A fast-expanding Teesside engineering consultancy is honing the next generation of local talent with the appointment of a mechanical engineering graduate from Teesside University.

Mark Palmer joins Stockon-on-Tees-based Encora Energy as a project engineer after graduating with a first-class honour’s degree.

Mark has also gained valuable industry experience, working as a computer aided design engineer at Lionweld Kennedy Group, a global supplier of gratings, handrail systems, platforms, stair treads and ladders. He has also taken on part-time roles at Middlesbrough Football Club and The Food Warehouse.

His recent appointment strengthens Encora Energy’s expertise as the company expands its presence in regional and national markets. It was created in 2015 by energy professionals looking to help clients exploit opportunities related to the changing needs of the energy market.   The

Encora Energy provides project development, engineering, consultancy and operations management services to customers, helping them deal with the practicalities of developing, installing, operating and maintaining new energy systems such as renewable and battery storage systems, combined heat and power (CHP) plants, fuel cells, gas engines and gas turbines. The company also acts as UK and European agents for UptimeAI, providing cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for the process industries.

Mark says: “As a local lad, I’m delighted to be joining a company that’s at the cutting edge of the energy revolution. The UK electricity market is changing to a more decentralised model driven by deregulation and increased renewable generation. We can offer our expertise to customers so they can manage this change and take advantage of trading opportunities in this new world.”

Andrew Normand, new business manager and UptimeAI partnership lead at Encora Energy, said: “We welcome Mark to our growing team. We were really impressed with his structured problem-solving mentality and dedication to engineering.

“Mark will be an asset to us as we grow the Encora Energy brand in the North East and in other UK regions.”