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Marine computer to monitor wind and solar power

Japanese companies Eco Marine Power (EMP) and KEI System (KEI) have announced that they will release later this year the Aquarius Monitoring and Automation System (MAS), a marine computer system capable of monitoring and/or controlling equipment on ships including wind and solar power devices, as well as monitoring fuel consumption.

The Aquarius MAS is based upon the KEI 3240 Data Logger platform, which can monitor the performance of on-board equipment and record data for later analysis. Already in use on vessels such as tug boats, training ships and bulk ore carriers, the KEI 3240 can also be configured to control equipment and automate processes to turn on/off equipment.

The Aquarius MAS will build upon this and incorporate new features. It will for instance be able to monitor the amount of energy provided by marine solar and/or wind power systems and compare it to fuel consumption in order to verify savings. It will also be able to record this information for later analysis.

Based in Fukuoka, Eco Marine Power designs solar, wind, electric and hybrid marine power and propulsion solutions, while KEI, headquartered in Osaka, develops computer systems for the shipping industry.

They plan on installing the first Aquarius MAS in co-operation with AIMS Global Engineering of Malaysia, before marketing the system globally.

EMP says that the Aquarius MAS will also be incorporated in the designs of the Tonbo Hybrid Ferry and Medaka Eco Commuter Ferry.

Greg Atkinson, director at Eco Marine Power, said: “After years of development work with KEI System we are now bringing solutions to the market that will help make sustainable shipping a reality.”

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