Tom Heath

Tom Heath is an experienced Engineer who spent the majority of his career in product and project development, field installation and investigations and in Project Management.

Key Projects include acting as client representative on the building of the concrete collector for the LIMPET wave energy plant on the Scottish Island of Islay; Project Manager for the supply off a turnkey carbon fibre production facility for IPCL in Vadodara, India.
Installation, commissioning and operation of the turbine generator system for the LIMPET wave energy plant, Development of and field commissioning of a hand held friction stud welding system; decommissioning of the LIMPET wave energy plant.

Since 1991 he has been closely associated with the pioneering wave energy development company Wavegen and following the acquisition of Wavegen by Voith Hydro became a member of the Executive management of the Company as well as acting as first, Engineering Manager and subsequently Chief Technology Officer.

He retired from full time employment at the end of 2013 but acts an adviser in the Wave Energy Sector.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr.Tom Heath

Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in Wave Energy Development, Deployment and Operation

T: +44 (0)1381 620377
M: +44 (0)7786 392917


Date of Birth
14th September 1948

Academic Achievement

1966 BSc (Hons) 2.1 Mechanical Engineering from University of Birmingham

1969 PhD “Some Properties of Bolted Joints” University of Warwick

Professional Memberships

Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (M.I.Mech.E)

Chartered Engineer (C.Eng)

Professional Experience

1969-1978 Courtaulds Ltd Coventry

Employed as a post-graduate Engineer to give specialist advice and to solve problems in noise and vibration associated with the textile industry. Became responsible for a development group of twelve graduate Engineers and associated technicians before taking on a role in the sales and marketing of carbon fibre.

1978-81 R.K.Carbon Fibres (Stockport)

Appointed to the management team of the fledgling carbon fibre manufacturing company (subsequently acquired by SGL Ltd) with roles in marketing and Engineering. Became Plant Manager of a newly built carbon Fibre manufacturing facility in Muir of Ord, Scotland

1981 – 2005 Self Employed as Anisotropics Ltd. (excluding 1993-4)

Sole trader providing engineering consultancy. Initial specialisation was manufacturing of PAN based carbon fibre with clients in the UK and US. Over the period of 1989-1995 acted as Project Manager for R.K.Carbon to deliver to Indian Petrochemicals Ltd the first carbon fibre manufacturing plant built in India. In this role he was responsible for plant design, equipment sourcing, logistics, installation and commissioning.

2005 – 2013 Voith Hydro Wavegen Ltd.

Prior to 2005 Dr. Heath was closely associated with Wavegen Ltd a company established in 1991 to develop and exploit Oscillating Water Column wave energy technology. A founding director of Wavegen he was initially employed as a Consultant with the task of interpreting the ideas of Professor Alan Wells who was at that time Technical Director of the Company. He briefly became an employee in 1993-4 before reverting to the previous consultancy role. In 2005, following the acquisition of Wavegen by Voith Hydro, he became a full time employee and was responsible for all aspects of Engineering as well as being a member of the Executive Management triumvirate. He performed or was responsible for a wide range of tasks associated with the development of wave energy including:

• Wave resource assessment
• Wave induced load studies
• Wave tank modelling of wave energy systems
• Structural design studies
• Mathematical modelling of Wave Energy systems
• Physical development of a reliable air turbine power take off for OWC systems
• Development of a practical control system for the air turbine.
• Construction of the LIMPET shoreline wave energy plant
• Operation of LIMPET from 2000-2013
• Supply of 16 Turbo-generation units to the Mutriku Multiple Oscillating Water Column Plant.
• Preparation of Grant Applications and subsequent Reporting
• Preparation of Papers for presentation at Industry Conferences and Journal publication
• Selection of Sites for Wave Energy Systems
• Development of practical installation methods for shoreline, nearshore and off-shore sites
• Development of a realistic method of weather risk assessment in hostile sites.
• Consideration of power quality and grid connection issues
• E-member of BSI committees developing protocols for wave resource assessment and wave energy device testing.
• Micro-term wave prediction

2013 – Present

Wave Energy Consultant providing practical help to interested parties