Meet the Advisory Board

LARRY CHRISTNER

Senior Mentor

Energy engineering consultant with more than 45 years of experience developing fundamental aspects of fuel cell technologies including manufacturing and commercialization of molten carbonate fuel cells. He has more than 50 years of experience with catalyst systems, materials characterization, manufacturing processes, and process optimization and automation. 

His comprehensive commercial  experience has focused on customer centered manufacturing and commercialization requirements. 

VICTOR DER

 Mentor

Strategic advisor with over 45 years of  technical, management and consulting experience in clean energy research and technology development including fuel cells, gasification, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, and near-zero emissions hybrid, modular energy systems.   Experience in managing  multi-billion dollar portfolio of large-scale clean fossil demonstration projects while serving as an assistant secretary (acting) at the U.S. Department of Energy. Twice recipient of U.S. Government Meritorious Senior Executive Award and co-holder of two energy patents

BEN MEHTA

Mentor

Ben Mehta has over 30 years of industrial and commercial energy technology development experience in the electric power and energy industries. He managed the demand response business program for Energy Connect Inc. and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) energy efficiency partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). At PG&E, he was a senior project manager for energy efficiency, demand response and energy audit programs.Prior to PG&E, he was a Project Manager for the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program at the California Energy Commission. He has managed several projects at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for developing clean fuel cell power, hydrogen energy and compressed air energy storage plant

VITHAL PATEL

 Senior Mentor

Process technology development, product manufacturing, and system design expert with over 50 years of experience in the industry. His experience spans from developing process equipment such as scrubbers and ejectors for chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, nuclear, processing, and fertilizer plants all the way to process design for high value chemicals. As a successful business owner and leader, he grew his fabrication company from 5 employees to >1,000 employees with multinational customers in fabrications.  

DR. KRS MURTHY

Advisor

Dr. KRS Murthy is an award winning polymath, polytech, poly art and polyglot child prodigy with many firsts in the history level of accomplishments, encompassing many technology and business areas, industry verticals and professions, starting in his tender preteen and teen age years. He has developed numerous paradigm shifts, novel paradigms, inventions and innovations, plus fundamental and seminal contributions numerous disciplines. 

 

KRS Murthy is an award winner corporate executive with track record of accomplishments in some of the fastest growing private and Fortune 50 public companies to include General Electric and AT&T. One of the companies Murthy was Group President won awards and accolades of record growth from $60 M to over $500 M in revenue and $3.5 B in valuation in one year. He has secured & ​managed over $100M R&D funding in Bell Labs, NASA and other organizations.

 

Murthy has led research and management projects in many technology areas, examples including software, IT, telecom, data com, big data, cloud, mobility, wireless sensor networks (WSN), Internet of Things (IoT), data centers, supply chain logistics, video games, gamification, education, solar, wind, algae, other biomass, fuel cells, nano / micro, composite materials, health care, biotech, pharmaceuticals, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, corporate governance, corporate competitive strategy, strategic alliances, sales / marketing and international alliances.

Venkat Pattabathula

Advisor

Venkat Pattabathula has more than 35 years of experience in the hydrogen, ammonia and syngas industry in Asia, North America, and Australia. Extensive experience in process design and engineering of world-scale ammonia/urea projects valued at more than US$ 600 million engineered by different process licensors and EPC companies.

Venkat has published >130 papers focusing on ammonia and hydrogen process safety (AIChE) and technology developments. He has written a chapter titled "Ammonia" for Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. Venkat was involved in feasibility studies for renewable energy-related projects and now on the Public Perception Committee of Ammonia Energy Association (AEA) based in the USA.

He holds a post-graduate degree (M.Tech) in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Govind Vanjani

Advisor

A dedicated entrepreneur in telecommunications and Renewables focused on PV Solar and Fuel Cells. Strongly believes that electricity is one of the most important components of Wealth Generation and improvement in quality of life in the World. Developed patented products using DC power generated by PV Solar for all main applications of electricity, i.e., Light, Motors, Electronics and heating. Extensive experience in product development (Six Sigma), marketing, sourcing and management for GE Motors and GE Capital.

 

Presently working with the T2M Team for DC microgrids applications, including hybrid energy storage using different types of electrolyzers and fuel cells to maximize the value proposition of renewables.

 

BS in Electrical Engineering. Over 50 years of experience in science and technology to develop affordable products for developing nations. Awarded 2 Patents and one on COVID 19 related pending.

Venkat Pattabathula has more than 35 years of experience in the hydrogen, ammonia and syngas industry in Asia, North America, and Australia. Extensive experience in process design and engineering of world-scale ammonia/urea projects valued at more than US$ 600 million engineered by different process licensors and EPC companies.

Venkat has published >130 papers focusing on ammonia and hydrogen process safety (AIChE) and technology developments. He has written a chapter titled "Ammonia" for Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. Venkat was involved in feasibility studies for renewable energy-related projects and now on the Public Perception Committee of Ammonia Energy Association (AEA) based in the USA.

He holds a post-graduate degree (M.Tech) in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA