Redrock Power Systems
Paul Paterson, P.Eng and Founder
This startup company that develops and commercializes alternative fuel cell systems for the marine industry was founded by Paul Paterson in 2017. Paul studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Redrock is presently housed at UPEI’s Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering.
“My plan for the company came about five years ago when I saw the need for clean technology in boats and other marine vessels,” he says. “There have been so many advances in hybrids and alternative fuels in buses, cars and other vehicles. My experience is in fuel cell design for heavy duty transit buses, and I wanted to bring this technology to the marine industry for North America and Europe.”
One project proposal that Redrock is currently working on is for a low-cost high-speed commuter ferry service in British Columbia which would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 95 percent. The company is also working on a feasibility study to adopt advanced Swedish vessel technology for use the in Atlantic lobster fishery, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by about 55 percent.
“In 2016, I was working at Aspin Kemp & Associates, where I was the industry liaison between AKA and UPEI. I participated in the senior class design clinic and we formed a good relationship. Redrock went on to hire one of the students participating in the clinic and we’ve just brought on another intern as well.”
Paul says Redrock is partnering with UPEI because the school is keen to work on alternative energy projects that are sustainable and good for the environment. “UPEI helps me by providing space and sharing design ideas, and I share business ideas with the university.”
For more information about Redrock Power Systems, visit www.rrpsys.com.