Technical Innovation in the Regulated World: How to Do Something New in a World Full of Rules

Jarlath McEntee, Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, Ocean Renewable Power Company

Friday, November 8, 2013, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series.

ORPC's Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project is the first of its kind in the US and one of the few grid-connected marine hydrokinetic (MHK) projects in the world. The MHK industry is a technically challenging one, being developed in a highly regulated energy marketplace and within an environmental regulatory process largely unfamiliar with MHK technologies. How do we develop something which appears to be good – a new renewable energy technology – under rules written for the fossil fuel industry? We will look over the experiences of one such development project (ORPC's) and find out from a technical viewpoint what it takes for a company to make its way through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing process and install and operate an MHK project.

About the Speaker

Jarlath McEntee, ORPC’s Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, drives the development of the company’s proprietary hydrokinetic energy technology. He earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering at University College in Dublin, Ireland in 1986 and his Master of Science at Dartmouth College in 1989. He comes to ORPC after spending more than 25 years in engineering and project management, having developed technical expertise in tidal power turbines, combined heat and power systems, Stirling engine and refrigeration systems, control system design and analysis, micro-mechanical structures, and marine engineering systems. Jarlath has taught courses in marine engineering at the Maine Maritime Academy, and holds multiple engineering-related patents. As ORPC’s chief technology engineer, he has also submitted numerous patents on behalf of ORPC. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Maine.