Christopher Ridgewell is CEO at AW-Energy, the developer of the first third party certified wave energy technology – WaveRoller. He started working in the energy sector some 25 years ago with LNG carrier construction and has global experience in the marine industry that has focused on the safe implementation of a wide variety of innovative marine and energy assets. He started at AW-Energy at the beginning of 2014 as CTO, leading the team to transform the WaveRoller concept into a bankable and industrialised product. In 2018 he was promoted to CEO. He holds a degree in Naval Architect from Newcastle University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
WaveRoller development is grounded on the successful demonstration of the technology made possible through the EU FP7 funded SURGE project and EiB’s InnovFin programme. Technology performance is now being extended through the EU H2020 funded MegaRoller project.