International renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has recently appointed Graham Gow as Head of Operational Systems.
Since its foundations, Natural Power has succeeded in growing its offerings strategically to become a leading ‘360-degree’ renewable energy consultancy and products provider, across the onshore wind, offshore wind, wave, tidal and biomass sectors. The company now operates in 11 offices across three continents and employs over 270 renewable energy experts.
Specifically in the area of Asset Management Natural Power have established a world class set of integrated services, including WindCentre, the industry’s first 24/7 independent operational wind farm control room, ForeSite, our proven wind farm output forecasting system, and WindManager, an integrated system for wind farm and portfolio management. The company presently provides a range of Asset Management services to 23%* of the UK’s installed onshore wind capacity.
Graham brings a wealth of industry experience to Natural Power, having worked in wind energy with GL-Garrad Hassan for almost two decades. Graham initially worked on machine and blade design, and fatigue lifetime analysis before moving into a more strategic role, carrying out small and large scale resource assessments and cost/resource analyses for the integration of various renewable energy technologies. Graham brings specific experience to his new role having been previously involved in the development of wind power forecasting services, and wind farm SCADA and operational performance data analysis solutions.
Graham’s new role will see him taking responsibility for the delivery and integration of software development activities throughout Natural Power. Neil Douglas, Director of Asset Management comments:”We are delighted to welcome Graham on board at Natural Power. His technical expertise, commercial experience and reputation within the industry will be invaluable as we continue to develop innovative services and products for the benefit of our international client base”
Commenting on his recent appointment, Graham added: “I am extremely excited at this opportunity. Natural Power’s ‘hands-on’ experience throughout the lifetime of projects – particularly in Operations and Asset Management – makes them unique in our industry. The challenge for me is to work with colleagues across the business and ensure our tools and systems continue to develop in line with ambitious growth plans. My job is to foster innovation and increase efficiency, and so keep Natural Power at the forefront of service provision in our industry.”
*August 2012 - Natural Power ongoing services on 1620.46MW of 6858MW installed onshore capacity, souce: RenewableUK website