Meet the Team: Harrison Brook, Commercial Strategy Manager
Welcome to our new blog series highlighting the amazing team behind Moixa. A huge thank you to Harrison Brook, our Commercial Strategy Manager, who graciously took the plunge as our first interviewee.
Harrison Brook, Commercial Strategy Manager
Harrison has been at Moixa for just over a year working across the Business Development and Strategy teams. He is responsible for advising senior management on key market activity, and providing critical insight to shape the organisation’s wider strategy. Prior to joining Moixa, Harrison worked as a Consultant for Gemserv, operating in the energy and data markets. He has over 5 years’ experience delivering projects in the energy, IoT and environmental markets for both the public and private sectors. He also holds a master’s degree in Energy and Environmental studies from Lancaster University.
Harrison took some time out of his day to talk about Moixa, his role and the energy industry.
How did you initially hear about Moixa?
I was working in the energy industry and I had heard rumours about an innovative, smart energy company called Moixa, but I didn’t know many details. Then, out of the blue, a recruiter got in touch with me about a job opportunity and I jumped at the chance to learn more.
What made you want to work here?
There were three main reasons why I felt like Moixa would be a great next step in my career. Firstly, it was a rare opportunity to be part of a dynamic team that was at the heart of the smart energy sector. Secondly, I wanted to work somewhere that promoted the decarbonisation of energy systems. And finally, the product that Moixa was developing was truly unique. The concept of managing batteries to help support grid decarbonisation was fascinating, and a service that I believed had huge potential for global markets.
Did you make an active decision to work in renewable energy or was it an industry that you fell into?
It was an active decision to work in the industry. I studied geography at university which opened the door to renewables and particularly solar. When I graduated, I decided to pursue a masters in energy and environment, to learn the ins and outs of the sector and gather knowledge about how to apply it in a commercial environment.
Walk us through your typical work day..
It is difficult to describe a typical day but normally it is a combination of building and maintaining client relationships, writing proposals, competitor analysis, looking at commercial risks and then digesting that information to influence the wider company strategy.
What has been your biggest highlight since joining the company?
I have two, the first being part of a team that worked flat out to secure Moixa’s largest ever contract as part of a consortium for a huge smart energy system. The second being working with a range of international partners & clients, it has been truly fascinating to learn about different global energy markets and how energy storage can fit into their respective systems.
What are you most excited about for the future of Moixa?
The more conversations that I have in the industry, the more excited I become for the potential of Moixa’s solution. Our technology will play a key role in supporting renewable penetration, EV adoption and in providing grid-edge flexibility. Moixa is becoming a one-stop-shop for smart energy, helping the market adapt to rapid transformational change.
I genuinely enjoy coming to the office in the morning, as the work I am doing has a direct impact on helping the UK transition to a smarter, low carbon energy system.
How would you describe our company culture?
The culture is very start-up-esque! The operative word being inclusivity: we have a team atmosphere whereby we win together and lose together.
If you had a magic wand and you could change one thing in the energy industry, what would it be?
Good question, I think I would magic more industry mechanisms that fully support smart grid services so that we can create more innovative business models.
The Feed-in-Tariff closed to new customers at the beginning of April, what are your thought about this?
Out with the old and in with the new! While it is disappointing that the Feed-in-Tariff is ending, there is light at the end of the tunnel with the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). It is exciting to see that some companies have already come out with their offerings to customers for exporting their solar electricity. I’m hoping that SEG really opens doors to create a competitive market, where suppliers buy from micro-generators with dynamic pricing in line with wholesale market costs.
And final question, what steps are you personally taking to reduce your environmental impact?
Two things spring to mind really, I have a renewable energy tariff at home, and I cycle to work.
A huge thank you to Harrison for taking the time to talk to me and give me a small insight into his role! If you would like to learn more about our projects, Smart Battery hardware or GridShare Software then please visit our website www.moixa.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also connect to Harrison on LinkedIn here.