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eQsolaris, a Delaware C corporation, is a synergist company that includes Kyosemi Corporation, a Japanese optoelectric and solar energy company; Energy Related Devices, a Los Alamos, New Mexico energy research and technology development firm; and Mihama Group, a Japanese chemical and materials company. Together the three companies share 2 world wide patent applications, scientific intellectual resources, capital, and distribution.

Key Personnel

Robert Hockaday — President and CEO

Robert Hockaday, President, Energy Related Devices Inc.
Robert Hockaday is the principal investigator and innovator of Energy Related Devices. He was a member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory staff from 1984 until 1994, when he took Entrepreneurial Leave of Absence to pursue full-time development of technologies for Energy Related Devices, a company he founded in 1987. Energy Related Devices has researched and developed fuel cells, solar cells, windmills, catalytic heaters, battery vents, and reactive apparel. The theme of the company is "Nature provides the models for energy solutions". In 1998 Energy Related Devices established a relationship with Manhattan Scientifics a publicly traded company to develop the MicroFuel Cell and micro-mirror solar cell technology. The MicroFuel Cell technology in 2005 was licensed by Energy Related Devices to a manufacturer in Singapore. In April 2003 using goggle technology and intellectual property developed by Energy Related Devices, an eyewear company, Arena LLC, was created. Energy Related Devices has created, patented, and licensed a Membrane Catalytic Heaters to a Japanese company and two US companies. During his tenure at Los Alamos, Mr. Hockaday was the principal investigator of projects involving the development, calibration and analysis of high-speed x-ray diagnostic experiments on underground nuclear tests. He also conducted plasma experiments at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and Triniti Laboratory in Troisk, Russia. For his innovative research and leadership qualities, he received two Awards of Excellence and a Distinguished Performance Award from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Relevant Publications

  • Hockaday, R., Grimmer, R., Schoenmackers, and V. Risser, Fuel Cells for Photovoltaic Systems applications, New Mexico State University, 1984
  • Hockaday, R., Development and Modeling of the Homoporous Electrode Fuel Cell, Masters Thesis, New Mexico State University, 1984
  • Popular Science, Nov. 1994, "Theories on Solar-Powered Space Vehicles (Space Dragsters)"
  • 16 US patents granted or pending.
  • 42 foreign patents granted or pending.

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of Industry Week’s Technology of the Year Award, 1999
  • Co-recipient of 1992 Award of Excellence for Significant Contribution to the Nuclear Weapons Program for the Lubbock Experimental Team (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
  • Co-recipient of the 1990 Award of Excellence for Significant Contribution to the Nuclear Weapons Program for the Centurion Team (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
  • Co-recipient of 1989 distinguished Performance Award for the Bowie Team (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Education

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 1984
B.S. Physics, University of Hawaii, 1979

Davin Saderholm — VP of Product Development

A product development engineer and executive, Davin Saderholm developed the first "designed from the ground up" eyewear products for the tactical and military markets utilizing patented anti-fog/anti-dust technology and patent pending lens technology. As a Principal Research Engineer for Oakley Inc. he participated in the development of the first magnesium eyewear with advanced corrosion protective coating and developed concepts and managed team responsible for creating innovative electronics products to be incorporated into Oakley's current product base.

Mr. Sanderholm expertise also includes engineering automotive safety equipment including designing a driver airbag module costing 35% less than the competition by reducing parts from 22 to 6; participating in the development of the first side impact protection airbag systems for Autoliv (then known as Morton). Mr. Sanderholm supervised a team of seven engineers in development of advanced side impact protection airbag systems and developed design and manufacturing standards for advanced airbag systems for the worldwide automotive industry. In addition he spent a year training engineers in Germany to develop state of the art side impact protection airbag systems.

Davin Saderholm holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. He holds Hold multiple patents through Autoliv (formerly Morton) and participated in several patent applications and patents with Oakley and key patents for Arena Industries LLC.

Bjorn Jonsson — VP of Business Development/Sales and Marketing

Currently President of RE/AX with 18 years experience in sales/marketing and business development for large and small corporations in various growth industries including start-up ventures, Bjorn Jonsson brings extensive leadership experience in international business, dealing with big box retailers, and the carbon offset industry.

Bjorn Jonson holds, a B.A. in Business Administration from Vanguard University (1985-1989) and a M.B.A from Pepperdine University (1990-1992)

Jim LoGerfo — CFO

James LoGerfo is a general partner with Earthrise Capital, an investment management company created to invest in sustainable energy companies.

