Who We Are

The Australian Ocean Energy Group is an industry-led cluster formed to facilitate industry collaboration of the ocean energy industry to create significant value for Australia.  Our founding partners include leading energy organisations, Australian research institutions, plus innovators and SMEs drawn from across Australia and the world.

NERA’s project funding and industry support have provided an important catalyst to attract engagement and collaboration with Australia’s energy sector as well as help add ocean energy to this country’s future energy mix.

Mission and Goals

Our mission is to accelerate commercialisation of Australia’s ocean energy as the next frontier in low carbon generating capacity and add ocean energy to Australia’s energy resource mix. We accomplish this through the following goals:

Increase Collaboration

We’re working together to strengthen partnerships leading to collaborative work amongst diverse organisations and other industrial sectors to accelerate development of ocean energy projects in Australia.

Apply Innovation

Our group will help translate good ideas that lead to value for the industry. We’re collaborating on new ways to reduce the time from concept to commercialization as well as reduce barriers for ocean energy development projects.

Expand Market Opportunities

We’re providing a platform for business to business, industry to industry and cluster to cluster collaborations and extending the global reach for Australian Ocean Energy Group partners. Ocean energy has synergies with offshore oil and gas and subsea sectors, defence, maritime operations, and island communities.

Engage with Government

Our works aim to educate, engage and gain policy and regulatory support for ocean energy development and its role in the country’s renewable energy portfolio.

Inform and Connect

One of the main ways our group can help accelerate innovation in the ocean energy sector is through assertive communication and engagement. We aim to generate a broad base of stakeholder support for ocean energy development while expanding active involvement in the cluster.

Reduce Costs and Increase Efficiencies

Reducing costs and improving efficiencies is an important factor in achieving success in the ocean energy sector. We aim to achieve this through shared resources, expanded program engagements amongst all participants and focused knowledge transfer.

Executive Management Team

Our management team has decades of experience both within the ocean energy sector and beyond.

Chris Lee
Chris LeeCEO, Climate KIC Australia and AOEG Sponsor
Stephanie Thornton
Stephanie ThorntonCluster Manager
Forbes Peters
Forbes PetersEngineering Consultant
Kylie Hargreaves
Kylie HargreavesChair
Francis Norman
Francis NormanGeneral Manager – Innovation & Strategy NERA
Mike Straughton
Mike Straughton CEO – Wolfe & Co Solutions

Consortium Members

Cluster structures, like ours, provide more effective means to innovate solutions to challenges in ocean energy development. Members of the cluster are described as its consortium. This important group of people are essential to creating and upholding a strong, innovation-driven, entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are proud to have the support of these great organisations and individuals. Contact us if you’re interested in joining our community.


Gregory Butler

Forbes Peters

Hargreaves International

NERA Australian Ocean Energy Group Partner
University of Qld AOEG Member