Wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) has appointed Patrick Warren to the post of chief technology officer, a new-defined role formed as part of plans to carry out “end-to-end digitalisation” of the company as it scales up ambitions to be a renewable energy major.

Warren, who comes to the role following a number of senior management positions at MRP, will spearhead a digitalisation programme ranging across procurement, engineering, and information systems intended to “unlock smarter, more cost-efficient investment opportunities at greater speed”.

Bart Doyle, chief operating officer at MRP, in which Norwegian industrialist Aker Horizon in January took a 75% ownership, said the appointment would be of “key strategic importance to the business”.

“Patrick brings a wealth of global experience to this role, which combined with the expertise of our partners in the wider Aker family, puts us in prime position to maximise our contribution to the energy transition through digitalisation.”

Warren said: “The creation of this new role indicates our focus on the crucial and transformative role of technology in the energy transition. In my experience at the company, I’ve seen how technical expertise and data can make us more competitive, and so I am very happy to be leading this new, end-to-end programme.”

As well as calling on domain experts within MRP, Warren will have at his disposal digitalisation competencies from the wider Aker group including its in-house ‘Electron’ asset and subsidiary companies Cognite and Aize, which specialise in industrial software and artificial intelligence.