There are no silver bullets.
A portfolio of technology solutions will be required to meet the challenge of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and to reach beyond that to the prize of global energy abundance.
Linear Generators can produce on-demand clean power from renewable fuels, complementing battery electrification in transport and balancing intermittent renewables on the grid.
Our mission is to bring forward the widespread use of Linear Generators in transport and distributed power applications.
We live in a world in which renewable energy is already abundant, but this energy often arises at the wrong times, in the wrong places and in the wrong forms. The rising global demand for energy services including transport, heating, cooling, lighting and communications requires a proportion of renewable energy to be converted, transported and stored so that it is readily available, on demand, whenever and wherever it is needed. Alongside the rapid increase in renewable solar power, wind power and energy storage, there is an increasing and complementary role for renewable fuels including biofuels, green hydrogen and synthetic fuels that can be produced without fossil fuels.
The diverse, distributed and variable nature of these renewable fuels requires energy conversion technologies that are more flexible, more efficient, and cleaner than the engines used in transport and distributed power generation today.
Libertine was established in 2009 to create Linear Generator technology to meet this challenge. We have drawn on decades of experience in the automotive and motorsport industries, consumer product engineering and low cost manufacturing techniques. The result is a technology platform for the creation of Linear Generator products for use in a wide range of transport, distributed power generation, and energy storage applications. Libertine’s technology will help meet the global need for clean, reliable and affordable transport and electrical power wherever it is needed, transforming the lives of millions of people.
FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Sam was previously an independent management & technical consultant to the renewable energy industry & public sector. Sam was a member of the senior management team of Ensus, which he helped to develop from a project financed startup business in 2007 into one of Europe’s major bioethanol producers and successfully sold to CropEnergies in 2013. Sam has over 20 years’ experience in automotive engineering, consumer product development and strategy consulting. He is a chartered mechanical engineer and has an MBA from INSEAD.
Keith was founder and managing director of Pi Technology, an automotive control systems company whose engine controls are used on millions of vehicles around the world. Following the sale of the company to a major OEM he joined Rolls Royce Engines PLC where he worked as Chief Technology Officer in the electrical power and control systems group and later became the Chief Technology Officer at Meggitt PLC until May 2019. Keith is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a previous Rolls Royce Engineering Fellow and Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow. He is a Computer Science graduate from University College London.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Gareth joined Libertine in 2021 as Chief Financial Officer, following three years as Group Finance Director of Fintel plc, an AIM listed fintech & support services business. During his time at Fintel, Gareth led the Group’s finance functions and was an integral part of the team that took the business through its IPO process in April 2018. Gareth started his career at PwC, before joining Pace plc, the FTSE 250 Set Top Box manufacturer. He spent 5 years within the senior management team at Paceplc and supported its sale to a Nasdaq listed Group in 2016. He is a chartered accountant with the ICAEW.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Until 2015 Simon was Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Planning for Nissan’s operations in Europe and Russia, leading strategy development in Europe including the introduction of zero emission vehicles. Simon has over 25 years’ experience working in the global automotive industry across technical, financial and general management disciplines in the UK, Europe and Japan. Simon is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Warwick University with an MBA from Warwick Business School.
Steve joined Libertine in 2021 following three years as Managing Director of Nidec SR Drives Ltd, the European division of Nidec’s Drive Systems business. During his time at Nidec, Steve led the UK team and was an integral part of the team that took the business through its restructuring in September 2018. Steve’s career has included scientific roles with the British Antarctic Survey, product development with The Technology Partnership, and over twenty years in both development and managerial roles in the motors & drives business with Emerson and Nidec. He has served as a Company Director since 2014.
INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Douglas served as global head of Sales and Marketing at Wood Mackenzie where he worked from 2000 to 2015, during which time the company was taken private through a management buy-out in 2001 and sold to Verisk Analytics in 2015 for £1.85 billion. Douglas is currently Chairman of Westwood Global Energy Group, an energy market intelligence firm, as well as serving as a non-executive director of Enhesa, an EHS compliance solutions business, and Speech Graphics, a facial animation technology company.