Simply Blue Energy appoints Chief Development Officer

In: Windfarms
Floating offshore wind developer Simply Blue Energy is growing its team. Kevin Banister is joining the company in September as Chief Development Officer (International) to set up its international team and to identify and originate new project opportunities.

Banister, who worked for leading floating wind technology provider Principle Power for almost 10 years, from his home base in Oregon, will be developing new floating wind projects in Europe, the Americas and Asia for SBE. The company's strategy is to initiate projects and prepare the ground for partnership with the larger entities that look to own and operate floating offshore wind assets long term.

A recent example of this approach is the creation of the Blue Gem Wind joint venture with Total New Energies in March 2020. Blue Gem Wind is now actively developing floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea.

Kevin Banister said: “I am delighted to be joining Simply Blue Energy after an exciting and fulfilling career at Principle Power. With floating wind now entering the mainstream, my heart is in project development, working with local partners to create value and economic opportunity, while being at the frontline in the global fight against climate change. I feel that I can best deliver these values by joining SBE, a leader in innovative offshore wind project development.”

Sam Roch-Perks, MD of Simply Blue Energy, said: “As the Carbon Trust predicts a 70GW market for floating wind by 2040, we will continue to do what we have done to date – be there as the frontier advances. We have known Kevin for a number of years and I have great pleasure in welcoming him to the team”.

Having been in charge of business and project development for Principle Power, Mr. Banister was responsible for establishing the pipeline of projects to feature the WindFloat floating wind technology. This includes projects that are now under development, in various stages of maturity, in the US, Europe and Asia. He will bring this experience and his international network to Simply Blue Energy as it expands from its base in Ireland and the UK.

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