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JAPANESE COMPANIES JOIN TO DEVELOP SHIP PV SYSTEMS

JAPANESE COMPANIES JOIN TO DEVELOP SHIP PV SYSTEMS

Monday, May 17, 2021 

As part of its rollout of zero emission power and propulsion solutions for shipping, Eco Marine Power Co (EMP) has begun a cooperation with F-Wave Company to jointly develop innovative Ship Integrated Photovoltaic (SIPV) solutions.

These solar power solutions will utilise F-Wave’s shatter-proof flexible PV technology combined with EMP’s experience in developing ship-based solar power systems.

F-Wave’s flexible solar cells use a SCAF (Series-Connection through Apertures formed on Film) structure allowing a wireless connection with the electrodes. This tandem construction allows the flexible solar cells to absorb a wide solar spectrum. Additionally, the cells demonstrate high performance in hot weather due in part to the annealing effect and their efficiency increases compared to the decrease that typically occurs with crystalline cells.

EMP’s Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution is well suited to incorporate F-Wave’s flexible PV panel technology and a customised version will be fitted to EMP’s patented EnergySail for evaluation at the Onomichi Marine Technology Test Centre in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

Greg Atkinson, EMP CTO said: “We look forward to incorporating the patented F-Wave solar cell technology into the solutions we have developed for shipping and maritime applications and also exploring new ways of integrating photovoltaics into the design and structure of ships.”

In addition to developing integrated solar solutions for shipping and maritime applications EMP will promote F-Wave’s products globally so that they can be incorporated into new shipbuilding projects.

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