26th February 2013
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has appointed Tim German to a newly created post of Partnership Development Manager for its Smart Systems and Heat technology programme. The ETI programme, which has a projected budget of £100m, 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.
Tim will be responsible for creating and developing partnerships with a range of local authorities, and helping with the final 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 Simon Hyams who recently took up the role of Business Development Director, Smart Systems and Heat
Tim, who will be based in the company’s soon to be opened new Birmingham office, joins the ETI after a number of years working in and with local authorities and public private partnerships, including multi-award winning work with Cornwall Council and the Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership. Tim has also been on a number of key UK and European industry panels in both the private and public sector.
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 £200 million across 48 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 programme alongside ETI’s existing members.
Commenting on his appointment, Tim German, ETI Partnership Development Manager, said: "I am pleased to be joining the ETI to work on this exciting new technology programme, to help develop an integrated system to distribute low carbon heat and provide energy services around our cities in a cost-effective and secure manner. This role is the first of its kind for the ETI, but will be essential to deliver the programme. I am looking forward to working with local authorities and their partners across the UK."
Simon Hyams, Business Development Director, Smart Systems and Heat added: "I am delighted to welcome Tim to the ETI. His previous experience working in and with local authorities will be essential in helping us to design and subsequently deploy efficient heat solutions."
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.