Ocean Energy Europe (OEE) has elected Dr. Jochen Weilepp, representing Sustainable Marine Energy (SME), as its co-president, joining Simon De Pietro of DP Energy.
DiPietro has been OEE co-president since 2016.
OEE says Dr. Weilepp has been a valuable member of the board for almost a decade and has been active in the ocean energy sector for 15 years. He currently represents tidal turbine technology developers SME and Schottel Hydro and wave developer Nemos.
Dr Weilepp is also professor for energy management at the University of Applied Sciences Biberach, Germany.
From 2005 to 2012, as chief executive officer of Voith Hydro, he oversaw projects in wave, tidal and salinity gradient.
“Over the past 15 years, I have seen ocean energy technologies go from strength to strength, with numerous projects now producing clean, predictable electricity across Europe,” Dr. Weilepp said. “I am looking forward to working with the OEE team as they engage with both national governments and the incoming European Parliament and Commission. I believe that with Simon’s experience as a project developer and my own background working with device manufacturers, we are in a strong position to lead the sector forward to commercialization.”
OEE is a network of ocean energy professionals that includes Europe’s utilities, industrialists and research institutes. The association’s objective is to create a strong environment for the development of ocean energy, improve access to funding and enhance business opportunities for its members. OEE engages with the European Commission, Council, Parliament, European Investment Bank, and national ministries on all dossiers affecting the sector, such as energy, climate, finance, grid and consenting.