Chief Technology Officer - Concentrated Solar Power, CSP, Solar Energy Storage, Large Mechanical Systems, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Control Systems, Manipulation of Mechanisms, Energy - Pasadena, CA

Our client has developed, and is currently creating a commercial, micro-scale Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology with integrated energy storage referred to as "Combined Solar and Storage" or CSS technology.   Like traditional CSP, CSS technology utilizes a mirror array to focus sunlight on a central receiver column to create heat, which is then used to generate electricity.  A circulating heat transfer medium (air) delivers or extracts heat from the thermal energy storage medium (rock) as needed.  A Stirling engine utilizes the produced heat (either from storage, or directly from the receiver) to generate electricity.  Each 25 kW CSS unit consists of a mirror array, a receiver, a receiver column, a storage vessel and a Stirling engine.

The overriding issue our technology is designed to confront is dependence on fossil fuels, both for energy generation as well as for grid support.  CSS technology is designed to provide around-the-clock generation, black start capability, capacity and voltage support capability - all from a renewable, carbon-free energy resource.  With adequate solar resource, CSS technology can take the place of fossil fuel "peaker plants" or electrochemical batteries and instead dispatch 100% solar generated electricity on demand, at a cost far lower than current fossil fuel, or solar+battery technologies.

Qualifications:

  • Seeking an experienced engineering executive with 7+ years experience at the head of an engineering team, to lead the development of our CSS technology, including the engineering and design of CSS products for deployment to energy projects.
  • The desired candidate has extensive experience in leading large engineering efforts and design teams, but can also "roll up their sleeves" and participate directly in crucial analyses and design tasks, especially while the technology team is in its formative stages.
  • Of particular interest are candidates with deep background in the design of CSP technology, electric power generation equipment, large mechanical systems involving fluid mechanics, heat transfer and thermodynamics, as well as HVAC systems and automation and controls.
  • Additionally, manufacturing engineering experience in new product development involving cost-efficient, high volume manufacturing, contract manufacturing and overseas manufacturing is highly valued.
  • Background in setting up and managing effective QA/QC systems is also valued, though the manufacturing function will be overseen by the Chief Operating Officer once this position is filled.

Responsibilities:

  • Reports to the CEO and is responsible for budgeting and cost controls associated with the technology team and development of the CSS technology.
  • Required to set goals for his or her department, to create technology development timelines and schedules based on the strategic priorities set by the CEO and the executive management team, and to ensure timely execution of such timelines.
  • Serves as the senior executive for the company's technology development mandate and represents the interests of technology/product development on the executive management team.
  • Responsible for staffing the technology team, including personnel development, recruiting and hiring, conducting performance reviews, and maintaining morale among team members.
  • Expected to exhibit inspired leadership with his or her team, to understand the team's "chemistry," and promote a strong, mutually supportive work ethic with a high standard of team and individual performance.
  • Responsible for acquiring the necessary software tools required for his/her team to perform design work, manage budgets and schedules, implement document control, and manage a highly structured Bill of Materials (linked to manufacturing enterprise software).
  • Included in the CTO's realm of responsibilities is the design of CSS manufacturing processes and product testing requirements.
  • Establish procedures and/or tools needed for functional testing and validation of CSS equipment, as well as field commissioning procedures.
  • Establish root-cause analysis procedures and protocols, and be responsible for the execution of such procedures to address any systemic component failure or malfunction.