About Us

Our Company

O-Hx was formed in 2016 due to a growing urgency for energy storage which was being accelerated by the overwhelming drive into renewable energy solutions. Reinforced by a team of experienced professionals.

Organic Heat Exchangers Ltd was founded by Bob Long in 2016. Bob has 45+ year experience in refrigeration technology development. Organic Heat Exchangers Ltd is a unique, dynamic, answer to the growing global need for energy storage, focused on the cooling market, and is the brainchild of Bob Long, an engineer immersed in the science of thermal energy management for over 45 years. O-Hx is based in Lancashire, part of the north-west of England and plans to remain in the region as the company grows. O-Hx will initially assemble the key thermal battery chargers in-house, with plans to outsource their assembly as sales grow, this being possible without large investments in tooling.

O-Hx is the home of this patented technology, capable of storing and delivering vast amounts of thermal energy on demand to drive down the cost of cooling and provide hugely scalable energy storage. Other thermal energy storage products have been limited by poor efficiency, limited charging and discharging flexibility and high costs. Ever increasing energy costs and a focus on net zero operations are key drivers for companies seeking more sustainable operations and reduced operating costs. Bob and his team have developed EnergiVault® patented technology to exploit the commerciality of these highly disruptive technologies which utilise physics, engineering, and AI technology to create the ultimate economic energy management solutions.

Experienced Team

We have an experienced and expert team in cooling and refrigeration technology with Bob leading the way with 45+ years of experience

Patented Technology

Our Patented technology ensures that our product, EnergiVault® has no rivals, with a unique ability for rapid charge and discharge rates.

We love our planet

The application of O-Hx’s EnergiVault® around the world is going to lead to huge reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The Team

We are a small but growing team of dedicated, talented and professional staff. We believe in providing excellence across every aspect of the business and our team is at the core of this vision.

Bob Long

Executive Chairman
Bob is a mechanical engineer with 45+ years experience of refrigeration and thermal energy management. He works at the sharp end of refrigeration engineering producing numerous innovative solutions within the fields of ice technology and industrial heat pumps. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration and runs his own specialist refrigeration engineering company, Coolideas Ltd. Bob has an HND in Marine Engineering from Liverpool John Moore and an MSc from Exeter. He is also founder Director of Natural Energy Wyre, a tidal energy power generation start-up. Bob has a deep understanding of the role of renewables in the UK’s energy generation mix and recognises the value that EnergiVault thermal energy storage brings to their effective integration with power grids.

Geoff Barker

Chief Executive Officer
Geoff is a new business specialist who has spent more than 25 years developing new heating, cooling and local generation businesses, including thermal storage, residential heat pumps, boilers and microCHP and smart heating controls. During this time, he has worked for several companies underpinning new product-based ventures through structured analysis of markets, their trends and drivers, value propositions and routes to market. Geoff has helped many businesses secure funding including venture capital, institutional investment and private equity, through his knowledge of demand side energy technologies and their relationship to energy supply markets and the fundamental market insight required as part of a business plan. Geoff obtained a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool and an MSc in Engineering Management from Bristol University. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.

David Grundy

Chief Financial Officer
David is a finance expert, having spent 25 years as a Chartered Accountant at Grant Thornton. His core activity focused on corporate mergers & acquisitions, fundraising and flotations, and he also undertook several senior management roles, including National Head of Transaction Services and North West Managing Partner. For the last 10 years David has been operating as a portfolio corporate adviser, advising and investing in a range of business, with a particular focus on early stage and scale-up businesses; services provided include strategic planning, fundraising, corporate governance, financial management and stakeholder management. In addition to EnergiVault, roles have included NED at a listed retail energy company, chairman of an insurance business, NED and CFO at a private-equity funded software business, retained board adviser to a legal practice, and director of a tidal energy start-up.

Dr. Dave Kane

Chief Technical Officer
Dr. David Kane is a Chartered Engineer, with experience in Research & Development, technology strategy, and commercial project delivery within the energy industry, holding a doctorate (PhD) in optimisation & control of energy generation & storage systems. His core expertise relates to low-or-zero carbon energy technologies for generation & storage, Demand Side Response, Virtual Power Plants (VPP), and Internet of Things (IoT). David has held CTO positions in energy storage and IoT companies, and senior global technical roles in Centrica PLC, after starting his career in environmental sensing R&D with a global Oil & Gas OEM manufacturer. As a consultant, David has worked with global automotive and energy OEMs to deliver R&D projects, private equity companies in UK and Switzerland to provide technology strategy and project/technology due diligence, and a wide range of Public Sector, SME and Blue Chip clients on commercial & innovation projects.

Roger Ford

Roger has had an extensive career in leading R&D activities, in both public and academic sectors. He led ICI’s chlorine technology division, built an R&D function at United Utilities and was Chair of Innovation & Technology at University of Salford. This wealth of experience in early stage businesses, including international product development, will bring another layer of expertise to the business.

Nick Dimmock

Head of Investor Relations
Nick has been involved in the environmental sector since 2007 and has so far been involved with over 50 environmental projects from Municipal Solid Waste Composting in India, to 1500 MW Hydroelectric projects in Ecuador and the pre-construction development of over 260MW of solar sites in Mexico. Overall, the projects Nick has been involved in have created on-going emission reductions over 9 Million tons of CO2e per annum. Nick is now leading O-Hx as the Head of Investor Relations.

Alexandra Ellison

Alex has been involved in the Financial sector since 1993 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the company. She started her career at Deloitte and, more recently, Alex spent 10 years with Morgan Stanley’s Research Team in Canary Wharf as an Editorial and Production Assistant. Alex deals with all things administrative at O-Hx, ensuring the smooth operation of the company with her excellent IT and organisational skills, robust knowledge of office management and efficient handling of client enquiries. Her attention to detail and ‘can do’ approach adds a reassuring dynamic that both supports the company and meets client needs.

Helen Passfield

Financial Modelling & PR
Helen Passfield is an Owner and a member of the Ownet Advisory Board, having been with the team since it was set up by Jeremy in 2016. Helen has worked on a number of client engagements during that time in a broad range of roles and sectors including business analyst, PMO and Project Manager; and has been key in developing Ownet’s partnership with Software AG to support mutual clients in the implementation of their process software and infrastructure. She is keen to assist clients throughout their transformation journey through improved processes and technology, and supporting people to carry these initiatives forward to create the new business as usual environment. Helen is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, with an BA from University of Greenwich.

Aleem Aftab

IT & Infrastructure
Aleem has a been working in the IT & Telecommunication Industry for the past 8 years. Aleem brings in his experience of working in an Internet Service Provider. He has also worked with major global brands and manufacturers in the Telecommunication Industry. Aleem looks after IT and Infrastructure with added responsibilities such as growth hacking.

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