Vert Technologies names new chief executive

Edinburgh-based Vert Technologies has appointed Alan Duncan as its new chief executive, taking over from Dr Phil Harris.

Duncan brings experience gained from more than 30 years in the energy industry, principally in engineering, manufacturing and service businesses.

He will be responsible for further developing the compression technology company’s technical offering across multiple industrial compression applications.

Dr Harris is stepping down following three years in charge of Vert.

Under his stewardship, the business has transitioned from a start-up focused on disruptive technology development, to an established commercial entity.

Duncan said: “What really appealed to me about this new role was Vert’s pioneering work in the compressor space, which is a product of the intellect and enthusiasm of a committed team of people, and I’m looking forward to getting started.

“Continued investment from committed private investors, alongside significant public grant funding, underlines the enormous potential of the company’s conical rotary compressor (CRC) technology.

“This disruptive technology positions Vert well as we seek to play our role in significantly improving sustainability across multiple industrial sectors that rely on compression, including the refrigeration and heat pump sectors, and I am thrilled to be part of these ongoing efforts.”

Harris added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at Vert’s helm, working with a great team to build the company’s profile.

“As the saying goes, you should always leave things better than when you found them, and I believe this holds true with my time at Vert.”

The design of the Vert’s CRC tech can compress media such as refrigerants, gas and air at high-pressure and absolute ratios.

Its ability to do so in a single stage with low noise and vibration has already appealed to refrigeration and heat pump equipment manufacturers looking to transition to harder-to-compress refrigerants with a lower global warming potential.

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