AqualisBraemar LOC Group (ABL Group) onshore renewables’ team continues to expand, with the addition of Snr Consultant and Energy Storage Lead, Aimee Besant – an experienced electrical engineer with a track-record in Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) projects.
Energy storage – technology for capturing energy produced at one time for its later use – is key to unlocking the challenge of renewable generation variability. BNEF (Bloomberg New Energy Finance) predicts that there will be over 350GW / 1TWh of energy storage by 2030. The addition of Besant to the ABL team demonstrates the group’s commitment to supporting this growing segment of the renewable energy sector.
An experienced independent engineer, Besant joins ABL Group following her position as Snr Energy Storage Consultant at RINA. Her portfolio in supporting the BESS industry includes technical due diligence on projects of 273 MW of capacity as well as owner’s engineering on projects totaling 55 MW of capacity. Besant’s distinguished BESS track-record also includes technical support on several R&D projects funded by EU Horizon 2020.
“Aimee is a very welcome and exciting addition to our onshore renewables’ family. Her exceptional experience in this industry will help boost our growing activity in the rapidly expanding utility-scale energy storage sector. Growth of BESS is critical in our race to net-zero, to unlock more renewables and provide stability to electricity networks.”Richard Abrams, Director of ABL Onshore Renewables
Besant’s work in renewable energy also spans other global markets, including market entry support for wind projects in Taiwan and energy storage projects in Croatia and Malawi. With Aimee’s contribution, ABL Group hopes to significantly develop its technical offering in energy storage to support investment decisions and infrastructure development across a wider global footprint, including important emerging markets such as Africa and Middle East.
“As the world continues to decarbonise, there are huge benefits to be derived from BESS across any market developing electrical and renewable energy infrastructure. As we become increasingly dependent upon the grid with increasing electrification, decarbonisation, more renewables and electric vehicles, balancing the supply and demand of electricity will be critical. Stand alone BESS as well as integration of BESS into solar PV and wind enables clean energy to be stored, improves the efficiency of renewable energy technology, lowers dependence on fossil fuels, and defers network upgrades, improving system costs in the long-run.”Aimee Besant, Snr Consultant and Energy Storage Lead, ABL Onshore Renewables
ABL onshore renewables supports projects in wind, solar and energy storage with a range of services including independent engineering, owner’s engineering, yield assessment and modelling, as well as strategic and regulatory advisory. Besant’s appointment follows the recent addition to the team of ABL’s first Global Head of Onshore Wind – Oliver Davies.