Gridtential Energy, the bipolar lead battery start-up, has appointed John Barton, former president of global asset management for SunEdison, as its new chief executive. And also, in an announcement on October 24, named JCI’s Bob Gruenstern as a technology advisory board member.
Barton, takes over from Christiaan Beekhuis, who has been with Gridtential since 2011.
Gruenstern was formerly global vice president for product and advanced engineering for Johnson Controls. Gruenstern joined JCI as an engineer in 1982.
Gridtential said Barton’s experience in the sustainable energy sector and across global supply chains, and Gruenstern’s engineering knowledge were reasons for the appointments.
The appointments follow the closing of its $11 million series ‘B’ financing round in September
Barton said: “After my two decades of product development, high-volume manufacturing and solar, I believe we’re seeing the same intersection of technology advances, increases in performance, and cost reductions in energy storage that catapulted those industries to the next level,” said
“This convergence is already transforming existing markets and enabling new ones, like the shift from 12 volt to 48 volt in hybrid cars.”
Ray Kubis, chairman of Gridtential said: “Barton’s operations experience will help our battery partners move to high volume manufacturing of our silicon joule technology.”
Gruenstern said: “Gridtential’s architecture breakthrough leverages new material advances that didn’t exist until now, and that positions it, along with its growing roster of lead battery manufacturers, to satisfy the market pull we’re seeing for high voltage applications like electric-hybrid vehicles.
“These types of technology are a substantial extension of lead, giving it new capabilities to compete with lithium batteries on performance, while retaining key advantages in safety, recyclability and cost.”
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