Greek dry bulk giant Star Bulk has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Eco Marine Power (EMP) to jointly study the feasibility of bringing renewable energy solutions to shipping.
The study project covers the engineering issues related to the installation of EMP’s technologies on existing and new bulk carriers. It will also estimate the amount of power that can be provided via renewable energy along selected routes and for specific ship types.
Two Japanese companies, Teramoto Iron Works and The Furukawa Battery, will also be involved during certain stages of the study to assist with resolving issues such as best options for installing batteries on ships utilising both customized battery frame kits and self-contained marine battery housing modules.
The joint study project is scheduled to be conducted over a period of two years.