Senior Director of Products
Director of Strategic Development
Charlotte leads Eversource’s vehicle, storage and other clean energy development and policy initiatives. She was previously the Vice President of Power Supply and General Counsel at Green Mountain Power where she led the power supply, regulatory, legal, and project development teams. In that time, Charlotte’s team increased the Green Mountain Supply portfolio from 20% to 60% renewable. She also led the construction of a fleet of low cost solar farms for customers, the acquisition of a fleet small hydro plants, and obtained regulatory approval for several clean energy transformation initiatives. Charlotte was previously a partner at the law firm of Sheehy Furlong & Behm in Burlington, Vermont where she came of age working on permitting of a 63 MW wind project and various, solar and other generation projects. She is a graduate of Boston College and the University of New Hampshire Law School, from which she graduated first in her class and was Editor in Chief of the Law Review. Charlotte previously served as President of the Board of Directors of the United Wat of Chittenden County and was appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin to chair Vermont’s Blue Ribbon Commission on high quality affordable childhood care.
Roy Bant Jr.
Hydrogen Energy Business Development Manager
For the first ten years of my career, I spent working in the Industrial Gas Industry as a Mechanical Engineer for the engineering of industrial gas equipment. Systems included complex cryogenic systems, compression systems, on-site nitrogen plants, and any custom industrial gas system. The late part of my Engineering career was managing projects and building Air Separation plants globally that produce the industrial gases. The second and latest part of my career has been all commercial. Outside sales of all products that the industrial gas industry has to offer, then on to Sales Management and having direct reports of sales personnel. Since November 2015, I have had the pleasure of working with the fuel cell industry, and vehicle OEM’s to promote the utilization of hydrogen for energy for fork trucks and vehicles.
Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, 1989. MBA LaSalle University, International Finance, 1999
Director of the Center for Hydrogen Safety
AIChE - American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Mr. Barilo is a licensed fire protection engineer and the Hydrogen Safety Program Manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Barilo utilizes his leadership and expertise in hydrogen safety to direct a multidisciplinary teams of industry experts, scientists and engineers in identifying, analyzing, and implementing solutions to problems for a diverse range of developmental, demonstration and commercial projects involving hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. His current responsibilities include:
project management (including planning, cost and schedule management, integration and subcontracting),
planning and leading the technical and decision-making process for development and implementation of a hydrogen safety program in support of solving client problems and enabling the nation's safe transition to hydrogen as an alternative fuel
applying extensive and diversified knowledge of hydrogen safety practices to technical project activities to achieve successful project outcomes
author papers and magazine articles and present nationally and internationally to bring emphasis to hydrogen safety.
Mr. Barilo works with a diverse group of stakeholders, government representatives and project proponents and collaborates with peers nationally and internationally. His primary focus during a 30-year career has been to identify, analyze and reduce risks to personnel and property.
Sparkplug Power is a project development group focused on distributed energy storage projects serving the grid ancillary services markets. Sparkplug Power provides project development and services for storage facilities to cut energy costs for Commercial and Institutional customers. We do this by reducing a customer’s Demand Charges. Demand Charges constitute between 30-70% of electric utility bills.
Benjamin Bollinger, Ph.D.
VP Hardware Systems Engineering
Ben Bollinger joined Malta with a background in energy storage and startups. From 2007 to 2015, Ben was Chief Engineer and Co-Founder at SustainX, where he led the systems engineering and process design of the company’s Isothermal Compressed Air Energy Storage (ICAES) technology. Through three development iterations - kW bench-scale to MW-scale commercial prototype - and nearly $40 million raised over 8 years, Ben has seen many of the ups, downs, and pitfalls that startups can run into.
In the interim three years, Ben was VP of Engineering at Altaeros, a lighter-than-air cell-tower startup developing large autonomous aerostats (tethered balloons) to enable the cost-effective deployment of rural telecommunications infrastructure.
Ben received his PhD and BE from the Thayer School of Engineering focusing on acoustics, medical imaging, and signal processing, and his BA from Dartmouth College focusing on mechanical engineering and thermodynamics.
Founder & CEO
Carlo started his corporate finance career in 1991 in London at County Natwest, the merchant banking division of the National Westminster Bank.
