EMEC appoints Matthew Finn as Commercial Director

EMEC appoints Matthew Finn as Commercial Director

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has appointed Matthew Finn as Commercial Director.

Finn will focus on driving forward the long-term growth of the organisation leading on EMEC’s commercial activities, bringing his unique experience and knowledge of the sector to the role.

He has worked in the ocean energy sector for the last 14 years, helping to secure over £250 million of funding for a range of low carbon projects.

In his previous role as EMEC’s Commercial Manager, he successfully built up a long-term pipeline of projects for the company including flagship initiatives such as FORESEA, OceanDEMO and the £28m 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 towards a net zero future by 2030.

Finn has also been instrumental in supporting the development of the wider local renewable energy sector, working with organisations such as the Orkney Renewable Energy Forum (OREF) and helping Orkney win €100k via the EU Responsible Islands Prize.

Assuming the Commercial Manager role is Rob Flynn, who has worked at EMEC since 2018 as International Development Manager.

Commenting on his appointment, Matthew Finn, said, “EMEC is a truly unique organisation to work for with a genuinely inspiring vision for a low carbon future.”

“As Commercial Director, I am relishing the challenge of working with a range of organisations to take their technologies and solutions to market.

“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.”

“I am extremely proud to have a strong team behind me and I look forward to taking on this new role.”

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