US-based wave energy developer Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has named Christopher Phebus as its new Vice President of Engineering.
In his new role, Phebus will assume responsibility for the continued enhancement of OPT’s PowerBuoy wave energy technology and will also lead the company’s multi-disciplinary engineering team.
Phebus holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University, and a Masters in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Prior to joining OPT, Phebus served the General Electric Company for 16 years. His most recent role was that of Head of Global Engineering and Technology for the Flow and Process Technology and Reciprocating Compression division at GE Oil & Gas.
George Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT, said: “Chris has a proven track record as a leader in setting a strategic direction for global product development, delivering industry-leading technology innovation and driving performance through disciplined process management. His extensive subsea and engineering experience will further strengthen our capabilities as we continue to scale the business.”
OPT has developed and is seeking to commercialize its proprietary PowerBuoy technology, which can act as both power and communication platform for remote offshore applications.