“Energy storage is the cornerstone of some of the most profound shifts in technology and society that we’ve seen in our lifetimes – ranging from the electrification of transportation and the reinvention of grid power to truly ubiquitous mobility”
“Energy storage is the cornerstone of some of the most profound shifts in technology and society that we’ve seen in our lifetimes – ranging from the electrification of transportation and the reinvention of grid power to truly ubiquitous mobility,” said Boston-Power Founder and CEO Dr. Christina Lampe-Önnerud.
“Boston-Power’s technology platform answers the call for new and better-performing batteries to facilitate these historic advancements. We’ve entered our next stage of growth to accommodate the demand we’re seeing across all markets and from around the world, and we’re doing so with a world-class team of employees, customers, investors and partners.”
Boston-Power will use the growth capital to scale manufacturing, sales, marketing and research and development for its next-generation Lithium-ion Battery Technology Platform currently embodied in the company’s Sonata® and Swing™ battery systems.
Targeting the multi-billion dollar market for notebook computer batteries, Sonata debuted in March 2009 through a relationship with HP, the world’s number one provider of notebook PCs. Branded as HP’s Long Life Battery, Sonata-powered battery packs are compatible with a range of consumer and commercial models available globally. On June 3, 2010, ASUS announced it will soon ship a new line of business notebooks powered by Sonata as the standard battery pack.
Capitalizing on the same disruptive Lithium-ion Battery Technology Platform, Boston-Power in June 2009 announced the Swing battery, which sets new benchmarks for energy density combined with industry-leading long life, safety, reliability, environmental sustainability and price/performance.
These capabilities make Swing battery systems ideal for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), Battery Electric Var (BEV) and Utility Energy Storage applications for wind power and solar energy. In December 2009, Boston-Power announced that Saab’s new zero-emission, high performance electric car, the ZE Saab 9-3, would be powered by a Swing battery system.
The first electric vehicles under this test program will be available this fall, with more to follow in 2011. Boston-Power will unveil additional customers in the transportation and utility markets from around the world later this year, in accordance to those organizations’ respective announcement plans.
“Boston-Power is among the best positioned companies in energy storage based on its ability to commercialize its breakthrough battery technology and attract a growing list of top-branded customers,” said Oak Investment Partners Managing Partner Bandel Carano.
“All of Boston-Power’s investors and board members are truly excited to help these world class entrepreneurs scale their patented innovations in cycle life, safety, power and energy density of Lithium-ion battery solutions into very high volume applications in portable electronics, electric vehicles and grid storage.”
On related matters, Oak Investment Partners Managing Partner Bandel Carano assumes the role of board chairman from Dr. Tony Evnin, general partner with Venrock, who remains on the board. Joining the board is Oak Investment Partners Venture Partner Allan C.Y. Kwan.
With 25 years of information technology, telecommunications and general management experience, Kwan brings extensive expertise in Greater China business operations. This includes serving as vice president of Yahoo! International following its $1.7 billion U.S. investment in Alibaba.com; chairman and CEO of Asia.com; and Motorola’s lead executive for the paging products division in Greater China.
Along with Lampe-Önnerud; Axel Wallenberg, board member, Foundation Asset Management; and Richard Nilsson, senior analyst, Foundation Asset Management, completing Boston-Power’s board are directors Robert C. Purcell, Jr., a 30-year auto industry veteran responsible for the development and production of the GM EV-1, the world’s first modern electric vehicle; and Martin J. Garvin, internationally recognized supply chain and procurement executive and former senior vice president of worldwide procurement and global customer experience for Dell, Inc.
Underscoring its global momentum, Lampe-Önnerud and Boston-Power have earned numerous industry and environmental distinctions. These include:
* Top 10 clean technology company in The Wall Street Journal’s “Next Big Thing”
* World Economic Forum 2010 Technology Pioneer
* Top 10 technological innovations of the last generation on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels
* Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the clean tech category for the New England region
* Northern Europe’s Top Sustainable Leadership Award
* The Guardian and Cleantech Group’s 2009 Global Cleantech 100
* Election into the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, the world’s oldest and one of the most highly regarded engineering academies