Dr Howard Lovatt, a research collaborator with Energy Renaissance and head of CSIRO’s Electrical Machines team, has left the scientific organisation to join the Tomago-based lithium ion battery business as CTO.
Lovatt (pictured) had been at CSIRO for three decades, and a researcher on projects including electric and hybrid vehicles, solar car racing, and battery and supercapacitor management systems.
“After more than two years working in collaboration with Howard, Energy Renaissance is delighted to now welcome him on board as our Chief Technology Officer. His track record in solving complex problems and commercialising new products and solutions for manufacturing and clean energy will fast track our ability to bring new lithium battery technologies to the market,” said ER’s Managing Director Mark Chilcote.
“Howard’s background in clean energy will allow us to identify emerging battery cell chemistries and new technologies that will help Energy Renaissance achieve our ambitions to be a global player in the lithium battery technology industry faster.”
Lovatt will lead development of the company’s technology roadmap and R&D, as well as guide development of the Renaissance One battery factory (scheduled for completion in May) and the planned Renaissance Two cell factory.
The first factory is a $28 million, 4,000 square metre facility with a planned initial capacity of 66MWh per annum.
Energy Renaissance is a developer of batteries optimised for safe operation in hot climates.
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