Subsequently in 1996, Carlo was a director at Market Capital Corporation, a corporate finance boutique, and a partner at Accretive International.
Carlo structured several M&As and IPOs on four different Stock Exchanges, such as the IPO of GoAdv (now Populis) on NYSE Alternext .
Carlo holds a MBA degree from Aston University, and being passionate about soccer, a MBA in Football Industries.
Clean Energy Blockchain Network
Accomplished Business Development, Sales and Partnering Executive with a proven track record for designing, developing and executing strategic partnerships and global programs to accelerate company growth with significant experience in start-up and new product launch environments. A professional with more than 16 years of experience from leading technology firms. Recognized for being a self-starter and strategic thinker with superb leadership, interpersonal, problem resolution, operational, and communications skills. Skillful at identifying, negotiating, closing, managing, and growing strategic accounts through the development of long-lasting relationships both at the c-level and across functional units.
Specialties: Strategic alliances, alliances, sales new business revenue, partnerships, negotiation, contracts, business development, technology, software, services, security, open source, virtualization, cloud, CRM, appliance, legal, enterprise, global, advisor, coach, instructor, speaker, teacher, panelist, ASAP, David, Goliath, innovation, collaboration, trust, M&A, evangelist
Ying Lucy Fan
Business Development Manager
Peak Power Inc
Clean energy enthusiast with 6 years of finance, strategy, and asset management experience across most major markets and numerous technologies.
Energetic and engaged teammate and leader
Entrepreneurial and resourceful problem-solver
Unique technical and commercial experience allow for effective communication with wide range of stakeholders
Community-builder and mentor
Mr. Harrington is currently the chief engineer for US Hybrid’s fuel cell division located in South Windsor, CT. With almost 20 years of experience in the electrochemistry world split between PEM fuel cells and lithium ion batteries Mr. Harrington now leads commercialization efforts for US Hybrid’s fuel cell engine division. Mr. Harrington holds degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Clarkson University, where he focused on fuel cell dynamic system modeling. His professional career began at International Fuel Cell (IFC), a UTC division, and spanned from test engineering for freeze development thru eventual responsibility for full size cell stack and system level development. In 2010 he joined lithium ion battery startup A123 Systems working initially in the validation group focusing on cycle and calendar life models for production cells. After the A123 bankruptcy and purchase by Wanxiang he was offered the position of Motorsports development manager for the growing line of high performance products. This position afforded him the opportunity to lead the development for some of the highest power density cells in the market (30,000 W/kg+). This included the battery for the Porsche 919 hybrid which won LeMans two years in a row as well as several championship formula one teams. He holds six patents from previous fuel cell work and in 2016 he rejoined the fuel cell world becoming chief engineer for US Hybrid.
CTO, Microgrid Business
Andy is responsible for driving technology roadmaps necessary to align technology evolution from Schneider Electric's various portfolios to simplify and enable deployment of effective grid-edge solutions. Aligned to this mission, his most recent technology attention has been around the combination of advanced battery-based energy storage solutions with highly efficient inverters as enabling sub-systems for broadly integrated distributed energy resources.
Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority
A prominent figure in promoting business development in Maine, Levesque brings to the board more than 32 years of experience in economic and community development, land use planning and business management services. Prior to his position overseeing the redevelopment of the former military base, Levesque served as executive director of the Brunswick Local Redevelopment Authority, which developed the successful reuse master plan for Brunswick Naval Air Station (BNAS). This plan included the creation of the Maine Center for Innovation, a high tech business campus that will include the Maine Advanced Technology and Engineering Center and the Brunswick Renewable Energy Center.
Before assuming responsible for overseeing the base’s redevelopment, Levesque was president of SHL Enterprise Solutions, a management consulting firm based in Hallowell, focusing on resource management and development strategies for business and governmental organizations throughout the United States.
From 1998 through 2003, Levesque served as the commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. In this cabinet post, he oversaw the business development, community development, tourism, technology commercialization and trade initiatives of the State of Maine.
During his public sector career, Levesque also has served in the capacities of director of business development for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, director of development for the City of Lewiston, and as chief planner for the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. In his private sector career, Levesque has worked for and owned several environmental management and community and economic development consulting firms.
