2021 Innovator of the Year – Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC)
The Innovator of the Year Award is presented to a company or organization in Maine that has accessed international markets through new and innovative processes or products.
Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) in Portland has become a global leader in marine renewable energy. Their RivGen® Power System operating in Igiugig, Alaska is now the longest operating river current energy converter system in North America. The company’s customer pipeline has expanded into more communities in Alaska, as well as Canada, Chile, and Europe. Unable to visit prospective river and tidal energy sites in order to assess their energy generating potential with travel prohibited during the pandemic, the team at ORPC adapted and is now benefiting from strong global interest in aggressive climate change mitigation, including local renewable energy sources. ORPC responded to inquiries from almost 20 countries in the past year.
“This MITC honor is significant, as it is tangible recognition of ORPC’s commercialization ability, the importance of our marine energy product development and testing efforts in Maine as beneficial to the state’s economy, and the many talents of our team in developing new products and competing in the global marketplace,” says ORPC President John Ferland.