The ETI has appointed Simon Hyams to a newly created post of Business Development Director for its Smart Systems and Heat technology programme.
The ETI programme aims to design and test the first Smart Energy System in the UK and is looking at an integrated system of energy use, focusing on heat.
Simon will be responsible for the successful business development and delivery of the programme, including the selection of the demonstration location required to validate the design of a system which effectively and efficiently delivers heat to UK consumers. He will report to Dr Grant Bourhill who recently took up the role of Director, Smart Systems and Heat.
Simon, who will be based in the company’s soon to be opened new Birmingham office, joins the ETI from Galliford Try, where he held a number of senior operational and business development director roles for its sustainability and renewable energy investments and infrastructure arm. Simon has extensive commercial and engineering experience in the UK and abroad, and has led a number of innovative, complex, and multi-stakeholder engineering projects.
Founded in 2007, the ETI is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – (BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell) – and the UK Government. Its role is to bring together engineering projects that accelerate the development of affordable, secure and sustainable technologies that helps the UK address its long term emissions reductions targets as well as delivering nearer term benefits. To date it has invested £198 million across 43 projects in a portfolio of nine technology programme areas. Hitachi Group has joined as an Associate Member of the ETI to bring its expertise in systems design, integration and execution to the five-year programme alongside ETI’s existing members.
Commenting on his appointment, Simon Hyams, Business Development Director, Smart Systems and Heat said: “I am pleased to be joining the ETI to work on this exciting new technology programme. The demand for heat in the future has to be understood and we have to find better ways of distributing it around our cities and around the country in an affordable, secure and sustainable manner. This programme will help us identify commercially-viable pathways to do just that.”
Dr Grant Bourhill, Director, Smart Systems and Heat, added: “I am delighted to welcome Simon to the ETI. His previous experience in delivering large, commercial engineering projects will be of real benefit to us as we design and subsequently deploy a large scale system demonstration.”
The ETI’s national energy modelling identifies more efficient use of energy as an immediate development priority for the UK. Previous work in the area of smart systems technology has been supply side driven and focused on electricity for power. The ETI programme is focused on addressing demand management and reduction, especially for heat. It will have both a UK and Global impact and will first develop greater understanding of consumer behaviour and then develop technologies to address mass market demand for heat in an economically viable manner for producers, suppliers and consumers.