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Fortnightly Magazine - May 2010

capacity of more than 26 MW. The power plant with a land area of 69 hectares is expected to be completed by the end of the year.


Black & Veatch hired Dr. Eric Woychik as a director in its energy strategy practice. He previously was v.p. of regulatory affairs with Comverge.

Comverge announced that R. Blake Young, a member of the company’s board of directors since 2006 and a 25-year industry veteran, has been appointed president and CEO.

SightLogix has named Gary Green as director of sales for the Southeast U.S. region. Green comes to SightLogix from a sales management position at Siemens Building Technologies’ electronic security business.

Open Access Technology International hired Fred Fletcher as smart grid chief architect.

Second Wind announced that Larry Letteney has been named CEO. Letteney succeeds Second Wind’s founder, Walter Sass. Sass was named executive chairman of the board and chief technology officer.

eSolar hired Gary Breton, formerly of Amkor Technologies and Cypress Semiconductors, as eSolar’s SVP of operations. Breton will work with newly appointed eSolar CEO John Van Scoter, previously of Texas Instruments.

Ice Energy appointed Mike Hopkins as executive v.p. and general counsel. He was a partner in the Canadian law firm, Bennett Jones LLP.

Skipping Stone announced that Eric Alam, an early founder of Skipping Stone, has rejoined the company. He will lead the Houston office as a Principal. Paul Maffa has joined the company in a business development and consulting role focused in the company’s natural gas practice area. He also will be responsible for new client development for the company’s subsidiary, Capacity Center, an interstate gas pipeline real time information system.

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. announced the resignation of President and CEO, Craig Mataczynski..

Siemens appointed Jens-Peter Saul as CEO of its wind power business unit. Saul was managing director for Siemens Energy in the UK and responsible for energy for the North and West European regions.

S&C Electric Co. appointed Michael Edmonds as global smart grid strategies director. He was v.p. and general manager of Siemens energy and automation.

Storage and EVs

Maxwell Technologies introduced its new K2 Series large cell BOOSTCAP ultracapacitors. About the size of a soda can, the K2 series BOOSTCAP cells operate at 2.7 volts and incorporate design and construction enhancements to ensure high performance, durability and long operating life. Primary applications for Maxwell’s K2 series products, which range from 650 to 3,000 farads, include grid stabilization, renewable energy systems, back-up power, automotive subsystems, hybrid and electric vehicle drive trains and other applications that require burst power and heavy cycling that can’t be efficiently provided by a battery or power supply alone. The company is currently shipping K2 cells in production volumes and multi-cell modules ranging from 16 to 125 volts. The K2 replaces Maxwell’s previous MC series ultracapacitors.

NaturalNano, Inc. was issued a second patent dealing with use of its proprietary Halloysite materials (HNT) in high-performance energy storage devices known as Ultra Capacitors The company’s first patent for Ultra Capacitors comprised of Mineral Microtubules, takes advantage of the extremely small size and high