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Pioneering Hydrokinetic Engineering Expert Joins Verterra Energy

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Verterra Energy, Inc. is pleased to announce that Eric Newberg has joined our Advisory Board. Eric’s expertise in hydrokinetic renewable technology development and installation brings valuable insights to Verterra as it scales up and demonstrates its modular water power technology, Volturnus.

Over the past 15 years, Eric has been working as a mechanical engineer in a variety of industries including general aviation, aerospace, defense and the commercial and recreational marine markets. As the former first Director of Engineering at Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) he has considerable practical experience with ocean energy systems and on water operations.

“The Volturnus V-PODs are a unique and novel approach to hydrokinetic power generation, with assembly line mass production and scaled deployment in arrays. The design that is far less obtrusive and robust than more conventional turbines, I have no doubt that Volturnus will lead the way in river and tidal current technologies.” Eric continued “I believe in this important mission and am thrilled to be joining team.”

Prior to his pioneering work at ORPC, Eric worked for The Hinckley Company as a senior product development engineer where he was responsible for vessel structural design and the specification and design of onboard systems. Eric holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine.

"In this new market of modular, dispatchable water power, there are very few people who have the experience of actually deploying units in the water like Eric" said company founder Ted Christopher. "There have been a lot of experiments in the space- but Eric's drive towards market ready products is unique and we're grateful to have his insights."

Verterra was founded in 2010 with a mission to harness the power of flowing water in rivers, oceans and canals to produce abundant clean, reliable power for all the world’s people.

Volturnus is a simple and elegant device that, when submerged in moving water, generates electricity. When deployed in “V-Pods” of 5, they create scalable power from 50 kW to multi- MW arrays.

Based in Minneapolis, MN Verterra is funded by mission driven investors and is currently setting up commercial deployment projects in the US.

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