FROM: LDES Council
Long Duration Energy Storage Council Announces Inaugural Board
Global organization driving rapid decarbonization through accelerated deployment of Long Duration Energy Storage technologies
April 28, 2022 – BRUSSELS – The Long Duration Energy Storage Council (“The Council”) announced today the organization’s first elected Board of Directors. This development coincides with its incorporation in Brussels, Belgium and the release last year of its seminal report on the necessity of storage technologies providing intra- and inter-day flexibility to manage a net-zero power system.
The Council launched in late 2021 at COP26 to provide governments, grid operators, utilities and large energy users with information, financial models, and regulatory frameworks with the aim of enabling the global deployment of long duration energy storage (LDES). The Board of Directors will set the long-term vision for the Council, determine research priorities, and steer its strategy.
The Directors were nominated by the Council’s membership, which is comprised of executives of LDES technology providers, equipment providers, renewable energy companies, utilities, grid operators, investors and end-use customers. The approved slate represents the broad spectrum of experience in the field, the rich depth of knowledge present, and a well-rounded diverse set of backgrounds and technologies.
The new Board Members include:
• Michael Geyer of Malta (co-president)
• Frank Wouters of Reliance Industries Limited (co-president)
• Rune Sonne Bundgaard-Jørgensen of Ørsted
• Jim Cabot of Breakthrough Energy
• Eric Dresselhuys of ESS
• Nigel Jenvey of Baker Hughes
• Upma Koul of Sumitomo SHI FW
• Letizia Magaldi of Magaldi Green Energy
• Patrick McClughan of Corre Energy
• Steve Reynish of Enlighten Innovations
• Joe Zhou of Quidnet Energy
The Board of Directors will also weigh in on the selection process for the LDES Council’s Executive Director position, which is expected to be completed by May.
“I’m honored to be part of this impressive and well-represented group and surrounded by such incredible talent,” said Frank Wouters, Senior Vice President of Reliance Industries Limited. “This is a huge step forward not just for the Council but for our ability to advance the energy storage sector as a whole.”
“The world needs immediate and widespread deployment of long duration energy storage technologies if we are to reduce emissions at a scale that will limit global warming,” said Michael Geyer, Senior Technical Advisor for Malta “As a Board Member for the LDES Council, this will be my focus as we collectively drive these technologies forward and build our clean energy future together.”
Even prior to the election of Directors, Council Working Groups have undertaken a rigorous slate of activity, launching the Council five months ago and establishing working groups on 24/7 Clean PPAs (round-the-clock, firm, green power models), Net Zero Heat, Net Zero Mining, among others.
“Long duration energy storage is the lynchpin to both enable the widespread deployment of renewable energy and to ensure our essential modern grids can be reliable, resilient, and secure all-day, every day,” concluded Wouters.
About the LDES Council
The LDES Council is a global, executive-led non-profit membership organization, comprising technology providers, equipment providers, renewable energy companies, utilities, grid operators, investors, and end-consumers. It strives to accelerate decarbonization of the energy system at lowest cost to society by driving innovation, commercialization and deployment of long duration energy storage. The LDES Council provides fact-based guidance and information to governments, industry and broader society, drawing from the experience of its members which include leading energy companies, technology providers, investors and end-users.
Media Contact: media@LDESCouncil.com