Natel Energy has appointed Nicolas Serrie, former vice president of product management for General Electric Hydro and president of GE Hydro France, as its general manager of hydro.
Serrie brings nearly two decades of experience to Natel and aims to further accelerate growth for the company, which earlier this year raised $20 million in a Series B round of funding, according to a release.
“What drew me to Natel is the combination of joining a successful company at a key moment, and the fact that Natel is unique in the hydro space. Natel not only provides eco-friendly turbines, but is also positioned for developing small hydro projects thanks to its Energy Platform,” said Serrie. “Being an OEM and an IPP is truly unique. The future of hydro is distributed and fish-friendly, and Natel has the potential to disrupt this market. I look forward to positioning Natel for growth in North America and in the international market in the coming months.”
In his previous position, Serrie oversaw the development and improvement of all hydro products and solutions. Before that, he was an executive key account leader for GE and concluded onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro business deals. Serrie joined GE from Alstom, where he managed its French offshore wind activities, developed the floating offshore wind initiative, which culminated in the award of two pilot wind farm projects and contributed to the company’s growth from a startup to a global leader in offshore wind. Before joining Alstom, Serrie led transportation and energy initiatives for the French Development Agency and the World Bank. Serrie earned two master’s degrees in engineering, one from Ecole Polytechnique and another from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.
“We are thrilled that Nicolas is joining our team,” said Gia Schneider, chief executive officer and co-founder of Natel. “His business and leadership experience in hydro will accelerate our ability to deploy our fish-safe turbine technology, effectively expanding the scale and impact of Natel’s modern, sustainable hydro solutions.”
Natel Energy is a California-based company with a mission to mitigate climate change and build climate resilience by providing hardware and software solutions that enable a 100% renewable grid via a hydropower backbone. Natel’s solutions address cost, operations and environmental performance challenges at the heart of unlocking additional sustainable, reliable hydropower generation – both from the existing fleet and from new project development.