Archive for August, 2009
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration today announced that it has awarded Ocean Farm Technologies, Inc. (PI) and Resolute Marine Energy, Inc. a Phase II SBIR grant to continue the development of RME's AirWEC™ wave energy converter, design and build means for incorporating the AirWEC™ into OFT's Aquapod™ aquaculture system, and run extended sea trials of the integrated system in preparation for commercialization.
"We're very pleased that NOAA has recognized the value of the work we completed in Phase I but also that it continues to support the development of a robust offshore aquaculture industry," said RME CEO Bill Staby. "Global demand for seafood is increasing, production from capture fisheries is declining, and the world's main fishing areas have reached their maximum potential." "Inland and near-shore aquaculture face a number of challenges so it's inevitable that offshore aquaculture will play a key role in the production of high-value fish proteins." "The ultimate goal is for fish raised in the Aquapod™ aquaculture system to command "sustainable-raised"" premium pricing in the marketplace," Staby concluded.
RME is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative solutions for producing power at sea. The company is initially focusing on building wave energy conversion (WEC) systems focused on specific commercial and government applications.
RME appointed Olivier Ceberio as its Chief Operating Officer. "Olivier is a great addition to RME's senior management team" said Bill Staby, RME's CEO. "He's got a terrific mix of skills and experiences that include leadership of complex product development teams to strategy and human resource development and international business." Prior to RME, Olivier was a senior aerospace engineer at Starsem S.A. where he directed satellite launches and managed the development, production and inaugural launch of a revolutionary new rocket system. Olivier also headed the transition team that integrated Starsem with Arianespace S.A. Olivier is a dual MBA/MPA graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard Kennedy School of Government and he obtained his Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Institut Superieur de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace (SUPAERO) in 1996.