Maine Composites Alliance companies recognized

Three members of the Maine Composites Alliance are recognized for creativity and innovation by Tech Maine.

Members of the Maine Composites Alliance (MCA, Portland, Maine, USA) have won recognition in the 2010 Technology Awards sponsored by Tech Maine for designing and creating marine infrastructure components, innovative wind and wave energy technology, and cutting-edge military crafts.

Members of MCA that earned recognition are:

  • Martin Grimnes, president of Harbor Technologies LLC, was recognized by Tech Maine as CxO or Chief Technology Officer of the Year for being “the perfect example of a CEO that is consistently successful, leads by example, creates unique opportunities for his company and has fun doing it.” Harbor Technologies’ composites are used in the manufacturing of docks, piers, marinas, sea walls, pilings, and most recently, to build bridge beams as an alternative to heavy steel. In 2008, Harbor Technologies tripled the size of its manufacturing space to 30,000 ft²/2,787m², and added state-of-the-art pultrusion machinery to produce marine pilings of any length.
  • Ocean Renewable Power Co.’s (ORPC’s) tidal energy technology was recognized for Product of the Year for creating breakthrough tidal energy technology and leading the nation in the development of clean, predictable, affordable power from the ocean. ORPC is creating jobs and other economic benefits for Maine, and will bring millions of dollars of new investment to the state through sustainable development of an indigenous Maine resource. ORPC is a member of the MCA and several of its fellow members helped to create components of its technological solutions.
  • Richard “Dick” Akers, of Maine Marine Composites, was recognized as a finalist for Technology Innovator of the Year by Tech Maine for his success “in combining electrical engineering, software development and naval architecture to provide new tools and solutions for both marine craft design and the emerging offshore energy industry.” Akers has recently been involved in such varied projects as the design and optimization of the Combatant Craft Medium for the U.S. Special Operations Command and the design and optimization of a wave energy conversion device developed for Resolute Marine Energy. If it floats on, or moves through, the water, he can contribute to the design.