Jason is a qualified Naval Architect and has worked in the marine sector since 1996. He has extensive experience in the design, build and refit of vessels, from small rescue craft to high-performance composite racing yachts, ferries, offshore vessels, and the development of lifting and handling systems for the offshore renewable energy sector. Jason has successfully developed and demonstrated several engineering solutions for performing complex tasks in challenging marine environments and has a wealth of operational experience. He successfully delivered a tidal turbine installation system for Voith Hydro’s first-generation, bottom-mounted tidal turbine, in Korea, in 2010. Since then he has been dedicated to the mission of developing and delivering a simple, cost-effective, tidal energy system that is easy to install and maintain.
As an entrepreneur, Jason has successfully navigated his way through the start-up labyrinth; starting his journey with an engineering consultancy, and evolving it into a technology development company that won a number of funding competitions and gained the support of a strong network of investors and partners, including propulsion experts SCHOTTEL. This enabled him to build a team and develop the PLAT-I floating tidal energy platform, which was successfully installed and demonstrated for the first time, in Scotland, in 2017.
Building on this success, Jason led the merger of SCHOTTEL’s tidal energy business units in Germany and Canada with Sustainable Marine in 2018. The PLAT-I demonstrator was installed at Grand Passage, Nova Scotia, and Jason now leads a growing team located in Germany, Scotland and Nova Scotia that is delivering the world’s first floating tidal array at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE).
Jason holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Hons in Marine Technology) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge, where he also conducted post-graduate research on the economics of marine renewable energy with the Electricity Policy Research Group at Cambridge’s Faculty of Economics.