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Energy storage movers and shakers: Alevo, Trojan, Solarwatt, Eguana

Alevo appoints new CFO

Energy storage provider Alevo has appointed Peter Heintzelman as group CFO.

Heintzelman brings a wealth of international management and board level experience, having conducted strategic planning and successful financial management for major energy businesses around the world.

Heintzelman joins from T5 Oil & Gas, a privately-funded exploration and production firm, where his responsibilities as CFO included leading corporate and organic upstream transactions across Africa and the Middle East and maintaining a strong following in the financial markets. He brings over 25 years’ experience in the energy and energy investment banking sectors globally, with a background that includes Head of Energy roles with Standard Bank, and senior management positions at Halliburton and Enron.

“The battery storage market is poised to expand rapidly in 2017 and I am keen to be part of that process,” explained Heintzelman. “Alevo’s GridBank advanced battery technology and the high performance computing and analytics capabilities provided by Alevo Analytics are key differentiators for the company. It is clearly a successful and expanding business and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Industry veteran John Getty joins Trojan Battery as vice president of operations

Energy storage movers and shakers: Alevo, Trojan, Solarwatt, Eguana

John Getty, senior vice president of operations, Trojan Battery. Source: Trojan Battery.

John Getty, former Eaton Corporation executive, will join Trojan Battery as its new senior vice president of operations, leading manufacturing for the energy storage company.

In addition, Getty is responsible for environmental and health services and lean manufacturing initiatives for Trojan’s US-based production facilities where its deep-cycle batteries are made.

“John’s expertise in manufacturing excellence uniquely qualifies him for this critical position and will play a key role in Trojan’s market and product development expansion strategies,” said John Beering, chief operating officer (COO) at Trojan.

“To support Trojan’s large-scale growth agenda, the company has focused its efforts on adding leaders to its executive team who possess deep operating backgrounds, a track record of leading change resulting in superior outcomes, successful implementation of lean manufacturing initiatives, and management success aligned with Trojan’s corporate values. John will be a key asset to our executive team and corporate vision.”

Chief technologist changes from Viessmann to Solarwatt

Former Viessmann executive Walter Bornscheuer has joined German module and storage manufacturer Solarwatt after ten years at the international heating systems manufacturer.

Bornscheuer is the new head of Solarwatt’s product management team and will direct product development and help transition the Dresden, Germany-based firm into new markets. He brings more than 30 years’ experience in energy engineering to the role.

"Bornscheuer impressively demonstrated that he can create highly efficient structures for product development,” said Solarwatt CEO Detlef Neuhaus of the new acquisition. 

Eguana names new interim CFO

Power controls manufacturer Eguana Technologies has named Greg Pollard as interim CFO. Pollard, a Chartered Accountant, has in excess of 30 years’ experience in the energy and accounting sectors, including over 20 years with major international accounting firms, including most recently Ernst & Young. He has also served as CFO of Connacher Oil and Gas Limited.

“With our expanding partner base and key activities in international markets Eguana is executing the transition to becoming a global player in the energy storage sector,” said Justin Holland, CEO, Eguana. “Greg brings a wealth of experience to the senior team and in addition to his leadership qualities has expertise in regulatory disclosure and corporate governance which will help guide Eguana as we execute our 2017 strategic plan.”