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EnerVenue builds simple, safe, maintenance-free energy storage for the clean energy revolution – based on technology proven over decades in extreme conditions, now scaled for large renewable energy integration applications.
Previously, Jorg led strategy, sales and operations for Primus Power, a disruptive long-duration energy storage provider. He led SunPower’s global power plant business unit ($1.5B+ P&L) and several other transformational leadership roles. Jorg’s teams built over 2000+ MW of solar power plants, SunPower’s primary profit driver at that time and achieved over 60% reduction in cost reductions while driving major improvements in business development, sales, engineering, procurement, construction, operations, customer service and support.
Before joining SunPower, Jorg served as an Executive Partner and practice leader at Accenture where he was instrumental in driving large scale system integration and business process change programs for prominent high-tech companies including Apple, Autodesk, Cadence, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Intuit, and Sun Microsystems. Jorg began his career developing custom capital markets trading systems based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Jorg is passionate about changing the way our world is powered, customer focus, effective teamwork, and delivering results.
Chairman and Chief Technology Advisor
Professor Cui leads a research lab at Stanford University which is focused on materials innovations for sustainability including nanomaterials, energy, electrochemistry, batteries, solar cells, transparent electrodes, electrocatalysis, 2D layered materials, topological insulators, water filtration, air filtration, solid clean up, wearable technology, nanobiotechnology.
Professor Cui is widely recognized as one of the most influential Materials Science researchers globally. He has published nearly 500 research papers and was ranked NO.1 in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters as “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” in 2014, as well as other awards including: the Dan Maydan Prize in Nanoscience (2020), Nano Today Award (2020), Electrochemical Society Battery Technology Award (2019), Blavatnik National Laureate (2017), MRS Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience (2015), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2008), Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award (2004).
Cui has founded multiple companies to commercialize technologies from his group including: Amprius Inc., 4C Air Inc. and EEnotech, Inc. In 2020 EEnotech launched EnerVenue as a spinout for which Prof. Cui serves as Chairman and Chief Technology Advisor.
Professor Cui received B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), a Ph.D at Harvard University and a Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of California, Berkeley.
Majid Keshavarz leads EnerVenue’s product development team. He has over 20 years of renewable energy storage technology leadership experience. Previously, Dr. Keshavarz led R&D at Natron Energy, a startup based in the San Francisco Bay area that is developing a new sodium-ion battery technology. He was the Chief Technology Officer with Imergy Power Systems.
Dr. Keshavarz has extensive experience in the technical and managerial oversight of research and development activities and technology commercialization in electrochemical energy storage and material science. He was responsible for Imergy’s core vanadium flow battery technology and for designing platforms for applications requiring long discharge duration and frequent cycling. Prior to Imergy Power (Deeya Energy), he worked on the experimental strategies for high-throughput materials development for semiconductor industry at Intermolecular Inc. An early employee of UltraDots Inc., he was responsible for development of silicon and germanium nanomaterials for photonic and photovoltaic devices. Prior to UltraDots, he spent five years at Roche Bioscience (Roche Holding), where he worked on the development and optimization of efficient routes for new drug candidates and prepared active pharmaceutical ingredients on a large scale for clinical studies.
Majid obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For his postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids at University of California at Santa Barbara, he studied the chemistry of exotic materials such as Buckminsterfullerene, C60 and conducting polymers. He has authored numerous scientific publications and US patents.
Chief Operating Officer
Frank Blohm leads EnerVenue’s manufacturing and operations team. He is a driven and analytical leader who delivers value to organizations by overcoming obstacles and building strategic partnerships. A seasoned global supply chain executive with more than 25 years of experience, Frank brings energy and an innovative approach to manufacturing, operations management and sustainability. Franks holds steadfast in his commitment to excellence by building accomplished teams known within the industry.
Prior to joining EnerVenue, Frank served as Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN), where he managed over a billion dollars in material spend for one of the world’s largest optical networking organizations. While serving as Chief Operating Officer for Velodyne Lidar (NASDAQ: VLDR), Frank was instrumental in driving and scaling a global operations transformation. Frank also served as Executive Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain at Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR) leading supply chain, IT, business transformation, logistics and customer service.
Frank serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Golden Gate Chapter. He received his certification in Supply Chain from San Jose State University.
Chief Revenue Officer
Randy Selesky leads EnerVenue’s commercial, sales, and product management teams. Randy brings over 25 years of leadership experience from both start-ups, as well as Fortune 500 companies.
Most recently, Randy was a pioneer in the Battery Storage market as the SVP of Global Sales & Marketing for Greensmith Energy Management Systems (Battery Storage provider). With his passion for emerging technology Randy worked with Utilities and Developers to drive adoption of Battery Storage solutions.
Prior to Greensmith, Randy served as the Senior Executive for Rockwell Automation, leading the Power and Energy Initiative. He was also instrumental in transforming the energy software landscape for Rockwell Software and GE.
Randy has been relentless in a bringing new solutions to market that are safe, reliable, cost effective, and will change how the world receives resilient energy.
