate the latest renewable energy technologies and is currently working on a number of design projects including Aquarius Eco Ship and Aquarius Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). The company is based in Fukuoka, Japan.

Eco Marine Power Granted Patent for Aquarius MRE System  - 1st January 2016

Eco Marine Power (EMP) is pleased to announce that it has been granted a patent in Japan related to its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System - an innovative wind & solar power solution for ships. The Aquarius MRE System or Aquarius MRE is an advanced integrated system of rigid sails, solar panels, energy storage modules and marine computer platforms that will enable ships to tap into renewable energy by harnessing the power provided by the wind and sun.

The rigid sails that will be used by the Aquarius MRE System are based on EMP's EnergySail technology (Patent Pending).

EMP's EnergySail technology has already passed feasibility & function testing at the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan, and earlier this year it was announced that Teramoto Iron Works in Onomichi, Japan, would be the production center for the EnergySail.

In addition the marine solar power component of the Aquarius MRE System was successfully evaluated this year on-board the high speed car and passenger ferry Blue Star Delos.

Commenting on the approval of the patent, Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer of Eco Marine Power said;

"The granting of this patent, which covers much of the core technology behind the Aquarius MRE System, is another major milestone for Eco Marine Power. It will help clear the path towards full commercialization of the system and allow us present to shipping companies and shipyards a viable renewable energy system for ships."

Further information regarding the Aquarius MRE System please see www.ecomarinepower.com/technologies

* Please note Aquarius MRE and EnergySail are trademarks of Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd.

Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Installed on Blue Star Delos  - 31st October 2014

Eco Marine Power (Fukuoka, Japan) is pleased to announce that together with strategic partners it has installed an Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) integrated with a marine solar panel array on-board the Blue Star 'Delos'.

The Aquarius MAS has been installed as part of a joint renewable energy project with Blue Star Ferries and the approximately 2kW trial solar array on-board the vessel is now in operation and providing a source of renewable energy for the ship.

This important milestone for EMP means that the company has taken the Aquarius MAS from development to commercial use in just a few years and is also a critical step towards the commercial release of the combined wind & solar power system for shipping - the Aquarius MRE (Marine Renewable Energy) System.

The Aquarius MAS installed on Delos includes a KEI 3240 CPU/AGU, LCD touch-screen monitor, input/output link system (ILS), associated hubs, power supplies & charge controllers plus an FC-38 battery pack from Furukawa Battery Co. Ltd., and flexible marine-grade solar panels from Solbian Energie Alernative Srl.

In additional to monitoring the performance of the solar panel array, the Aquarius MAS will also report on the status of the battery pack plus when the ship is at sea, display in real-time the fuel consumption of the main engines and calculate emissions. (CO2, Nox & Sox)

The installation of equipment on the ship was carried out by Blue Star Ferries own technical team and EMP's technical partner in Greece, Triad Ltd.

The Aquarius Management and Automation System or Aquarius MAS is a cost effective alarm handling, performance monitoring and data logging platform suitable for a wide range of ships. The system is based upon the reliable and robust KEI 3240 Data Logger which is already in use on hundreds of vessels including tug boats, training ships, tankers and bulk ore carriers.

When combined with a marine solar power system the Aquarius MAS becomes a powerful cost reduction tool which will allow ship owners not only to reduce fuel consumption via performance management, but also via the use of renewable energy.

The Aquarius MAS, battery pack and solar panel array were installed as part of the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project. This project is evaluating in stages, a number of innovative solutions developed by Eco Marine Power (EMP) and its strategic partners on-board the ?Blue Star Delos? ? a modern high speed passenger and car ferry owned and operated by the multi-award winning Greek shipping company - Blue Star Ferries of Athens, Greece - a member of Attica Group.

On the completion of the installation Mr. Myron Vergis, Manager of the Electrical and Electronic Department for Attica Group said "Blue Star Ferries and the Attica Group are committed to implementing solutions that reduce vessel emissions, improve fuel efficiency and continue our tradition of embracing innovative technologies. I look forward to working further with Eco Marine Power on the Blue Start Renewable Energy Innovation Project and introducing more renewable energy solutions to the shipping market."

Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power said "The Aquarius MAS and solar power installation on Delos demonstrates that solar power on ships combined with a flexible data logging and alarm handling platform makes sense. Not only will the system allow Blue Star Ferries monitor their fuel use and emissions but it will also help the company reduce fuel consumption by tapping into the limitless and clean power provided by the sun."

