Eos Energy Storage added two new members to the company’s executive team Wednesday. Jeff Wiener, former director of global sales– energy storage at General Electric, joins as the company’s senior vice president of global sales, and Chris Gerlach, former vice president of finance at Solar Reserve, joins as the company’s chief financial officer.
“We’re incredibly excited to add these industry veterans to the team,” says Jim Hughes, Eos chairman of the board and former First Solar CEO. “Their combined experience strengthens capabilities around product deployment, bankability and financing, and will reinforce Eos’ position as the go-to supplier for safe, cost-effective energy storage.”
As senior vice president of global sales, Wiener will build and scale Eos’ brand globally, finding new opportunities and applications for the Eos Aurora battery. Wiener spent 36 years in GE‘s power segment, playing roles in wind, thermal and hydro services, and most recently directed sales for the company’s energy storage division.
“I watched Eos for a number of years as they brought the Aurora product to market, constantly meeting key business milestones: It is now ready to go mainstream,” Wiener said. “In addition to its industry leading cost position, I believe the Eos Aurora has significant advantages over other technologies in terms of full depth of discharge operation, modular design, installation simplicity and system safety. With industry leaders like Jim Hughes and CEO Michael Oster, I have great trust and belief in the leadership team, and I’m glad to be a part of it. I’m delighted to be working with Chris.”
Gerlach has a diverse background in finance and banking in the renewable energy sector as well as in the oil and gas, conventional power and telecommunications industries. In his previous role at Solar Reserve, Gerlach was instrumental in financing the first commercial-scale power tower with storage which entered into commercial operation in late 2015. The project involved 1,100 MWh of storage capacity.
“I was drawn to the versatility of Eos’ revolutionary battery product, which can be brought to bear on a vast array of applications, from peak shaving and reliability-enhancing backup power to renewables integration and microgrids,” Gerlach said. “The cost effectiveness of Eos’ proprietary technology creates an enormous opportunity to disrupt the market and lead lithium ion from a price, safety and longevity perspective. With commercial deployments now going into the field, Eos is setting a new standard in the industry.”