Clipper Windpower announces new CEO, Director
Doug Pertz has resigned as the wind power company’s President and CEO. He will be replaced by Mauricio F. Quintana. Quintana most recently served as Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at United Technologies Corporation (“UTC”), a position he was in for the last two years. The Board of Directors has also appointed the company’s current Chief Financial Officer, Michael E. Keane, to join the Board of Directors.
Pertz has been in the CEO position since September 2008, after serving five months as Chief Operating Officer. Pertz guided Clipper through a transitional period in the company’s growth and the economic and industry downturn during late 2008 and 2009.
Jim Dehlsen, Chairman, said: “We offer a hearty expression of appreciation to Doug for his tireless efforts over the past 18 months. From the time Doug assumed the CEO role, he has faced challenging economic and industry conditions. We recognize his contribution to Clipper’s success and wish him the best in all his future activities.”
After consideration of alternatives, the Board of Clipper has unanimously selected and appointed Quintana to replace Pertz. Quintana has also been appointed to the Board of Directors. Quintana holds a Licentiate in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad de Costa Rica, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Jim Dehlsen said of the appointment: “We welcome Mauricio and his passion for the Clipper opportunity and its technology drive. He has been integrally involved in UTC’s assessment of Clipper’s technologies, markets and its operations, which resulted in their $275 million investment (by way of subscription and tender offer) in January 2010. Mauricio brings a keen insight to the tasks of extending Clipper’s technology advantage in building the business for both the onshore and offshore markets.”
Edited by Jennifer Denby
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
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