US battery-based energy storage firm Engie Storage’s founder Vic Shao has stepped down from his role as chief executive officer and will be replaced by Christopher Tilley, the California company announced on March 26.
Shao, who founded the company formerly known as Green Charge in 2009, will stay on as the company’s chairman and will lead international energy storage business development efforts on behalf of Engie.
US artificial intelligence powered energy storage system firm Stem announced on March 20 that Mark Triplett is its new chief operating officer, responsible for deployment, supply chain, and programs. Alan Russo also joins Stem as senior vice president of global sales.
Triplett was most recently the COO of energy storage company Green Charge Networks, the company that Engie bought an 80% share of in 2016.
On March 22, Canada’s vertically integrated vanadium company Stina Resources announced three appointments at its new, wholly owned Austrian subsidiary Enerox, which is expected to have a total of 25 full-time employees.
All three move across from vanadium redox flow battery company Gildemeister Energy Storage, which Stina is in the final stages of buying.
Once the deal is finalized, Enerox will assume the assets of the company, notably its CellCube technology.
Frank Baumann is Enerox’s head of global sales, Martin Harrer its head of development and Thomas Heinrauch the firm’s head of operations.
It came two days after the company announced Gildemeister’s former head of technical sales, Stefan Schauss, would begin as president and CEO of Enerox on April 15. He will also become a director and president of Stina.
Last month ESJB reported how Brian Ricker had been named president and CEO of Jet Power and Controls, itself a Stina company, to integrate its electrical switchgear and motor control switches technology with the Gildemeister VRB
David Mihara has joined separator firm Microporous as the company’s vice president of technology.
Mihara has previously worked at two lead acid battery firms. Most recently at Northstar Battery Company where he was the firm’s chief technical officer and former director of battery development.
He also held the position of senior director, head of global R&D between 2009 and 2013 at Exide Technologies.
Australian utility Alinta Energy announced on April 12 it had switched on the country’s biggest industrial application lithium ion battery at its Newman Power Station in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The 30MW/11.4MWh battery is capable of operating as a stand-alone system or can supply power if one or all of the station’s read more
Wind power company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy — created last April from a merger between Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica and Siemens Wind Power — has been commissioned to build a wind farm in Australia incorporating a 20MW/34MWh lithium-ion battery, the company announced on April 10. The company has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction read more
Kraftwerksbatterie Heilbronn, the joint venture between German firms Bosch and utility EnBw, announced on April 13 it had commissioned a 5MW/5MWh lithium ion energy storage system for primary control reserve at EnBw’s coal-fired power plant in Heilbronn, Germany. The ESS consists of 768 lithium ion modules that allow the transmission grid operator to balance read more
Japanese firms Benex Corp and Sumitomo announced on April 17 they had launched a project using second-life lithium ion electric vehicle batteries to power Benex’s plant in Isahaya, Japan. The stationary energy storage system project combines renewable energy, end-of-life batteries and electric vehicles to demonstrate the technology as Japan moves to a low carbonized read more
Energy storage is at the heart of a bill passed by the New Jersey House and Senate on April 12 that will require utilities in the US state to generate at least half of its power from renewables by 2030. The bill A3723 compels the state to investigate how energy storage will affect the read more