Levesque holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and an Master of Science Degree in Environmental Studies (concentration in Urban and Regional Planning) both from California State University, Fullerton. He is also a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
International business development professional with deep expertise in the energy sector. Proven track record of market entry through a combination of sales and business development, corporate development and M&A, and regulatory strategy. Thrives in dynamic, entrepreneurial corporate cultures found in growing organizations.
Specialties: business development, corporate development, contract negotiations, strategic partnerships, international business, wholesale electricity markets, demand response, virtual power plants, smart grid, distributed energy resources.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
As co-founder and managing partner of ReVision Energy, Fortunat’s responsibilities include oversight of design, engineering, and operations for residential and commercial applications in both Maine and New Hampshire. Fortunat received both his Masters and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals (MABEP) and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Before co-founding Renewable Energy Contractors in 2006 and then ReVision Energy in 2008, Fortunat was a project manager and senior systems engineer at United Technologies Fuel Cells in Hartford, Connecticut.
Chief Operating Officer
Jesse is an entrepreneur, thought leader, and Blockchain expert, currently building a worldwide network of cryptocurrency mining and renewable energy solutions. He serves as COO of Harpia Inc. one of the leading firms in the Blockchain hardware consultancy space, where he works with some of the largest institutional miners and Blockchain investors in North America, providing big data-driven insights for the mining market. He is most passionate about transitioning electrically demanding Blockchain infrastructure onto underutilized and curtailed renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Chief Business Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Storage Association
Kelly Speakes-Backman is the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association. Kelly has spent over 20 years working in energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO, and private sectors, including organizations such as United Technologies, SunEdison, and Alliance to Save Energy. She is a former Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission where she also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), co-vice chair of the NARUC Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, and member of the EPRI Energy Efficiency & Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group.
Kelly earned her Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University.
Chief Science Officer
Responsible for managing scientific algorithm development for modeling and simulation of the Electrical Grid. He is the principal scientist for the Department of Energy (DOE) contract, researching a new edge-based grid control system and architecture for the US electrical grid. At the DOE his duties involved analyzing the current grid encompassing all grid stakeholders, including power engineers, regulators, commissioners, utility owners, utility designers. He has presented on a variety of Grid control topics at IEEE and other conferences on managing the load and operation of the modern grid. He is a member of IEEE PES and an active participant at the GridWise Architecture Council meetings. Education Fulbright Graduate Scholar and a Masters graduate in Mathematics from the University of Maine.
Founder and President
Solar Design Associations
Steve is acknowledged as a pre-eminent authority on integration of renewable energy systems in buildings.
Drawing on his background in architecture and engineering, he has pioneered the concept of integrated design with applications such as solar electricity (photovoltaics), solar thermal and wind energy.
Steven has designed dozens of homes and buildings powered by solar electricity - from the Outermost House to the White House.
Director of Business Development
Steve has more than 28 years of technical and business development experience in the fields of specialty chemicals and hydrogen system solutions. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategic relationships and project opportunities for Government and emerging market applications for PEM and alkaline electrolysis. In addition to managing Nel’s Navy submarine business activity, he also has primary market responsibility for the hydrogen fueling and renewable energy storage sectors in North America. His previous experience includes several years as an engineer in the PEM technology group at United Technologies. In this position, he supported the development of PEM electrolyzer and fuel cell technology for space and defense applications. After moving into technical sales and sales management at Buckman Laboratories, Steve joined Nel to support the commercialization and market development efforts for its PEM electrolyzer technology. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Steve also serves on the Board of Directors and as Secretary of the California Hydrogen Business Council, as a Board Member and Secretary of the Ammonia Energy Association, and on the Board of Governors for the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Operations Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Chief Development Officer
Advanced Microgrid Solutions
Responsible and accountable for all project development and implementation, including siting, permitting, interconnection, design & engineering, construction and partnerships/negotiations for battery supply and balance of system.
AMS is working to bring virtual power plants online as fast as possible as a cost-effective solution for grid support and renewables integration. The company employs best-in-class behind-the-meter energy resources and proprietary analytics software to aggregate commercial and industrial energy users into a fleet that can shift load to support a clean, efficient grid.
Toyota Motors North America