SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Gridtential Energy, Inc., developer of a proprietary technology for advanced lead-based batteries, announced it has appointed industry luminary Ray Kubis to its Board of Directors. He brings 35 years of management and technology experience worldwide with market leaders in the industrial and automotive sectors of the battery industry and will support Gridtential as the company mobilizes hundreds of existing lead-based gigafactories worldwide.
For a cumulative 15 years, Kubis served as President of Hawker and EnerSys, leading the companies’ industrial battery business development across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has also worked in senior leadership positions with Johnson Controls and Exide in the automotive battery industry. Most recently, Kubis has served as President of EcoBat Technologies, Ltd., the global leader in the recycling and supply of lead for batteries. As Gridtential continues to license its Silicon Joule™ platform to battery manufacturers, Kubis’ past experience will play a significant role in scaling the innovative platform worldwide.
“Energy storage markets are expanding with new and more challenging battery application requirements across the industrial, automotive and specialty markets,” said Ray Kubis. “Gridtential’s product innovation offers a real chance for step-change improvements in battery performance. By leveraging the mature manufacturing processes for lead and silicon with the existing lead-based battery plants, the innovation is practical and affordable when contrasted to new billion dollar super- or giga-scale investments.”
Leveraging two mature industries – lead and silicon – Gridtential is able to target a $100/kWh installed price for its drop-in lead-based battery replacement. The company’s unique licensing model allows battery manufacturers worldwide to adopt the silicon-based technology using existing infrastructure, allowing every lead-based battery manufacturer to access higher energy density and longer cycle life under more demanding conditions than incumbent products. Lead batteries are also one of the most sustainable products used today, as over 99% are recovered and completely recycled.
“Ray is an invaluable addition to our team as we work to mobilize hundreds of existing gigafactories globally,” said Christiaan Beekhuis, CEO of Gridtential. “After decades of technical and supply chain success within the lead-based industry, he has the experience and the vision we need as Gridtential enables the industry to meet the performance and scale required for the coming massive deployment of grid storage.”
About Gridtential Energy
Gridtential Energy has developed a low-cost, scalable battery architecture that significantly improves energy density, cycling performance and battery life. To date, the company has signed four US and two international battery manufacturers as development partners. Gridtential will license the technology to global battery manufacturers to leverage their existing high-volume battery production capabilities. Gridtential Energy is located in Santa Clara, California.