Swedish wave energy developer Seabased is joining the Ocean Energy Europe Board of Directors as a Lead Partner, the industry body has announced.
As a member of the Board, Seabased VP Marcelle Askew will play an important role in steering the strategic direction of the association and in ensuring that wave energy reaches its full industrial potential.
Rémi Gruet, CEO of Ocean Energy Europe welcomed the addition of Seabased to the Ocean Energy Europe Board of Directors: “The arrival of Seabased on the OEE Board is a significant step for the growing wave energy sector. I have no doubt that Marcelle and the Seabased team will bring a wealth of experience and ideas to the table. I am looking forward to working with Seabased and OEE’s other wave energy board members on innovative approaches to driving forward the industrialisation of the wave sector.”
Founded in 2001, Seabased is a pioneer in wave energy technology. It built the world’s first grid-connected multi-generator wave park with 36 generators in Sotenäs, Sweden. The company has also completed demonstration and testing projects in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Ghana.
Wave’s potential as a source of significant reliable, renewable energy is well documented. The Seabased team is moved by the desire to realise that potential and to see wave energy play a key role in balancing renewable energy grids. They are committed to doing so in a way that actually helps the environment where their parks are installed.
Marcelle Askew, VP Projects of Seabased added “I am delighted that Seabased is joining the OEE Board of Directors at this pivotal moment in wave energy’s development. OEE’s work is incredibly valuable to the ocean energy sector and I look forward to representing Seabased and wave technology in defining the direction and scope of the association’s activities. Seabased has a solutions-oriented approach to addressing the global energy and climate challenges, an ethos which I am certain is shared by the other board members.”
Seabased is currently working towards third party certification of its technology and on a collaborative software project, which will optimise each park to generate maximum power in a given wave climate. These projects signify a major step towards the global commercialisation of wave energy, and both are co-funded by the EU’s INTERREG programme.
By Jake Frith