Sterling PlanB Energy Solutions is focussed on helping industry lower or eliminate dependence on fossil fuels.
Led by a seasoned team of industry experts, PlanB has created the safest and most robust energy storage system ever conceived. Our team has been involved in the industry since 2009 and is responsible for many industry firsts.
No team has more experience than Sterling PlanB
The world is undergoing a period of significant change unlike anything in human history. All of us must work together to reduce fossil fuel emissions.
We believe that our team is uniquely able to help – beyond our actions as individuals. We provide industry the ability to operate cleanly and efficiently and make positive impacts. A legacy of positive contribution is what motivates us to keep going.
The old ways are broken; it is time for Plan B
In operations since 1865, the Shapoorji Pallonji Group of Companies has grown to become a large and effective business conglomerate. Over time, it has evolved and grown exponentially into multiple business segments with over 60,000 employees operating in more than 20 sectors.
As partners in Sterling and Wilson, they have become the largest solar Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) company in the world. They have achieved this in a very short period of time, only 8 years ago the company was mainly focussed on mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering in India.
Sterling and Wilson now has global operations of diesel generation sets, gas power plants, waste to energy, turnkey data centers, and power transmission. In 2019, Sterling and Wilson executed a successful IPO of their solar EPC business.
The deep history, financial strength, excellent track record of successful IPO and logistical support of Sterling and Wilson and Shapoorji Pallonji will help PlanB become the leader in marine energy storage systems, with an eye toward future growth in grid connected energy storage.
Brent PerryChief Executive Officer
Brent Perry is a leader in energy solutions for the commercial marine and industrial sectors. Brent has personally been involved in most of the hybrid and electric ferry projects on the water today. A thought leader for the industries he works in, Brent speaks at numerous climate and energy conferences including: United Nations COP21, ENOVA, and ZERO.
Paul Hughes has extensive expertise within the renewable energy, alternative fuels and biochemical sector. His career includes senior management roles in both start-ups and established energy companies. Paul has co-founded energy companies in Europe and North America, has led an energy company from start-up through to IPO.
Sandeep SharmaChief Financial Officer
Sandeep brings with him extensive global experience in Finance & Accounting and has conducted business on 6 continents and in more than 30 countries. Over the last 20 years he has worked for leading listed corporations in India in senior positions. Mr. Sharma has wide ranging experience in cross border acquisitions and fundraising.
Nanda KishoreChief Supply Chain Officer
Nanda Kishore is a Supply Chain and Operations leader with 27 years of experience, including senior roles at Mitsubishi JV in India, Tata Consultancy Services and Rolls Royce Power systems. His background is in lean manufacturing, quality management and end to end supply chain management. Nanda works to the principles of Six Sigma with additional qualifications in APM, CPM and is a Certified Lead Auditor for ISO 9000 (DNV GL).
Ian RobinsonDirector of Engineering
Ian is a Chartered Naval Architect with widespread design, shipyard, operational and management experience. During the last 33 years he has provided technical expertise as both a ship owner, operator, designer and consultant. Recently Ian has focused on ship efficiency and green technologies for commercial vessels, and brings a wide maritime knowledge to PlanB’s business.
Brian GrisonGlobal Service Manager
Brian Grison has spent his entire working life in the marine industry – specializing in Marine Technology and Marine Design Management. He has commissioned and serviced the energy storage components of a wide range of hybrid installations including ferries, port cranes and tugboats.
Eirikur GunnarssonService Manager Europe
Eirikur Gunnarsson leads the service and support for marine energy storage installations. He brings decades of experience in marine electrical power systems. In his previous positions, Eirikur worked with shipboard electrical power systems of all sizes and has extensive industry experience installing and servicing lithium-ion energy storage for commercial marine vessels.
Silvie VotrubovaDirector, Marketing
Silvie Votrubova is a marketing professional with a demonstrated 10+ year history working in the clean technology sector. On a decarbonisation mission, Silvie utilises her experience in digital and content marketing to promote and educate the world on hybrid and electric solutions focussing chiefly on B2B digital marketing, content creation, partner marketing, and brand development.
Jens-Christian StrateHead of Solutions, Europe
Jens-Christian Strate is a marine engineer with more than 20 years of experience. His career includes sales roles at Danfoss Drives and Emerson Automation Solutions, with a wide range of experience from engines and generators to frequency drives, battery and hybrid systems, and charging systems. As a solutions leader Jens specialises in sales, go-to-market strategy and execution, and partner relations.
Edward CarneyVice President Business Development
Ed Carney has spent the last 30 years as a marine industry professional with a strong sailing and technical background. He is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) as a marine engineer and has most recently worked as head of technical operations for a cruise line as well as Business Development Manager with ABB Marine.
Espen KristiansenVice President Business Development
Espen Kristiansen brings decades of experience in the ferry industry and has worked with some of the largest hybrid and electric vessels ever produced. Previously, as VP of Procurement with Scandlines Danmark A/S, his work includes four large ferries on the Rødby-Putgarden route, including the world’s largest electric ferries.
Sven Thy ChristensenVice President Business Development
Sven brings comprehensive experience with business development in the global maritime and energy sectors focused on efficiency, clean fuels and sustainable solutions. His work includes senior management positions for leading diesel engine designers, ship designers and EPC power-plant developers. Sven has participated in several start-ups for circular economy including Green Ship of the Future.
Ambarish GhoshVice President Business Development
Ambarish Ghosh graduated from Marine Engineering College, Kolkata in 1994 and then began a career in the maritime industry. With 16 years of sailing experience in VLCCs ( Very large oil tankers) and later in offshore Oil and Gas. In 2010 he moved on to WARTSILA as Senior Key Account Manager in Service Sales India and then elevated to Sales Manager South Asia. He moved on to Sterling and Wilson in 2017 and then lead the SW entrance into marine.
Andrea MoffatSenior Project Manager
Andrea Moffat is a Senior Project Manager with over 25 years’ experience across telecommunications, construction and aviation in the UK. Her exposure to a range of industries has given her a deep understanding of project management and business operations. Andrea holds the APM, Prince2 and Lean Six Sigma project management qualifications.
Aimee AmezquetaSenior Project Manager
Aimée has decades of experience with fleet strategy, operation, sales & purchase of vessels. focussing on ship efficiency and green technologies. She was manager of feeder new-build projects and worked with certification such as Lloyds register. Aimée holds a M.Sc. Eng. in Maritime Transport and Administration and is an ISO auditor by Lloyds Register.