SEABROOK, NH--(Marketwire - Oct 3, 2012) - SustainX, Inc., developer of an industry-leading, transformative technology for utility-scale bulk energy storage using compressed air, announced that it has hired Stephen Brown as Vice President of Engineering. Brown has nearly two decades of experience leading development, delivery and servicing of world-class advanced technology products. This includes more than a decade of experience in mechanical power transmission design and manufacturing.
Prior to SustainX, Brown was Director of Engineering at Nordic Windpower. At Nordic, he led global development of the company's newest 2-bladed wind turbine, an innovative 1-MW, Class IV wind machine that offers simple installation and reduced maintenance for best-in-class performance and lowest total cost of energy.
"We are very pleased to welcome Stephen Brown to the SustainX team," said Thomas Zarrella, SustainX President and CEO. "He's a talented technical leader with a proven track record of successfully developing and delivering leading-edge products, while keeping focus on reducing operating costs and improving production efficiency. His background in power generation, renewable energy, advanced product design and delivery will prove invaluable as we continue developing our grid-scale energy storage technology."
Brown's career began at Rolls Royce Industrial Power Group in 1993, followed by 13 years in various engineering positions at Llewellin's Machine Company. At Llewellin's, he headed product design, development and interface with manufacturing, and was a key technical and commercial leader in the organization. Following that, he spent two years at Vestas Wind Systems as Global Technology R&D Business Unit Director.
Brown holds an Honors Degree in Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. He also holds a PL4 Certificate in Project Management, as well as management, financial and legal accreditations.
SustainX's isothermal compressed air energy storage (ICAES™) technology is a site-anywhere, zero-emissions solution that enables power- and energy-scalable compressed air storage, without the need for caverns or natural gas combustion. SustainX achieves isothermal cycling by combining patented innovations with a design centered on proven industrial principles and mature core components; i.e., a mechanical drive train based on an electric machine and crankshaft. The result is long operating life and a disruptively low levelized cost of energy (LCOE) compared to competing storage technologies.
SustainX is now building its first megawatt-scale system, which will be operational in the first half of 2013. The company's fuel-free, site-anywhere solutions address the emerging markets for grid-scale energy storage -- which are being driven by the rapid growth in renewable power generation, the savings in avoiding transmission and distribution (T&D) build-outs, and the need to make conventional power plants as efficient as possible.
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