A new man has been put in charge of efforts to boost the North-East's alternative energy industry.
Andrew Mill has been appointed as the new chief executive of the New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC), which is based in Blyth, Northumberland.
The 54-year-old, who replaces outgoing chief executive Doug Everard, joins from his post as managing director of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.
Those responsible for his appointment say his experience in the energy industry and in business leadership makes him ideally suited to lead NaREC into the operational phase of its development.
Mr Mill, who is originally from Edinburgh, takes control of NaREC just as the company is preparing to open up a pounds 10m complex of newly-built laboratories funded by regional development agency One NorthEast.
The first of these, the UK's only photovoltaic technology centre, opens next month.
An additional facility for testing the material strengths of wind turbine blades opens in December and a pounds 3.5m Energy Link Laboratory, for electrical testing, is due to open early next year.
The company also acquired the Clothier Laboratory in Hebburn, formerly Reyrolle's high voltage testing laboratory, in September last year. …