GE Power says its Reservoir platform offers customized solutions for better integration of renewables, enhance grid operations and enable more distributed local generation. Robert Morgan, the new CEO of the storage unit, will have to grow this business segment. (Photo Credit: GE Power)
- GE Power has hired Robert Morgan to lead its energy storage unit
- Morgan will focus on growing and expanding GE Power's new Reservoir Energy Storage Platform
- Morgan is a founder of Agile Energy and CSO at RES Americas
Global technology company General Electric (GE) has appointed Robert Morgan CEO of GE Power’s energy storage unit. Morgan will look after the company’s recently launched Reservoir Energy Storage Platform, which was launched in March 2018. GE Power says this platform delivers customized storage solutions, helps increase integration of renewables, enhance grid operations, bring down energy costs and enable more distributed local generation.
The 1.2 MW Reservoir product is said to condense 4 MWh and 10 years of energy storage into a 20 foot box. It can be used for AC or DC coupled systems. The company has ‘bid over several hundred megawatt-hours of Reservoirs with significantly more bids coming in’.
Morgan was founder of US project developer and consulting firm Agile Energy. Until Dec. 2016, he worked as CSO for US IPP RES Americas, where he led all new commercial activities in the US, Canada and Chile, encompassing sales & marketing for utility-scale and distributed storage, wind, solar and transmission solutions.
In his new role, he will have the responsibility to grow and expand GE’s new platform, among others. “With Rob, thanks to his domain expertise, we have a leader who can truly hit the ground running in helping us expand the Reservoir and to identify and develop other new innovative products and solutions that customers will need to meet future energy needs,” said Eric Gebhardt, vice president and strategic technology officer of GE Power.
On his LInkedIn profile, Morgan writes about his new company, “Capitalizing on the emerging trends of De-Carbonization, De-Centralization and Digitalization, GE Energy Storage is deploying flexible, modular energy storage solutions to unlock value across the electricity network. In some case, the value will be increased integration of renewable electricity into the supply mix; in others it will be reliability and resilience for local distribution networks. In all cases, it will bring the power of a premier, customer-focused organization to help people access clean, reliable electricity.”