UNH Ocean Seminar

Sustainable Energy Solutions from Free-Flowing Rivers and Tides

Kaelin Chancey and Liam Pillsbury

Ocean Renewable Power Company

Friday, Apr. 28, 2023, 3:10pm
Chase 105

Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) brings marine renewable energy power systems and project development solutions to its community and industrial partners, specializing in microgrid to utility-scale river and tidal energy applications. ORPC has active projects in Eastport and Millinocket, Maine; Igiugig, Alaska; and Manitoba, Canada. Kaelin Chancey and Liam Pillsbury, both engineers at ORPC and UNH grads, will discuss the unique design and operation associated with ORPC’s innovative underwater power systems. They will also touch on the lab testing of underwater generators using ORPC’s newly fabricated dynamometer test tank at the company’s engineering and electronics laboratory in Brunswick, Maine. Overall, the presentation will cover power systems developed by ORPC along with insights from engineers working on these power systems.  


Kaelin Chancey is a mechanical engineer at ORPC and a UNH graduate. With ORPC since 2021, she has focused on the design of ORPC’s generator subsystems and the building of a dynamometer tank for testing of generators at the company’s engineering and electronics laboratory. While at UNH, Kaelin worked on the Living Bridge Project, troubleshooting the operation of the tidal energy conversion system, installing instrumentation, and analyzing flow data. She graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Liam Pillsbury’s focus at ORPC is research and development of new technologies and systems including the Modular RivGen® Power System. With a background in design, fabrication, assembly, testing and deployment of mechanical systems, he is an experienced project lead and test lead in multiple at-sea test events. Before joining ORPC, Liam worked for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center as a Department of Defense civilian engineer. He received a B.S. and an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from UNH. In his free time, Liam enjoys spending time on the water, and adventuring with his dog Marlin.