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EMEC appoints Finn commercial director

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has appointed Matthew Finn its new commercial director.

Finn will focus on driving forward the long-term growth of the organization, leading on EMEC’s commercial activities. He has worked in the ocean energy sector for the past 14 years, helping to secure more than £250 million of funding for a range of low-carbon projects. In his previous role as EMEC’s commercial manager, Finn built up a long-term pipeline of projects including initiatives such as FORESEA, OceanDEMO and the £28 million ReFLEX Orkney project. ReFLEX is one of the largest and most ambitious projects EMEC has taken on and will establish an integrated energy system for Orkney across heat, power and transport networks, driving the islands toward a net zero future by 2030.

Finn joined EMEC in 2006.

Rob Flynn will assume the commercial manager role. He has worked at EMEC since 2018 as international development manager.

“I’m absolutely delighted that Matthew has agreed to take on this important role for EMEC. The breadth of experience he has built up over the years within EMEC is unparalleled and this brings a unique insight that will ensure the organisation finds opportunities to help drive towards net zero,” said Neil Kermode, EMEC’s managing director. “I am really looking forward to this next chapter in EMEC’s development and I can think of no one better placed to deliver growth to our clients.”

“Whilst EMEC’s main marine demonstration facilities are based in Orkney we are now working on projects around the world to help drive them through to success,” Finn said. “I am extremely proud to have a strong team behind me and I look forward to taking on this new role.”

Former EMEC commercial director Oliver Wragg is now commercial director with Orbital Marine Power.

Established in 2003, EMEC is a facility for testing wave and tidal energy converters in real sea conditions. The center offers independent, accredited grid-connected test berths for full-scale prototypes, as well as test sites in less challenging conditions for use by smaller scale technologies, supply chain companies and equipment manufacturers. To date, 20 wave and tidal energy clients spanning 11 countries have tested 32 marine energy devices at EMEC.