He added "Blue Star Ferries is also showing once again their commitment to innovation and to protecting the marine environment and we are honoured to be working with such a progressive shipping company."

Source: Eco Marine Power

Ohori Capital to Support Aquarius Innovation Lab  - 10th February 2014

Ohori Capital is pleased to announce that it will support ongoing activities at the Aquarius Innovation Lab in Osaka, Japan. This support will include project management & marketing services plus assistance via the Aquarius Innovation Forum.

The Aquarius Innovation Lab conducts research & design plus product development activities related to marine renewable energy systems and fuel saving technologies. Ongoing projects include the development of the Aquarius MRE System and EnergySail, both of which are being tested and evaluated at the lab.

The Aquarius Innovation Lab was established by KEI System Ltd and Eco Marine Power Ltd as part of their ongoing co-operation to develop fuel saving and emission reduction solutions. These solutions incorporate renewable energy, energy storage and computer system technologies.

The facility is located in Osaka, Japan, and includes an indoor test centre plus an outdoor area for evaluating the performance of hardware such as solar panels, rigid sails & wind power devices.

For more information of the lab please see: Aquarius Innovation Lab

Please note: Aquarius MRE System and EnergySail are trademarks of Eco Marine Power.

Aquarius Technology and Innovation Forum Established  - 23rd June 2013

Ohori Capital is pleased to announce that it has established the Aquarius Technology and Innovation Forum which will be administered and supported by its branch office in Fukuoka, Japan.

The aims of the Aquarius Technology & Innovation Forum or Aquarius TIF are:

- To encourage small and medium sized overseas based companies and ventures to co-operate in developing and promoting sustainable shipping, clean technology and ocean related technologies. Examples of these technologies include: renewable energy systems for shipping, tidal power solutions and vessel emission reduction technologies.

- To create partnerships globally in order to develop or refine innovative solutions to help protect and improve the ocean environment.

- To provide an active forum that encourages "original" or "visionary" thinking.

The Forum is based in Fukuoka, Japan, however seminars and meetings will also be arranged in other locations.

Ohori Capital will work to promote and support companies within the Aquarius TIF including raising their profiles towards potential investors.

Companies currently in the forum include Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd (Japan), Optistring Technologies AB (Sweden) and Corvus Energy Ltd (Canada).

For further information please visit the Aquarius Technology & Innovation Forum

Asia Pacific Technology Forum Expanded  - 6th December 2012

Ohori Company announced today that it is expanding its Asia Pacific Technology Forum to include companies from outside the APAC Region that are focused on developing sustainable technologies in such areas as renewable energy, recycling and environmental protection.

The forum currently includes Eco Marine Power (Japan), Corvus Energy (Canada) and Optistring Technologies (Sweden). All these companies have developed or are developing technologies which are focused on renewable energy.

Eco Marine Power Japan based technology company focused on the development of innovative eco-friendly marine renewable energy solutions including hybrid marine propulsion & power solutions. Current development projects include the Aquarius MRE System, EnergySail and Medaka Eco Commuter Ferry.

Corvus Energy Ltd. a manufacturer and integrator of energy solutions based on Lithium technology for commercial and high power applications. Corvus Energy incorporate their unique technology with the highest quality components and engineering partners in the world to be able to offer 100% reliable long term solutions for applications working in the harshest environments in the world today.

Optistring Technologies AB is in the process of developing a unique power inverter system for grid connected solar power installations. Our proprietary technology substantially improves energy harvest and system profitability for solar PV power systems.

For further information please visit the APAC Technology & Innovation Forum

Eco Marine Power Unveils Aquarius Eco Ship Concept  - 30th January 2012

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) today unveiled a concept ship design incorporating its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System. This concept design is called the Aquarius Eco Ship and is part of Eco Marine Power's ongoing development efforts aimed at moving shipping towards a more sustainable future.

The Aquarius Eco Ship is the result of a comprehensive study project which focused on optimising the design of a large ocean going ship such as a bulk carrier or oil tanker to harness the power of the wind & sun by using the Aquarius MRE System.

The Aquarius MRE System is an innovative fuel saving and emission reduction technology that incorporates a variety of elements including solar panels, energy storage modules, a computer control system and an advanced rigid sail design.

