Ecospray to bring smart AI-driven Scrubbers onboard

In a new partnership last month, Ecospray, an Italian company specializing in the research and development of cutting-edge systems for controlling air and gas emissions in industrial applications for the Maritime industry, and relayr, a leading industrial IoT company based in Berlin, are looking to create new IoT-based desulphurization solutions.

The partnership between the two companies will allow the creation of a new generation of emission control equipment: smart scrubbers managed using artificial intelligence (AI) – a completely new solution for the market.

Founded in 2005 and part of Carnival Group since 2013, Ecospray has continued to grow in recent years by increasingly specializing in offerings for the marine segment.

“Being part of Carnival Corporation has given us the opportunity to implement high-performance and reliable technological solutions in record time. We were enabled to gain experience across the entire fleet and unparalleled sailing experience, which has allowed us to build robust and use case specific innovations at speed,” said Stefano Di Santo, CEO of Ecospray.

As statated by the company in their press release, the new IMO-compliant devices are not only an innovation that drives an environmentally intensive industry towards a more sustainable future but also an investment that will significantly reduce equipment-running costs for shipbuilders.

The role of relayr

By integrating relayr’s IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and AI tailored services, the partnership aims to guarantee constant compliance with IMO regulations for the containment of air pollution in the maritime environment. The ability to constantly monitor and analyze the scrubbers’ performance ensures longer equipment life and fuel savings by optimizing pumping operations while also allowing a significant reduction in operating costs.

“We are delighted to collaborate with a company like Ecospray, igniting together the digital transformation of the marine industry,” says Josef Brunner, CEO of relayr. “This partnership allows us to enter a new market – bringing high added value with IIoT solutions, helping to exploit the full potential of the control systems machines, and ultimately contributing to the reduction of harmful gas emissions.”

The process of digitalization of equipment for gas emission control seems to be only a first step for the two companies. Ecospray’s visionary approach in collaboration with relayr ultimately envisages the adoption of the Equipment as a Service (EaaS) model. Unlike the traditional asset purchase model, The EaaS, will be based on a pay-per-use offering, in which equipment is no longer purchased but provided in exchange for a usage fee.

“In the maritime industry, a fleet could include hundreds of ships, so the opportunities to build smart machines on such a large scale are literally endless,” commented Stefano Di Santo, CEO of Ecospray. 

“The partnership with relayr allows us to confidently face the challenge of bringing the best of 4.0 technologies to the naval sector. The constant motivation that this project offers us on a daily basis requires a totally different and creative approach to problem-solving. I am certain of one thing: together we will never stop improving. Ecospray and relayr: disrupting innovations across the oceans.”


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