Plan: Ampyx Power develops the PowerPlane, a groundbreaking novel wind energy technology allowing sustainable production of power at significantly lower costs than fossil-fueled alternatives. This technology has the potential to trigger a paradigm shift in the electricity sector and will significantly accelerate the transition to a renewable energy supply, as due to its low costs, both economic and sustainability drivers will point towards investments in building power production capacity based on this technology. Costs are sufficiently low to combine this technology with storage options and/or other renewable energy technologies. This brings a 100% green energy supply for the planet within reach.
Update: Fuelled with the Green Challenge prize money, Ampyx Power continued its technology development efforts and commissioned two new prototypes with new functionality, including the ability to operate 24/7. Ampyx' team now exceeds 20 exceptional engineers, scientists and business developers. Also, Ampyx Power raised over € 2 million from informal investors during 2013/4.
Biography: I am a proud husband and father of three children, and an economist trained at the University of Amsterdam. Prior to joining Ampyx Power, I worked in the energy sector for over fifteen years. Initially, I focused on M&A and technology venturing and the last decade I was active in the "green" side of the business in a number of roles and companies. Amongst others, I led the Business Development department at Shell Renewables, was chief executive of Ecoventures, a cleantech venturing fund, and headed the Renewables division of Nuon, the Dutch utility with the largest installed renewable power generation capacity in the Netherlands.
I joined Ampyx Power fulltime early 2012, after having been involved in Ampyx since it was founded in 2008 as an adviser and as its first investor.