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About Us
ORPC, Inc. is in the business of improving people’s lives, and their environment, through sustainable energy solutions. Partnering with communities and key stakeholders, ORPC develops marine renewable energy solutions that provide reliable clean electricity from tidal and river currents and reduce the carbon footprint and environmental risks associated with diesel. Through its unique business model, ORPC creates local economic development, including training opportunities and new jobs.

ORPC is initially focused on 2 billion mostly indigenous people worldwide who live in remote communities with no access to traditional energy infrastructure and who are facing serious sustainability issues. Over 700 million of them rely exclusively on prohibitively expensive and environmentally damaging diesel generation for their electricity. Many remote mining and other industrial facilities share the same issues. While solar and wind may be part of their energy mix, most of these communities and facilities are located near rivers or oceans, and ORPC power systems will deliver the best sustainable, predictable power solution.

ORPC is the only company in the world to have built, operated and delivered power to grids from both tidal and river projects. ORPC has proven the technical and operational viability of its tidal and river power systems in a series of successful demonstration projects since 2010. Extensive third-party monitoring has found that ORPC power systems have, “no known adverse impacts on the marine environment.”

Built around ORPC’s patented and highly adaptable core technology, the turbine generator unit or TGU, ORPC power systems produce no discharges and do not impact waterscape views. In 2012, ORPC built and operated its TidGen® Power System, the first revenue-generating, grid-connected tidal energy project in North America, and the first ocean energy project of any type to deliver power to a utility grid anywhere in the Americas. In 2014, ORPC built and operated its RivGen® Power System, the Company’s first river energy project, delivering power to the remote Alaskan village of Igiugig. ORPC re-installed and operated an updated RivGen® Power System in Igiugig in 2015, demonstrating its latest technology advancements and providing one third of the community’s electricity needs.

The professional and highly motivated ORPC team has gained international acclaim for strong leadership and innovation in technology commercialization, project development, regulatory compliance and stakeholder collaboration. ORPC is known for cultivating strong community and regional relationships that create support for its projects through open dialogue, honesty and maximizing local and regional economic benefits.

ORPC has developed a globally respected knowledge database of fisheries and marine life interaction with our power systems, and to date, "no known adverse impacts" have been observed in either river or ocean environments. We are committed to protecting marine life and understanding the interaction between the marine environment and our power systems. ORPC's industry-leading approach to environmental monitoring includes the use of innovative monitoring technologies and methodologies, informed modifications to monitoring through adaptive management, and the establishment of best management practices. These techniques are pursued in collaboration with regulatory agencies and technical advisors under project adaptive management plans.

Every ORPC project is carried out in collaboration with local communities, universities, environmental agencies, fishing industry groups, and other major stakeholders. ORPC's Maine Tidal Energy Project has already brought more than $35 million into the state economy, and created or helped retain more than 100 jobs in 14 of Maine’s 16 counties. Similar benefits are being realized in Alaska, where the company is actively working with local groups to make river energy a reality. There, ORPC has invested over $3.2 million since 2009, and has 60 partners and contractors throughout the state.

ORPC’s wholly owned subsidiary, ORPC Solutions, provides strategic and tactical expertise and support to companies and organizations involved in the ocean and river energy industries internationally.

ORPC is headquartered in Portland, Maine, with offices in Eastport, Maine, Anchorage and Seattle. ORPC’s wholly owned Canadian subsidiary, Énergies Marines Renouvelables Québécoises (EMARQ), is a Québec corporation headquartered in Montréal. Our wholly owned Irish subsidiary, ORPC Ireland, Ltd., is headquartered in Dublin. The company is pursuing new strategic and financial partnerships that will allow us to expand our operations in North America and Europe, and supply ORPC technology and expertise to regions around the world where ocean and river energy resources exist.