Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (Ocean Power) has appointed Phil Hart as chief technology officer (CTO) of the company. Hart will report to Mark R. Draper, the chief executive officer of the company. Hart will be in charge for advanced technology development, that will consist of leading the development of the new PowerBuoy systems and directing on-going research programs.

Hart has expertise in marine technology. His career consist of extensive experience in developing and implementing technology, and leading teams of marine engineers on a wide range of marine and subsea development engineering projects. His inventions and developments have been successfully utilized on an international basis on ships at sea and subsea vehicles and installations.

Prior to joining Ocean Power, Hart worked for eight years for Global Marine Systems. Its markets consist of telecommunications, renewable energy, oil and gas, and homeland security. Recently, he has led Global Marine’s research and development efforts, as well as the integration and development of new technology for introduction into the marketplace. Previously, he worked as an engineering consultant on projects for clients that have included Statoil, Texaco and BP-Amoco.

On the appointment, Mark R. Draper said, We are very pleased to have Phil Hart join OPT as Chief Technology Officer. He brings a wealth of demonstrated technical innovation, leadership of engineering teams and experience in strategic management of the technology development process. Phil has shown the keen ability to bridge between that process of continuous innovation and its implementation in successful commercial strategies. He has also spent his entire career successfully delivering equipment into the marine environment. This is just the experience needed to fulfill this role.

Hart has earned doctorate degree and a Master’s degree in Marine Technology from Cranfield University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Technology from Plymouth university.