GE appoints Duncan Berry as its CEO of LM Wind Power
Duncan Berry is set to become the latest CEO of LM Wind Power, following General Electric’s acquisition of the Danish company last year.
The rotor blade supplier was acquired by GE’s Renewable subsidiary in April, and since Berry has worked alongside his predecessor, Marc de Jong.
Berry has worked with GE since 1996, working in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
The new CEO has worked on strategy for GE Renewable Energy’s wind business, following his transition from GE Capital in 2016.
LM Wind Power is currently working on developing a 107-metre blade for the firm’s 12MW wind turbine.
“LM Wind Power is a critical part of GE Renewable Energy's growth strategy, and I want to thank Marc de Jong for his outstanding leadership of this team,” regarded Jérôme Pécresse, CEO of GE Renewable Energy.
"Under Marc's guidance the business has grown stronger and is focused on delivering future success together with GE and all its external customers,” he added.
“We are committed to a smooth transition and to continuing Marc's legacy of high performance and customer focus as we continue to lead GE's evolution in the energy transition.”
Toyota unveils electric van and Volvo opens fuel cell lab
Toyota is launching its first zero emission battery electric vehicle, the Proace Electric medium-duty panel van, across Europe.
The model, which offers a choice of 50 or 75kWh lithium-ion batteries with range of up to 205 miles, is being rolled out in the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
At present, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs, including battery electric vehicles) account for only a fraction – around 1.8 per cent – of new light commercial van sales in the UK, but a number of factors are accelerating demand for practical alternatives to vans with conventional internal combustion engines.
Low and zero emission zones are coming into force to reduce local pollution and improve air quality in urban centres, at the same time as rapid growth in ecommerce is generating more day-to-day delivery traffic.
Meanwhile the opening of Volvo's first dedicated fuel cell test lab in Volvo Group, marks a significant milestone in the manufacturer’s ambition to be fossil-free by 2040.
Fuel cells work by combining hydrogen with oxygen, with the resulting chemical reaction producing electricity. The process is completely emission-free, with water vapour being the only by-product.
Toni Hagelberg, Head of Sustainable Power at Volvo CE, says fuel cell technology is a key enabler of sustainable solutions for heavier construction machines, and this investment provides another vital tool in its work to reach targets.
"The lab will also serve Volvo Group globally, as it’s the first to offer this kind of advanced testing," he said.
The Fuel Cell Test Lab is a demonstration of the same dedication to hydrogen fuel cell technology, as the recent launch of cell centric, a joint venture by Volvo Group and Daimler Truck to accelerate the development, production and commercialization of fuel cell solutions within long-haul trucking and beyond. Both form a key part of the Group’s overall ambition to be 100% fossil free by 2040.