Greek ferry Blue Star Delos, owned by Blue Star Ferries (BSF), will be upgraded with renewable energy technology through a joint project with a Japanese marine technology firm.
The Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project between Eco Marine Power (EMP) and BSF will see the Aquarius Management and Automation System (MAS) and an integrated marine solar power system being jointly tested on the vessel.
According to EMP, the Blue Star Delos incorporates sustainable vessel technology as well.
It is the first vessel in the Mediterranean region that use the hybrid shaft generator system (HSG) that improves the vessel's power factor and while decreasing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
The ferry also has a frequency converted load dependent management system for its heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and engine room ventilation that lowers fuel consumption.
"This project with Blue Star Ferries is very exciting for Eco Marine Power and for our strategic partners as it will be the first deployment on a ship of some of the technologies and solutions we have been developing over the last few years including our integrated renewable energy systems," says Greg Atkinson, director and chief technology officer at EMP.