Member Feature: Clarke Energy benefits from depth and breadth of industry experts through M-WERC

Clarke Energy is an award-winning multi-national specialist in the engineering, installation and maintenance of engine-based power plants. Clarke Energy’s offering includes both gas and diesel-fueled technology. With its U.S. headquarters in Waukesha, Wis., Clarke Energy was acquired by the Kohler Company in February 2017. It is the largest authorized distributor and service provider for GE’s reciprocating engine business.

Last summer, Clarke Energy became one of the nearly 100 M-WERC members. “M-WERC membership has provided several excellent opportunities to present and showcase Clarke Energy’s track record and expertise in the Distributed Energy Resources industry,” said Chris Hayton, Sales & Business Development Director at Clarke Energy.

Clarke Energy provides added value to the customer by acting as single point of contact from initial sale, engineering, project management, installation through to commissioning and long-term maintenance of your generation assets. Clarke Energy has significant experience in a wide range of different gaseous fuel applications including natural gas, biogas, landfill, furnace and coal gases.

Clarke Energy started trading in 1989, providing spare parts world-wide to users of marine, industrial and locomotive diesel engines. The company at that time was based in Aintree near Liverpool and was led by Jim Clarke. By 1992, the company had grown to 40 people and had an increasing turnover.

Hayton is one of the new co-chairs for M-WERC’s Distributed Energy/Energy Storage working group. Formed to expand and focus market and industry development efforts, this working group brings together M-WERC members and partners in the interrelated fields of Distributed Energy Resources and Systems, Energy Storage Systems and Microgrids to proactively advance market and industry analysis on technologies and projects within these fields.

As we highlighted in a blog recently, this working group is primed to leverage continued expertise around a new set of goals including the creation of a techno-economic analysis of the previous energy storage industry roadmap. The DE/ES group is also poised to take a deeper dive of distributed energy, energy storage and microgrid systems by developing new case studies of member projects which can then be used by members looking to implement these technologies in future projects. 

Working groups are just one of many benefits M-WERC members enjoy. M-WERC members have many networking opportunities throughout the year with many of the near 100 organizations participating in M-WERC events, working groups, road mapping efforts, and other networking activities – all intended to grow the energy and engineering community in the Midwest.

“We respect the depth and breadth of industry experts and professionals within M-WERC which we have access to through various technical and networking events and focus groups,” Hayton said. “We really have made several solid connects/relationships that have enhanced the business.”

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