Eco Marine Power (EMP) has taken a step towards bringing its EnergySail and Aquarius MRE System technologies to the market by forming a strategic alliance with Teramoto Iron Works Co Ltd, a manufacturer of marine equipment located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
The alliance with Teramoto Iron Works will provide EMP access to a production base and testing centre in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, one of Japan’s most important shipbuilding areas. EMP will also be able to tap into the skills and experience of Teramoto Iron Works, a company that has been associated with the shipbuilding sector since 1934 and was involved in the production of innovative rigid sails in the mid-1980s.
This agreement will initially lead to the production of the first pre-commercial EnergySail this year. After production, this device will be installed on a ship along with the EnergySail Automated Control System (ACS) and evaluated during sea trials. The EnergySail ACS was recently displayed in Tokyo at Sea Japan 2014 and is being developed in co-operation with KEI System Ltd.
Yoshitaka Teramoto, president, Teramoto Iron Works, said: “We look forward to working together with EMP in bringing the EnergySail and Aquarius MRE System to the shipping market. Both these technologies will also give Teramoto Iron Works the opportunity to demonstrate once again our skills and ability to deliver high quality products.”
Greg Atkinson, director and CTO, EMP, said: “This is a major step forward for EMP as our alliance with Teramoto Iron Works moves us from testing in the lab to a position where we can deliver, along with our strategic partners, our EnergySail technology. We are also extremely pleased to be working with a pioneering company that was involved in the early days of rigid sail production and that has a well established reputation for delivering high quality products.”
Teramoto Iron Works and EMP will also co-operate on various R&D projects and work together to develop further variations of the EnergySail.