Chief Financial Officer
With more than 30 years of experience in financial management roles, Betsy most recently served as the CFO for Iron Mountain Data Centers, where she was instrumental in the company’s sustainability and 100% renewable energy path. Prior to Iron Mountain, Betsy held various executive finance positions in the energy sector, including at 8minute Solar Energy and First Solar (FSLR). Betsy joined the team at 8minute to enable and secure its Series A funding and to further drive the company to deliver the lowest cost energy solutions available. At First Solar, Betsy was financially responsible for the company’s operating segments, including global manufacturing and supply chain, systems development and EPC, and O&M. Betsy’s teams delivered transformational cost reductions in excess of 55%, in addition to scalability gains that enabled First Solar to reinvent itself from an early technology player to a full-scale industrial energy company, on par with lowest cost solutions at utility grid scale.
Before joining First Solar, Betsy was the VP, Corporate Controller for GrafTech International, a leading global manufacturer of advanced carbon and graphite materials. Previously, she spent a decade at GE, where she held progressively senior finance leadership roles across the consumer and industrial units. Betsy is committed to the green energy transition, which has quickly emerged as the driving force disruptor of the century.
Vice President, Product Engineering
Andrzej leads the development of EnerVenue’s energy storage systems. He has 25+ years of experience designing and commercializing technology products. Prior to EnerVenue, Andrzej developed Stem’s first lithium-ion stationary energy storage and power monitoring systems.
Andrzej also brings experience from innovative renewable companies such as GreenVolts and Nanosolar. At GreenVolts, he served as Director of Engineering and oversaw the development of the power generating module and a precision tracker, as well as scaling production at Foxconn. As Director of Product Development at Nanosolar he oversaw the development and deployment of the company’s first commercial thin film PV panels.
He also spent 9 years at IDEO – a multinational design and consulting firm, where he managed over 25 projects across consumer, medical and automotive industries. He earned a B.S. and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Chief Supply Officer
Dr. Kim Gupta is EnerVenue’s Chief Supply Officer and leads all facets of the company’s supply chain management and operations, including materials procurement and logistics.
Gupta joins EnerVenue from Bloom Energy, a leading worldwide manufacturer of solid-oxide fuel cells for the distributed generation of electricity and hydrogen. For the past 11 years, he served as Vice President of Strategic Sourcing for the San Jose-headquartered firm. Gupta was instrumental in developing and expanding Bloom Energy’s global supply base, leading a team that transformed the company away from being supply-constrained. During his tenure, he also cut the materials costs for Bloom’s fuel cell system by more than 50% and worked with a worldwide network of suppliers enabling $100M+ investments to feed Bloom’s supply requirements.
Prior to Bloom, Gupta spent two decades at Intel, where he managed a critical supply line for the company’s manufacturing sites. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Stanford University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
We’re looking for energetic, creative, diverse and talented team members who are passionate about accelerating the clean energy revolution.
EnerVenue’s roots run deep in American history. First developed in the 1980s, nickel-hydrogen technology would reliably serve in many notable aerospace applications including the Mars Rover, Hubble Telescope, and the International Space Station. In 2017, Stanford researchers redesigned the traditional nickel-hydrogen vessel, improving performance at a reduced cost, and paving the way for commercialization of the technology. Established in 2020, EnerVenue has now achieved commercial deployments while other non-lithium battery storage technologies are still waiting for a lab breakthrough. EnerVenue is currently producing Energy Storage Vessels in the heart of Silicon Valley and will achieve volume production in 2024 at a U.S.-based location. Product for international markets may ship from alternative manufacturing sites.
- EnerVenue Names Kim Gupta as Chief Supply OfficerEnerVenue, the first company to bring metal-hydrogen batteries capable of more than 30,000 cycles to the clean energy revolution, today announced the appointment of Dr. Kim Gupta as Chief Supply Officer. Gupta adds significant energy industry experience to EnerVenue. He will lead all facets of the company’s supply chain management, including materials procurement and logistics.
- EnerVenue Launches Energy Storage Vessels (ESVs), the Second-Generation of its Metal-Hydrogen Energy Storage SolutionThe ESVs offer more efficient and flexible deployments of EnerVenue’s pioneering technology, with scalable and customizable large-format battery configurations ready to meet a wide breadth of customer and partner applications
EnerVenue raises $100M to accelerate clean energy using nickel-hydrogen batteries.
In order to support a buildout of renewable energy, which tends to over-generate electricity at certain times of day and under-generate at others, the grid is going to need a lot of batteries. While lithium-ion works fine for consumer electronics and even electric vehicles, battery startup EnerVenue says it developed a breakthrough technology to revolutionize stationary energy storage.
EnerVenue signed its first major distribution agreement with Hong Kong’s Towngas. The deal will pilot the company’s nickel-hydrogen battery technology and serve as an audition for future deals to come.
EnerVenue is a classic case of how fast energy markets can change in the current energy transition – just 3 years ago, the breakthrough that made this type of energy storage possible, did not exist.
Lithium-ion has become the dominant battery technology used in energy storage applications around the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only, or even the best, technology available.
As more utilities make net-zero carbon pledges, energy storage will be critical to offset the intermittency of renewable energy…
One start-up – a California firm named EnerVenue – has hit upon a sturdy, dependable, and modestly-priced solution to the grid’s storage issues.
Take a listen to EnerVenue CEO, Jorg Heinemann speaking with David Hunt about the renewable energy transition and implications for battery technology on the latest Leaders in Cleantech Podcast.
EnerVenue Launches with $12 million in Funding to bring a Zero Maintenance and Lower-Cost Alternative to Lithium-Ion Batteries