Harmony appoints new CTO

25 September 2019

Harmony Energy has appointed Vijay Shinde as Chief Technical Officer.

With more than a decade of experience spanning wind, solar and battery storage technologies, Harmony is already one of the UK’s leading independent developers of battery storage plants in the UK, playing an integral part in the creation of a sustainable renewable energy system.

The appointment of Vijay Shinde, an energy storage expert who chairs two of the Renewable Energy Association’s (REA) core groups for policy and standards, brings new technical expertise as the company continues to grow its battery storage capabilities alongside wind and solar projects.

Vijay joins from engineering consultancy Sweco, where he led a grid services team offering technical and regulatory services to clients, advising on a portfolio of more than half a GW of energy storage projects in the UK. He has also worked in Consultant Engineer and Design Engineer roles over a career spanning 20 years in energy infrastructure.

An active participant in the development of energy storage policy, markets and standards, he currently chairs the REA’s UK Energy Storage and Large Scale Power & Markets groups and is a member of its Distributed Energy Resources Group. He is also a founder member of the Power Responsive Storage Working Group.

Peter Kavanagh, CEO of Harmony Energy, said: “This is an exciting time for Harmony Energy as we continue our growth and Vijay’s appointment comes as we bring forward a number of significant energy storage schemes, recognising its importance in unlocking the potential of renewable energy in the UK.

“Vijay’s technical expertise and undoubted standing within the energy storage industry will be instrumental in bringing schemes like these to completion and working with investors, landowners and policy-makers to support the UK’s clean energy targets.”

Vijay Shinde said: “I’m delighted to have joined a progressive, innovative organisation which is making real inroads across all technologies.

“Harmony has over 500MW of battery energy storage assets construction-ready with another 200MW in planning, representing a significant pipeline of development at a critical time for the UK’s energy supply. This is in addition to 14 operational wind sites and approximately 280MW of solar power assets currently in development.

“With the backing of major international investors and the technical expertise of my new colleagues, I am excited by the opportunities going forward.”

Battery

Battery energy storage systems (BESS) are the key to unlocking the full potential of intermittent renewable energy; the more renewable energy that is connected, the more important the ability to manage its intermittent nature becomes. Harmony have 42MW/84MWh BESS operating in the UK, with a future 326MW/652MWh in build.

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Solar

Harmony Energy is currently developing large solar PV farms, using our project expertise to support landowners throughout the development process.

In the UK Harmony is developing 200MWs of standalone solar projects and 500MWs of solar projects co-located with its battery projects

Solar PV is a proven, cost-effective technology and many countries around the world are turning to it to help meet their energy needs.

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Wind

Harmony Energy has built and operated 15 wind power sites in the UK, so we have a wealth of project and technical expertise to share with landowners.

Our wind business was backed by one of the world’s largest infrastructure investors - Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The majority of the portfolio was sold to Blackfinch Investments in 2019.

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