C-level and board appointments as firms prepare for ESS industry growth

C-level and board appointments as firms prepare for ESS industry growth

C-level and board appointments as firms prepare for ESS industry growth Energy Storage Journal


On May 3 GE Power, a subsidiary of General Electric, announced it had hired Robert Morgan, former AES Corporation CEO and founder of Agile Energy. to head its Energy Storage Unit and manage the growth of its Reservoir Energy Storage platform.

One of Morgan’s principal tasks will be to grow and expand the energy platform — a 1.2MW/4MWh system that allows renewables integration, improve financial performance, enhance grid operations, reduce energy costs and enables more distributed, local generation.

Last month US utility Avangrid — the company formed when Iberdrola USA bought UIL Holding for $3 billion in December 2015 — announced Laney Brown was its new vice president.

This was a return to the company Brown left two years ago, when she quit as director of smart grid planning and programmes at Iberdrola USA to take up a job as vice president of grid modernizing strategy at utility consultants Modern Grid Partners in February 2016.

Most recently she spent 10 months as vice president at Concentric, the energy industry management consulting and financial advisory services firm.

On May 3 Stina, since renamed as Cellcube Energy Storage Systems following its buy out of Gildemeister Energy Storage, named Brett Whalen as its new finance adviser to the company’s board of directors.

Whalen is a vice president and portfolio manager at Goodman Investment Counsel, a wholly owned division of Dundee Corporation. He is also president and CEO of the CMP Group of companies and director of Enwise Holdings.

The UK Battery Industrialisation Centre — part of the government’s £246 million ($332 million) Faraday Battery Challenge – appointed Jeff Pratt as it managing director.

Pratt starts in June, after finishing his job as general manager at Nissan’s lithium ion battery plant in Sunderland. He will report to Kuma Bhattacharyya, a British-Indian engineer who founded the Warwick Manufacturing Group in 1980.

The £80 million centre was established through a joint bid by WMG, at the University of Warwick, Coventry, Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Coventry City Council.

The centre aims to develop next generation battery systems using different chemistries, electrodes and cell designs at the module and pack level.

The facility is due to open in 2020.