James LoGerfo has spent most of the last decade in energy finance, working with traditional and next-generation energy and power companies in a number of capacities – as a public equity trader, private equity portfolio manager, Wall Street research analyst and investment banker. Mr. LoGerfo is the Founder and Principal of Vortex Energy LLC, a research and strategic consulting firm serving the energy and environmental technology industries. He is also a Managing Director of BOVARO Partners, an investment bank and NASD member firm offering a full range of corporate finance and M&A advisory services to traditional energy companies, as well as emerging energy and environmental technology clients. Mr. LoGerfo and his colleagues collectively have executed over $100 billion of transactions for energy-focused companies of virtually every size and description.

Prior to forming Vortex, Mr. LoGerfo spent six years on Wall Street, most recently at Bank of America, where he led the formation of a highly successful energy technology banking and research team. Mr. LoGerfo was widely recognized as a top energy tech research analyst in annual Institutional Investor surveys and elsewhere. During his tenure at Bank of America, he helped to originate and close seven private and public equity and M&A transactions in energy technology worth over $650 million.

Before joining Bank of America, Mr. LoGerfo gained experience as a public and private equity investor in positions at the General Motors Pension Fund and Newbrook Capital. Mr. LoGerfo is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds Series 7 and 63 registration. He graduated from the University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa cum laude with distinction and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Mr. LoGerfo lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Earthrise Capital Fund is a venture capital fund specializing in rapidly-growing, emerging technologies which enhance critical resources, optimize industrial production, and reduce waste and emissions, particularly in the production and use of energy, power, and water. General Partners are Ann Partlow and James LoGerfo, two of the most experienced investors in the energy and environmental finance industry. Ann’s background includes over 25 years at Rockefeller & Co., managing energy and environmental public and private equities; Jim’s experience includes six years as an energy technology analyst where he was ranked the leading industry analyst by Institutional Investor when he headed that group at Bank of America Securities.

Katsuhiro (Kurt) Kawabuchi, Director

Katsuhiro Kawabuchi, PhD became a member of the Company’s board of directors in 2009. He currently serves as the President of Kyosemi Opto America Corporation, a distributor of opto semiconductors and solar cells, from 2005. Prior to joining Kyosemi Opto America Corporation, Kawabuchi was Vice President of Kyosemi Corporation from 2004 to 2005. Before joining Kyosemi Corporation, Kawabuchi was Vice President of Motorola. Prior to Motorola, he was employed by Toshiba Corporation. Kawabuchi is a member of IEEE.

Andrea Kornbluth (Mihama Corporation) — Business Development and Sales

Andrea Kornbluth works for Mihama Corporation as a Japanese/English translator. Studying to be a patent lawyer and considerable experience in Japanese/American business transactions. Mihama Corporation is a privately-owned Japanese company with an 85-year tradition of scientific innovation and professional creativity. Mihama's sales networks bring the chemical products of Japan and Asia to the world, and open the Japanese and Asian markets to international manufacturers.

Josuke Nakata  (President of Kyosemi Corporation)

Josuke Nakata was born in Japan in 1937. In 1955, he joined Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s Central Research Laboratory, where he worked on the development of electric power transistors and thyristors (1955 – 71), light-emitting diodes (1972 – 75), heat and light sensors (1976 – 77), and GaAs solar cells (1978 – 79). After leaving Mitsubishi in 1979, he established Kyoto Semiconductor (now known as Kyosemi) in April of 1980 and became its president and CEO. At Kyosemi, he has developed light-emitting diodes and photodiodes (1980 – 92), technologies for growing semiconductor crystals under microgravity, and spherical solar cells (1993 – present). His work has received recognition from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, the Ministry of Science and the New Technology Development Foundation. He is the author of numerous patents, including US 6,204,545, which describes the basic spherical solar cell technology. Mr. Nakata currently resides in Kyoto.

Tom Brennan—Advisor

Tom Brennan has a long and distinguished career as a scientist, engineer and entrepreneur advancing technologies from an R&D stage to mature, revenue generating companies. 

Mr. Brennen was involved in the start-up of several high tech companies including Abuquerque-based high technology company, MicroOptical Devices (MODE) which manufactured vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) components and integrated modules in volume. MODE was purchased by EMCORE in December, 1997. Tom Brennen then served as vice president and general manager of local Emcore division, Emcore PhotoVoltaics, before assuming leadership of Zia Laser as CEO in June, 2001.

