28 April 2016. John Liljelund, CEO of leading wave energy technology developer AW-Energy, has been elected to the Ocean Energy Europe Board of Directors. The Board is composed of the ocean energy industry’s most influential representatives. The appointment will strengthen the wave energy focus at the industry body as the sector moves towards commercial readiness.
Mr Liljelund was elected at Ocean Energy Europe’s Annual General Meeting in Brussels. He brings a decade of commercial experience in developing AW-Energy’s WaveRoller technology to the table, and adds strength Ocean Energy Europe’s wave energy representation at Board level.
“We are very happy to welcome John to the Board of Directors. The next few years will be a defining period for the ocean energy industry as it deploys pilot commercial projects. Ensuring that the European industry is following the right strategic path will be fundamental to success. I look forward to drawing on John’s extensive experience in renewable energy, and specifically in wave energy, to help steer the ship in the right direction”, said Rémi Gruet, CEO of Ocean Energy Europe.
“I believe that one of the key objectives for the ocean energy sector now is market development. The imperative for progress is the success of as many members of the ocean energy community as possible. My involvement in the renewables sector stretches over nearly two decades. Both my experience and constructive attitude is now at the disposal of the OEE Executive Team. I look forward to working together with Rémi Gruet, the excellent team of Ocean Energy Europe and its Board members, ensuring the successful growth of ocean energy in Europe and beyond”, said John Liljelund, CEO of AW-Energy.
About Ocean Energy Europe
Ocean Energy Europe is the largest network of ocean energy professionals in the world. 107 organisations, including Europe’s leading utilities, industrialists and research institutes, trust Ocean Energy Europe with the promotion of ocean energy; acting as the main link between Europe's ocean energy industry and the EU institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, EIB etc) and EU Member States.
About AW Energy Ltd
AW-Energy is a pioneer in the green economy and is the global leader in wave energy technology. Its flagship product, WaveRoller®, is a submerged wave energy converter based on a hinged panel that is attached to the sea bed in the near shore area. It generates electricity from the movement of the waves (surge phenomenon) and is connected to the electric grid onshore. The company is based in Finland, and operates in multiple continents. It is backed by strong owners including Fortum, a leading European utility company.
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