A Vision to Make a Difference...
Quidnet Energy was launched in 2013 with the vision of building breakthrough energy technology to accelerate the energy transition. Utilizing existing hydroelectric and industrial machinery supply chains, Quidnet Energy is about repurposing existing resources to quickly marshal implementable solutions to our most pressing energy and climate challenges.
Quidnet is exciting imaginations in the clean energy business for its potential as a game-changer in the energy transition for its modular, long duration, low-cost storage and grid balancing capabilities. In the past two years, leading energy innovation organizations—all with extremely rigorous technical review processes—have registered their support for Quidnet’s solution through significant financial backing.
During 2020, Quidnet turned the corner from proof-of-concept to full scale deployment with three new projects initiated in New York, Texas and Ohio and more planned for 2021. Quidnet is currently on track to fully commercialize its long duration storage facilities in the 2023-2024 timeframe, in time to deploy to meet aggressive state and regional long duration storage goals.
7+ years of breakthrough energy technologies
Investor and government funding
3 US offices and 4 development projects
Chief Executive Officer
Joe leads the Quidnet team in its mission to revolutionize energy storage and facilitate the transition to a zero-carbon electric grid.
Joe leads the Quidnet team in its mission to revolutionize energy storage and facilitate the transition to a zero-carbon grid. As a child, Joe traveled around the world with his parents who worked for large energy companies. That experience inspired his life-long commitment to game-changing energy innovation. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, going on to work as an energy consultant across the globe prior to entering Harvard Business School to earn his M.B.A. Following a successful run with a battery storage company that he helped grow, Joe was introduced to Quidnet and became its Chief Executive Officer.
Co-Founder & CTO
Howard oversees of the technology development of Quidnet’s Geomechanical Pumped Storage solution.
Howard oversees of the technology development of Quidnet’s Geomechanical Pumped Storage solution. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended Rice University in Houston where he earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. He went on to teach at Rice and direct the University’s Carbon Nano Technology Lab. As part of this program, Dr. Schmidt worked with private sector companies in chemical battery storage. That work honed his understanding of the challenges facing chemical batteries as grid-scale storage. Combined with his experience in petroleum geology, he developed Geomechanical Pumped Storage technology with Quidnet co-founder Aaron Mandell to establish the company in 2013.
Chief Operating Officer
David is responsible for overseeing Quidnet corporate and project operations to advance the company’s North American demonstration projects toward widescale commercialization.
David is responsible for overseeing Quidnet corporate and project operations to advance the company’s North American demonstration projects toward widescale commercialization. He grew up in a mining town in France along the Belgium border, where his grand-father worked in the coal mines. With a deep curiosity about the world and about energy, David attended the French School of Mines, where he earned his Master of Earth sciences and Energy. He then earned a Master of Sciences in Management from the Stanford University. As a professional, David worked all over the world overseeing the development of billion-dollar subsurface energy projects, then shifted to structure corporate innovation in transitioning oil and gas companies toward renewables and power. With his extensive experience and ability to advance and deploy new technologies, he is now focused on making Quidnet Energy a leader in energy storage.
Vice President Of Engineering
Bunker joined Quidnet in January 2021 after more than two decades of directing engineering and development for Schlumberger, a global leader in the energy industry.
Bunker joined Quidnet in January 2021 after more than two decades of directing engineering and product development for Schlumberger, a global leader in drilling, production, and processing technology for the energy industry. He earned his B.S. in physics from Texas A & M University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering – robotics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Reservoir Development Project Manager
Scott is an experienced project manager with expertise in renewable power and energy storage as well as petroleum engineering and geology.
Scott is an experienced project manager with expertise in energy storage as well as petroleum engineering and geology. Scott has over a decade of engineering management experience, spanning drilling, completions, and surface facility construction across North America. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and earned an B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
Henry has led a variety of complex exploratory, resource extraction, processing, refining, and storage, projects in the oil and gas sectors.
Henry has led a variety of complex , resource extraction, processing, and refining, projects in the oil and gas sectors. Prior to joining Quidnet, Henry managed drillings and completions operations for Chevron across the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an M.B.A. from the University of Cambridge.
Cliff is responsible for geologic siting and project development, including working with regulatory agencies to permit individual projects and develop permitting processes.
Cliff is responsible for geologic siting and project development, including working with regulatory agencies to permit individual projects and develop permitting processes. He previously worked as an exploration geologist for the Hunt Oil Company. He earned a B.S. in Geology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an M.S. in Geophysics from Southern Methodist University.
Head of Data Analytics
Wilson heads up Quidnet’s data analytics team to process the large amounts of data generated from the field operations and extract critical insights to enhance storage performance.
Wilson heads up Quidnet’s data analytics team to process the large amounts of data generated from the field operations and extract critical insights to enhance storage performance. Prior to joining Quidnet, Wilson founded Aatonomy, a technology firm that developed and deployed sensing infrastructure for self-driving vehicles. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Board of Directors
Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Investor at Breakthrough Energy Ventures; Venture Principal at Schlumberger Corporate Venturing, Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy
Managing Director at Evok Innovations; founded MBA Polymers, the world’s leading multi-national company recovering plastics from end-of-life durable goods (300 million lbs/yr in Europe and China).
Prime Impact Fund
Co-founder and Managing Director of Prime Impact Fund; more than two decades focused on cutting-edge technologies as an investor, advisor, and analyst.
Stanford Professor of Geophysics, Secretary of Energy’s committee on shale development & environmental protection
Advisor, Project Finance & Development
Founding Partner of Clean Energy Ventures & New Energy Capital; VP InterGen; President/CFO GreatPoint Energy
Co-Founder and Advisor
Co-founder Coatue (acquired by AMD), GreatPoint Energy, Oasys water, AltaRock, Sirtris (acquired by GSK), and Zafgen (IPO)
CEO of Power Communications, previously Director of Communications at New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)
HR and Corporate Services Advisor
Previously Chief People and Corporate Services Officer at Sungevity, Chief People Officer at Vendini, and HR Advisor to Marin Clean Energy