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Press release: EMEC’s Matthew Finn appointed to OEE board

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Ocean Energy Europe (OEE) has appointed two new Co-Presidents and seven new Directors to its Board.

Simon De Pietro (DP Energy, Ireland) and Patrik Möller (Corpower Ocean, Sweden) have been appointed as Co-Presidents, a pairing that brings together both technology and project development perspectives, and a wealth of experience in ocean energy. The board also welcomes seven new Directors, elected this morning by the OEE membership. This election ensures that the association’s board continues to represent a diverse cross-section of the industry across Europe, and maintains its high-level orientation.

The newly elected Directors are:

  • Matthew Finn, Commercial Director, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
  • Marlène Kiersnowski, Manager, SEENEOH Tidal Test Site
  • Tony Lewis, Beaufort Professor Emeritus, MaREI
  • Patrik Möller, CEO, Corpower Ocean
  • Pablo Ruiz Minguela, Head of Wave Energy, Tecnalia
  • Britta Schaffmeister, CEO, Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC)
  • Oliver Wragg, Commercial Director, Orbital Marine Power

The appointments come at a crucial time for the ocean energy sector, as the push to scale up and industrialise intensifies, and the shift towards 100% renewable energy sources picks up pace. Together with the OEE Board of Directors, the Co-Presidents will steer the sector’s course over the coming years, as ocean energy positions itself as a key part of decarbonising the world’s energy supply.

Matthew Finn, Commercial Director, EMEC said:

“Having worked closely with Ocean Energy Europe for many years, it’s a pleasure to be appointed to the Board of Directors at this particularly exciting time for the ocean energy sector. This year we’re gearing up for the deployment of two tidal and two wave energy technologies at EMEC’s test sites in Orkney, as well as supporting various developers across Europe with their test planning and performance assessments.

“As well as strengthening the renewable energy mix and supporting decarbonisation targets, ocean energy offers distinct economic benefits, particularly to rural peripheral communities. Recent years have seen increased pressure on governments to support the ocean energy sector, and we’re starting to feel the winds of change. Ocean Energy Europe have been pivotal in building up this momentum, and I’m looking forward to working with them to help drive this on further.”

Patrik Möller, CEO of Corpower Ocean, Sweden, and OEE Co-President said:

“I’m delighted to be appointed Co-President of OEE, representing the largest network of ocean energy professionals in the world. OEE plays a hugely important role, engaging at the highest political level and raising awareness of ocean energy, as one of the largest untapped sources of clean energy on earth. The next three years will be particularly exciting as we transition to commercial operations with several technology suppliers entering the market with bankable products.”

Simon de Pietro, Managing Director of DP Energy, and OEE Co-President said:

“I’m genuinely excited to have been re-elected as Co President of the OEE Board. We are entering a period that will prove to be the defining moment for ocean energy, as it takes its place within the broader renewables sector alongside wind and solar. Whilst the term ‘ocean energy’ covers a range of technologies, it is notable that both wave and tidal technologies have taken major steps forward in recent years. Both are progressing towards commercial readiness – as standalone projects, but also as part of hybrid renewable technology deployments, co-located with shared infrastructure. For example, hybrid offshore floating wind and wave generation could, and should, be a game-changer for our shared ambition of a reliable and flexible electricity network in a carbon-neutral world.”

Source: Ocean Energy Europe – New OEE Co-Presidents and Directors to steer ocean energy sector through crucial period








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