Energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power has announced the appointment of Calum McConnell as Managing Director of the company’s wholly-owned German subsidiary, ITM Power GmbH.

McConnell, who will take over in December (2016), replaces Phil Doran who the company described as having achieved ‘some great early successes’ for ITM Power in the German market.

The market for energy storage within Germany is fast-growing and ITM Power is well placed to gain further traction having deployed three Power-to-Gas units in Germany to date, as well as having secured an order for a fourth 1MW unit in March 2016.

The market is therefore seen as key for the company, and McConnell brings experience of growing business within the renewable market segments of wind, hydro and ocean wave and tidal power, as well as in the battery energy storage market, and the German utilities business, having worked at industrial giant Parker Hannifin for the last 19 years in a number of roles.

Dr. Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, said of the appointment, “This is a key appointment for ITM Power to develop a key market for our products and we’re excited about working with Calum and developing our business further.”

“I would also like to thank Phil Doran, our outgoing German MD, for his four years heading up ITM Power GmbH. Phil has been instrumental in developing our initial business there and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Doran will be relocating to Scotland where he will continue to provide his services, working with ITM Power’s existing Business Development Head, Dr. Kris Hyde.

Calum McConnell

Source: ITM Power

McConnell himself (pictured) added, “I´m delighted to be joining ITM Power and taking over from Phil in Germany. Phil and I have been in regular contact over the last few years and I admire his and ITM Power´s drive and focus. The power-to-gas market provides a viable solution to a number of challenges faced by the decentralised energy sector as it grows, and I´m excited to join a company shaping this future market.”

“As I transition into the new role, I´m looking forward to supporting the existing projects, meeting the customers, and growing the company´s business in Germany.”