Michael Oster, CEO
Michael’s experience includes real estate, emerging markets, technology and renewable energy. Prior to Eos, Michael launched Clean Energy Holdings as a vehicle to develop solar power and invest in energy technologies. He had developed several of the larger commercial solar power systems in New Jersey in partnership with a major European utility. Michael co-founded Eos with Steve Amendola and was the first investor in the company. Michael began his career in strategy and business planning based at IBM’s largest development and testing facility, and he later joined the international management consulting firm of A. T. Kearney. In 1991, Michael moved to Russia as privatization was starting and built what was one of the first and largest real estate investment and development companies in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In 1994, Michael established the first institutional real estate investment fund in Russia in partnership with the AT&T pension fund, and developed numerous successful projects. In the last decade, Michael formed and capitalized an early stage technology venture capital firm in New York City. He was one of the original partners to launch the global energy technology firm Aspect Enterprise Solutions together with Steve Hellman, where he populated the board and investor group with OPEC oil ministers, US cabinet members and other energy industry leaders. Michael has been quoted or profiled in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, the London Observer, the Moscow Times and other publications. Michael received his BA from Brandeis University and his MBA from NYU where he won an award for best thesis for his work on evaluating risk. He speaks Russian and French.
Steve Hellman, President
Steve Hellman joined Eos as President after a long career of building new companies, largely in energy and real estate. Steve began his energy career with Glencore, the largest commodities trading company in the world, where he built six successful companies in oil production and refining. Thereafter he created his own energy trading company which grew to $8B in revenues, and built a shipping company of 27 tankers. Together with Michael Oster he later created Aspect Enterprise Solutions, an energy technology company which provides software as a service to hundreds of major oil and energy companies (clients include BP, China Oil, ExxonMobil and Gazprom). In recent years he acted as an Advisor to the US State Department where he worked with Heads of State and Senior Ministers throughout Eurasia to resolve energy conflicts and to develop a strategy for Eurasian oil and gas infrastructure development. Steve also independently built a $150M commercial real estate business. Steve speaks Russian and Chinese, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds an MA (Industrial Engineering) and a BS (Political Science, Slavic Languages) from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa, 1987).
Dr. George Adamson, Vice President – Research & Development
George’s passion is bringing highly technical products from the laboratory into production. Over his career he has successfully shepherded five products through the development process: four advanced batteries and one consumer product. Prior to Eos, George was Vice President for Product Development at ZPower, LLC where he was responsible for the intellectual property portfolio and developed silver-zinc batteries for medical device applications.
Prior to ZPower, George was the head of Virtic, LLC, where he directed the company’s contract engineering and scientific consulting services, helping a number of clients to expand their product lines and intellectual property portfolios. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Process Engineering and Vice President of Research and Development at Valence Technology Corporation where he led the engineering team scaling a lithium polymer battery chemistry from the bench-top to a full manufacturing plant capable of producing 3.4 MWh of batteries per day. He also led the scale-up of Valence’s lithium transition metal phosphate technologies both as raw materials and as finished batteries; and he launched the company’s first three large scale production lines. Prior to Valence, Dr. Adamson was the Senior Research Scientist for Zinc Air Power Corporation, a start-up company developing a commercial electric vehicle battery. In this position, Dr. Adamson directed an electrochemical research and catalyst testing program to develop a commercial low-cost bi-function air cathode.
Dr. Adamson is the holder of nine issued U.S. patents, with many additional applications pending. He has published extensively in such journals as Journal of Power Sources, Chemistry of Materials, Electrochemical, Journal of the Electrochemical Society and Solid-State Letters, Journal of Chemical Physics and Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Riverside and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Steven Amendola, Inventor
Steve invented and patented Eos’ battery technology and co-founded the company Eos Energy Storage. Steve is also the inventor and founder of Renewable Silicon International (RSi), a silicon processing technology that reduces silicon costs by more than 60% compared to the industry standard silicon processing methods. RSi has been funded by the Quercus Trust and has started manufacturing at its plant in Easton, PA. Steve also founded the company Millennium Cell, which developed a very high energy density battery/fuel cell technology. Steve managed the company (which grew to 50 employees and later went public) before leaving to develop new technologies in 2002. Steve has been awarded more than two dozen U.S. patents, with approximately 20 additional patents pending and many corresponding foreign patents related to new fuels, turbines, diesel fuels, and hydrogen production. Steve’s area of specialty is large scale power storage. He has a deep knowledge and decades of experience evaluating and developing related technologies
Phil Black, Vice President – Engineering & Manufacturing
Phil’s experience covers 20-years of innovation in the fields of industrial design, product engineering and manufacturing design. His creative and analytical methods have resulted in many breakthroughs for Eos, including contributions to several pending patents. Prior to starting a successful Industrial Design consultancy, Phil managed the Industrial Design department at JLG/Oshkosh, which resulted in many award winning vehicle designs and advancements in the mobile equipment industry. He also designed high-speed equipment for the food and beverage packaging industry, and serves on an advisory board at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. His vehicular design and high volume manufacturing experience is well suited to lead Eos’ Engineering and Manufacturing efforts. Phil received his degree in Industrial Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. He is also a Six Sigma professional, with a significant cost savings and quality improvement record across many industries.
Philippe Bouchard, Vice President – Business Development
Philippe joined Eos after 5 years of in-depth experience leading emerging technology and regulatory initiatives within the utility energy industry. While working previously within Southern California Edison’s Advanced Technology Organization, Philippe co-authored SCE’s Smart Grid Deployment Plan and managed a $3 million portfolio of diversified R&D and technology evaluation projects. Philippe also completed SCE’s 2-year Marketing Analysis & Planning Strategy (MAPS) rotation program where he lead keystone projects within the arenas of Advanced Technology, Demand Response and Regulatory Policy & Affairs. In this rotational capacity, Philippe lead development of General Rate Case testimony for SCE’s Plug-in Vehicle Readiness Program and helped to propose and implement customer demand response programs leveraging newly implemented smart metering and home area network technology platforms. Philippe previously worked as a research analyst for E Source—an energy research and consulting firm– where he specialized in demand-side management programs, smart grid technologies, and corporate greenhouse gas consulting. Philippe brings an interdisciplinary background in chemistry and environmental sciences and graduated with a B.A. from Pomona College.