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Orbital Marine Power names Wragg new commercial director

Orbital Marine Power Ltd, a developer of floating tidal stream turbines, has appointed Oliver Wragg as its commercial director.

Previously, Wragg was commercial director at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd for more than six years, where he oversaw significant growth in activities supporting and delivering industry initiatives and flagship projects.

Wragg has been an active board member of Ocean Energy Europe since 2010, and in 2012 he was awarded the Lennard Senior Prize for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the field of marine energy.

“Oliver joining the team at Orbital is a huge boost for our commercial ambitions,” said Andrew Scott, chief executive officer of Orbital. “He comes with an unrivalled marine energy network that stretches around the world and I’m certain he will play a pivotal role in building a valuable pipeline of projects for us to grow into in the years to come.”

Wragg joins Orbital this month.

“I am extremely excited about joining Orbital to help drive tidal energy towards commercialization,” he says. “As we move forward into a world where a transition to net zero is being legislated for and we are seeing a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels, the time has now come to unlock the prize that is affordable and reliable net zero electricity from the power of the tides. I truly believe that Orbital has the right technological solution to succeed and is on the cusp of achieving a step change in tidal energy commercialization.”

Orbital is a Scottish engineering company focused on the development of a tidal energy turbine technology capable of producing a dramatic reduction in the cost of energy from tidal currents. The Orbital technology has been under continuous engineering development, including rigorous testing of scaled systems in both tank conditions and open ocean environments, since the company was founded in 2002

Orbital was the first company to successfully grid connect a floating tidal turbine in 2011 with its 250-kW scale system, which was operated at EMEC. In 2016, the company launched the SR2000, which produced in excess of 3 GWh of electricity over its initial 12-month continuous test program.

In October 2018, Orbital opened a £7 million crowd funding debenture on the Abundance Investment platform to support the build of the O2 turbine, with the target being met inside 10 weeks. The Orbital O2 will comprise of a 72-m-long floating superstructure, supporting two 1-MW turbines at either side for a nameplate capacity of 2 MW, at a tidal current speed of 2.5 m/s.