BPS

BPS is a renewable energy company based in Sydney, Australia.  Our bioWAVE product is a world-leading system for extraction of energy from ocean waves, allowing direct conversion to certifiable grid-quality electricity.  The O-Drive product is a standardised self-contained power conversion module (or Power Take-Off module) for use in wave, tidal and wind energy projects.  The bioSTREAM product is designed to harness the energy in tidal currents, without rotating blades, and is therefore expected to have minimal impacts on aquatic species.  Our products are designed using nature-inspired principles, combined with rigorous best-practice engineering, and are intended to provide cost-effective clean energy supply in a wide range of conditions and locations.

Established in 2006, the company is following a strategic path towards offering advanced renewable energy products to the global market.

BPS is currently completing a wave energy project near Port Fairy, Australia.  The grid-connected project will demonstrate electricity supply from a full-scale 250kW bioWAVE and O-Drive installation.  Further projects aimed at improving the technical and commercial performance of all BPS products are being investigated.  Ultimately, the aim of the company is to deliver its products to micro-grid, off-grid, and island customers and to utility-scale projects connected to distribution grids.

BPS Strategy:

  • Employ a highly-specialised team of skilled engineers and technicians;
  • Develop, design and patent world-leading renewable energy technologies;
  • Demonstrate innovative and cost-effective products in off-grid, micro-grid, and grid-connected projects;
  • Partner with successful organisations to deliver projects of increasing capacity;
  • Offer commercial ocean energy  products to the global market;

The Market

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"The ocean energy resource is unquestionably huge, the world is ready to embrace a clean energy future, and the technologies are now available to capitalise on the opportunity."

– Dr. Timothy Finnigan, CEO of BPS 

The oceans of the world offer an abundant supply of inexhaustible clean energy to power our future.  Commercially-viable wave energy conditions are ubiquitous along expansive stretches of coastline, and predictable tidal currents rush through channels and fjords by the thousands.  The market for products that harness these energy sources could grow to similar proportions as the market for wind turbines. 

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Management

Timothy Finnigan

BASc, MASc, PhD Chief Executive Officer

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Timothy Finnigan

BASc, MASc, PhD Chief Executive Officer

Timothy is an experienced executive in technology and energy related business.  Over the past 10 years he has overseen the development and growth of BPS, now one of the world's leading marine energy companies.  Prior to this, he held positions in engineering and management in Australia, USA and Canada.  Timothy has particular expertise in the commercialisation of technology and developing business solutions in the engineering and energy sectors.

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Gerold Kloos

BE, PhD R&D Manager

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Gerold Kloos

BE, PhD R&D Manager

Gerold joined BPS in 2008 following previous roles in Germany and Australia working in the fields of automation and machine control. He has a PhD in Mechatronics and a particular interest in sustainability, including renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Gerold is highly skilled at managing technical teams in the delivery of projects that combine mechanical, electrical and software systems.  

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François Flocard

MSc, PhD Senior Engineer

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François Flocard

MSc, PhD Senior Engineer

François has over fifteen years of experience in coastal engineering and wave energy conversion.  He has worked in Europe, Australia, USA, Africa and South America.  In the last 5 years, François has lead several large projects related to wave dynamics, wave climate assessment and coastal structures.  He has extensive experience in accurate data management, processing and analysis.  François has a PhD in wave energy conversion from the University of Sydney. 

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Board of Directors

David Iverach

BE, PhD Chairman

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David Iverach

BE, PhD Chairman

David has over 40 years experience at the executive level in the public and private sectors. Most recently, as CEO of Transfield Investments, he has played a leading role in the development of Transfield’s alternative energy businesses in Australia. He is experienced in the development of complex infrastructure and technology related projects and businesses involving private equity and negotiations with governments.

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Timothy Finnigan

BASc, MASc, PhD Managing Director

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Timothy Finnigan

BASc, MASc, PhD Managing Director

 

Timothy provides strategic leadership and corporate management as a member of the board of BPS.  With over 20 years of experience in engineering and business, he works closely with the other directors to steer the company towards commercial outcomes.  Over the past several years he has built up a wealth of experience in negotiation, contract management, and business transactions.


 

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Brian Ast

BASc, MBA Director

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Brian Ast

BASc, MBA Director

Brian has a finance and engineering background. He has extensive Public Private Partnership (P3) experience from both the public and private sector perspective, with direct involvement in over 30 P3 Projects. Brian specialises in Infrastructure Finance, Project Development, Equity and Debt Underwriting, Public Private Partnerships.

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