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Vendor Neutral

Fortnightly Magazine - July 2012

SolarBridge expects to use the funding to support product development, marketing, and sales.

GreatPoint Energy and China Wanxiang Holdings entered an investment and partnership agreement aimed at building a coal syngas facility in China. As part of the transaction, GreatPoint Energy raised equity investment and secured project funding totaling $1.25 billion from Wanxiang to finance and construct the first phase of a 1 trillion cubic feet per-year production facility near Turpan, Xinjiang, using GreatPoint Energy’s Bluegas technology. China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) agreed to purchase the gas produced from the facility and plans to build a pipeline to deliver the gas to the eastern provinces of China. As part of the transaction, Wanxiang will become a large shareholder in GreatPoint and will gain a seat on the board of directors.

People

Simple Energy named Bud Vos as the company’s new COO. Previously Vos was senior v.p. of utility sales and chief technology officer at Comverge, where he oversaw the technology architecture for the company.

BillingTree hired David Roberts as president and CEO. Previously, Roberts was a managing director with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Hanwha Solar named Mark Bronez president of Hanwha SolarOne USA. He joins the company after five years at SunPower, where he most recently was v.p. and general manager for the North America commercial business unit.

Utility Integration Solutions (UISOL) named Ron Smith v.p. of smart grid consulting. Prior to joining UISOL, Smith was v.p. of product marketing at Aclara.

O’Melveny & Myers added federal energy regulatory lawyer Hugh Hilliard as a counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Previously Hilliard served in various capacities at the U.S. Department of the Interior, principally involving federal land leasing and royalties in connection with oil, natural gas, and coal development.

Bracewell & Giuliani announced that five partners, formerly with Dewey & LeBoeuf, will join the firm in its New York, Washington, D.C., and Connecticut offices, effective immediately. The group includes John G. Klauberg , Dewey’s former co-head of the global utilities, power, and pipelines group, as well as Catherine P. McCarthy , former co-head of Dewey’s energy regulatory department. The partners are: Klauberg and Frederick J. Lark in the New York office; McCarthy and David R. Poe in Washington; and Charles F. Vandenburgh in Connecticut.

Wind Energy Services appointed Israel Barajas as safety manager. Previously he worked for Molded Fiber Glass. The company also appointed Ken McGraw to the newly created position of field account manager - sales. He most recently served as a district sales manager for Klein Tools.

EVs & Storage

Quantum Fuel Systems delivered the first pilot version of its plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) F-150 pickup truck to Florida Power & Light (FPL), in association with Dow Kokam, the lithium-ion battery system supplier for the truck. The Quantum system allows the truck to run the first 35 miles on electricity and then switch to hybrid drive mode, achieving fuel efficiency greater than 100 mpg equivalent, depending on the drive cycle and charging frequency. 

Lockheed Martin contracted Princeton Power Systems (PPS) to supply an energy storage system for a new