The landscape of the clean energy sector is changing drastically, and it has never been more important to keep up with the times.
The Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018 report, published on April 5th by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, finds that falling costs for solar electricity, and to some extent wind power, is continuing to drive deployment. Last year was the eighth in a row in which global investment in renewables exceeded $200 billion – and since 2004, the world has invested $2.9 trillion in these green energy sources. Overall, China was by far the world’s largest investing country in renewables, at a record $126.6 billion, up 31 per cent on 2016.
The energy storage market is also being swept by a wave of disruptive technologies and business models with companies looking to capitalize on this lucrative sector. Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Global Energy Storage Market Outlook, 2018, finds that the total installed capacity will grow 15.9 percent between 2017 and 2018, and the top six countries (China, US, South Africa, Chile, France, and Israel) will complete installation of 1,369 MW of grid-scale ESS projects in 2018.
On top of this we are seeing exponential growth in eMobility, sector, from EV Charging infrastructure to Mobility as a Service offerings. This is a significant sector for Hyperion Executive Search.
These findings tell tells us two things: Firstly, that the future is bright for clean energy, with an unprecedented amount of investment creating a wealth of worldwide opportunity. Secondly, they tell us that energy-smart technologies such as energy storage, eMobility, renewables and clean tech are a rapidly expanding areas of the industry, and one that’s becoming more and more crucial to the global shift towards renewables.
With this in mind, we have recently been focusing on expanding our expertise and network within the energy storage, e-mobility and clean tech sub-sectors. This, however, does not come at the expense of our proficiency within the solar PV sub-sector, which saw a significant increase in investment globally last year, proving that it continues to become even more of a key focus for the industry.
As countries all over the world switch on to renewable energy, we’re working more and more with new regions and booming new markets. From Germany to South-East Asia, we’re identifying the right people and putting them in the roles where they can thrive.
We’re staying firmly at the forefront of the industry, and it is our mission to give you the right talent so that you can too.
We operate across a number of clean energy sub-sectors including:
Energy storage is commonly held to be the great game-changer for renewables. Firstly, to address intermittency issues with solar PV and wind generation, but also energy storage could provide a host of benefits from domestic to utility scale. From householders using daytime produced solar energy at night, to utility scale services such as peak shaving, arbitrage, electric supply reserve capacity, frequency regulation, grid asset optimization, load following, spinning reserve, T&D upgrade deferral and Voltage Support. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Global Energy Storage Forecast, about 45GW and 81GWh of storage could be installed by 2024, representing an investment of USD$44bn.
In this nascent industry Hyperion recruit across the full range of energy storage technologies and scales including utility, commercial and industrial, residential and e-mobility.
E-mobility is one of the fastest growing sectors in the cleantech arena. In short e-mobility is a general term for the development of electric-powered drivetrains designed to shift vehicle design away from the use of fossil fuels and polluting emissions. This includes bikes, buses and boats as much as it includes cars, vans and trucks. Indeed we are seeing developments in electric air travel too. The e-mobility industry is driven by urbanisation, improving battery technology, national e-mobility plans, and city energy policy related to air-pollution.
According to a recent report from Navigant Research, global e-mobility device revenue is expected to grow from $25.6 billion in 2016 to $62.2 billion by 2025. Our clients operate across the supply chain, from vehicles, to batteries and components to EV charging infrastructure.
Solar photovoltaics have come to dominate the clean energy sector, with rapidly falling costs, speed to deploy and innovative funding models means solar PV is becoming increasingly popular. By the end of the decade, solar PV is expected to be cost competitive with retail electricity prices without subsidies in a significant portion of the world. Internationally renowned research company Navigant forecasts that annual revenue from solar PV installations will surpass $134 billion by 2020. Hyperion recruit across the solar PV installation and manufacturing supply-chain.
Wind power is effectively competing against fossil fuel generation in power markets & for procurement contracts across the world, building new industries, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and leading the way towards a renewable energy future – it is clear that it has now outgrown it’s ‘alternative’ label.
Thanks to years of heavy investment in new & more efficient technology and a major trend of voluntary corporate commitment to renewable energy, the economics of wind energy could soon make it the world’s most affordable energy source. This is reflected by the sheer size of investment in the sector; according to Bloomberg’s 2017 Energy Finance report, $3.3 trillion will be invested in new wind power generation capacity to 2040. (new para) Hyperion supports a diverse portfolio of international clients that design, construct, develop and operate Wind Energy projects.
Clean tech is a term that covers a multitude of technologies, innovations and developments, in a range of sectors, including all of our other sector groups. At Hyperion our clean tech knowledge comes from work with clients in fuel cells, hydrogen transport and waste to energy. We continue to explore new markets and product developments where we can support start-ups and new innovation with talent and management to successfully develop clean tech.
Specific disciplines that we recruit for include:
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