HYBRID power solutions company, Carbon neutral Energy (CNE), has appointed Callum Bruce as its first non-executive director to help build the business, following the announcement that it is to embark on a major fundraising exercise.
Mr Bruce joins the CNE board with 35 years in the marine and shipping industries having previously been chief executive of North Star Shipping for more than 20 years.
He will work with the executive team to ensure the business is well-positioned to exploit the opportunity its modular, mobile energy storage systems present to increase green electrification and reduce carbon emissions, accelerating the UK’s net-zero ambition while creating and supporting hundreds of green energy jobs.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Bruce, said: “Being able to move to green power without the major CAPEX involved in costly infrastructure is of major interest to the shipping and marine sectors and I’m relishing the opportunity to work alongside Mark and the team to pursue the opportunities in this sector.”
Aberdeen-headquartered CNE is aiming to raise £300million and create 200 jobs in the next five years in a bid to further develop and roll-out its products.
It was formed in early 2020 by energy industry veteran Mark Patterson and his two sons Harry and Philip,
Mark Patterson, CNE chairman and interim chief executive, said: “Our energy storage systems can also replace high polluting diesel generators with green, electric power which will be particularly appealing to ports and vessel owners.
“Callum’s extensive contacts in and knowledge of shipping and marine will be invaluable as we look to tap into this market. We’re thrilled that he’s joining the team and looking forward to working with him to grow the business.”