This green shipping focused solution has been designed to be highly flexible and configurable so that it can installed on variety of ship sizes and types. Applications for the system include bulk carriers, oil tankers, survey ships, passenger ferries & even unmanned surface vessels.

In addition to the Aquarius MRE System, a future Aquarius Eco Ship would also be fitted with other fuel saving measures such as an advanced electrical propulsion system, an optimised hull design and waste heat recovery technologies.

This combination of technologies could lead to fuel savings of 40% or more and also dramatically reduce the emission of noxious gases such as Sulphur Oxides (SOx) & Nitrogen Oxides (NOx). In addition the use of renewable energy would reduce the vessels carbon footprint.

Ohori Capital will assist in the further development of this innovative design and will work with Eco Marine Power to find additional strategic partners and investors for this exciting project.

For more information please see: Aquarius Eco Ship

Ohori Capital to assist Eco Marine Power find strategic investors  - 30th August 2011

Ohori Capital will begin to assist Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) based in Fukuoka, Japan, to find strategic investors to help drive its development of cutting-edge green technology solutions for world shipping.

Eco Marine Power is at the forefront of developing new design concepts that will help drive shipping towards a more sustainable and greener future.

The company has recently received recognition for its cutting edge design concepts and was nominated for two awards at this year's Sustainable Shipping Awards in London.

EMP is currently working on three major development projects including the Aquarius wind and solar power system for ships which has the potential to lower harmful emissions and the consumption of fossil fuels across the globe.

For more information about investing in EMP please visit the APAC Technology and Innovation Forum or see the Investor Information page on the Eco Marine Power website.

About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. is an internationally focused technology company based in Fukuoka, Japan, that develops innovative eco-friendly solar, wind, electric and hybrid marine power and propulsion solutions.

The company also designs eco-friendly ship concepts that incorporate the latest green energy technology and is currently working on a number of design projects including the solar-electric hybrid marine power (HMP) vessel Tonbo and eco-solar ferry Medaka.

For more information please visit: http://www.ecomarinepower.com

Eco Marine Power short-listed for Sustainable Shipping Awards  - 1st June 2011

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has announced that it has been short-listed for two prestigious Sustainable Shipping Awards for 2011. These awards recognise companies and individuals making great strides to shape and improve the environmental legacy of shipping. To be short-listed for two awards is a great achievement for EMP and this will allow the company to showcase its technology to a global audience of shipping industry professionals.

Eco Marine Power is short-listed in the Green Shipping Initiative of the Year Award category for its Aquarius System and also for the Environmental Innovation of the Year Award for its Tonbo solar-electric ferry.

Winners will be announced at a Sustainable Shipping event in London on the 7th July at which around 150 maritime experts and executives will gather for the award ceremony.

About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. is an internationally focused technology company based in Fukuoka, Japan, that develops innovative eco-friendly solar, wind, electric and hybrid marine power and propulsion solutions.

The company also designs eco-friendly ship concepts that incorporate the latest green energy technology and is currently working on a number of design projects including the solar-electric hybrid marine power (HMP) vessel Tonbo and eco-solar ferry Medaka.

For more information please visit: http://www.ecomarinepower.com

Eco Marine Power - Aquarius system development continues  - 23rd February 2011

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP)(www.ecomarinepower.com) has announced that it is continuing the development of the Aquarius Solar and Wind Marine Power System (Patent Pending) for ships and ocean going vessels. This innovative eco-friendly marine power solution will use specially designed rigid sail panels fitted with solar modules to collect wind and solar energy onboard ships as a means to lower their fuel consumption, lessen the vessels noxious gas emissions and reduce their carbon footprint.

The decision to proceed with the development of the Aquarius System was made after an extensive feasibility study was conducted in 2010. This study found that wind and solar power could be harnessed by ships in a cost effective manner by utilising the latest solar module technology, a modern onboard control & navigation system and an advanced rigid sail concept.

Eco Marine Power is currently working together with a number of development partners in several countries to complete the detailed design and a prototype of the system is scheduled to be ready for preliminary testing in early 2012.

Ohori Capital is assisting with the development of the system and is also a major shareholder in Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd.

About Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. is an internationally focused technology company based in Fukuoka, Japan, that develops innovative eco-friendly solar, wind, electric and hybrid marine power and propulsion solutions. The company also designs cutting edge eco-friendly vessel concepts that incorporate the latest green energy technology and is currently working on a number of design projects including the solar-electric Hybrid Marine Power (HMP) vessel - Tonbo.

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