Germany’s Tesvolt has targeted the UK’s growing C&I battery storage market with the hire of ex-Saft and Leclanché man Lawrie Wilson.

Wilson has been appointed as area manager for the UK and Ireland, and will be tasked with boosting sales in the region as C&I storage begins to take off.

He has worked on the market entries for the battery storage divisions of Saft and Leclanché previously, before becoming the battery expert within Ricardo’s motor vehicle team.

Michael Geib, VP of sales at Tesvolt, said the company was seeing “enormous growth” in the UK and Irish markets.

Tesvolt produces battery storage systems using lithium cells from Samsung SDI, and sees particular potential in the UK and Irish markets given storage’s “increasingly important role” in supporting energy efficiency and independence.  

And there have been numerous signs that the C&I market is reciprocating that interest. Earlier this month the most recent edition of the EEVS Insight report found that battery storage applications were under consideration by 10% of C&I enterprises surveyed, and February’s Energy Storage Summit, organised by Solar Power Portal publisher Solar Media, concluded that the C&I market was one to watch in 2018.