Zia Laser. Zia Laser developed quantum dot (QD) semiconductor lasers for integration into fiber and free-space optical communication systems. 

The investment fund Zircle was established by Mr. Brennen in 2003 with the goal of raising $50 million in private and state funds to identify and advance commercial-ready technologies within the National Laboratories that are suited to needs of the corporate world.

Early in 2005 Sandia National Laboratories named Mr. Brennen as its first Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). The EIR program was initiated by Sandia to allow proven start-up entrepreneurs the opportunity to work directly with technical management and staff at Sandia to identify technologies that, when commercialized, will contribute to Sandia's national security mission and support economic diversification in New Mexico, the Bay Area of California, and throughout the nation. At that time Mr. Brennan was chairman of Medical Lighting Solutions (MLS) a company using solid state lighting to treat disease. Kevin McMahon, Sandia manager for licensing and intellectual property in a press release describing the innovative new program stated:"Tom is one of the most accomplished entrepreneurs in New Mexico," McMahon says. "He is uniquely qualified to become Sandia's first Entrepreneur in Residence due to his technical background, business acumen, knowledge and understanding of the Lab, and his extensive experience in high tech entrepreneurial endeavors associated with both Sandia and non-Sandia developed technologies."

Early in his career Tom Brennan was a member of the technical staff at Bell Communications Research from 1984 to 1986, and was an associate member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1980 to 1984. At both facilities, he focused his efforts on epitaxial materials growth and characterization, and epitaxial reactor design. He was a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories from 1986 to 1996. At Sandia, he focused his efforts on the material growth of III-V compound semiconductors, reactor design, in situ reactor diagnostics, and material characterization. His responsibilities and activities included growth of some of the first VCSEL material at Sandia and in the U.S., and development of new and unique manufacturing techniques for VCSEL material growth.

Mr. Brennan holds an AS in Chemistry from the Florida Institute of Technology, a B.S. in Biochemistry from Monmouth College, and an M.S. in Solid State Physics from Steven's Institute of Technology. He has published more than 100 articles and holds twelve patents issued and pending.

Patrick Turner

Patrick Turner has been the Vice President of ERD since 1997. Previous to his current position he was employed as a Research and Development Engineer at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Fort Pierce, Florida from 1990 to 1998. While at Harbor Branch Mr. Turner specialized in the design, development, packaging, and a deployment of small high energy density, high endurance power supplies, and instrumentation systems for oceanographic research. He was the Engineering Project Leader on a number of Harbor Branch projects including the Manatee Protection System Acoustic Test System for Production Line Transducers, and Power System for the Aquarius 2000 Surface Buoy. In addition, he gained experience in the design, analysis, and testing of various telerobotic manipulators. He worked on diver warming systems at decompression stages.

From 1984 to 1990, Mr. Turner worked as an Instrumentation Technician for the University of Hawaii Materials Research Lab while working on his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and serving in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He assisted faculty and graduate students in the design and construction of experimental apparatus for research in materials science, electrochemistry, and robotics, and earned his degree in 1990. Mr. Turner was employed by the U.S. Navy from 1978 to 1990 and is a Navy-trained Electronics Technician, U.S. Air Force-trained Precision Measurements Electronics Laboratory (PMEL) Technician, Reactor Operator, and is qualified in submarines. He worked in chemical suits and glove boxes. He designed and used his own moisture glove moisture removal system.

While at ERD Mr. Turner has contributed significantly to the development of the ERD MicroFuel CellTM and other devices. Mr. Turner developed and installed the vacuum deposition equipment in ERD’s main laboratory, designed and fabricated MicroFuel CellsTM, constructed test fixtures for the fuel cell laboratory, and built and installed the data acquisition system ERD uses for testing fuel cells. Mr. Turner has installed most of the company’s equipment, developed many of its systems, maintained test stations and equipment, and designed and engineered ERD’s fuel cells and other devices.

Marc DeJohn

Marc DeJohn holds a B.S. Chemistry/Biology from St. Ambrose University and a M.S. Electro-analytical Chemistry from University of Iowa . He is the co-author of three patents: Portable Chemical Hydrogen Hydride System, Diffusion Fuel Ampoules for Fuel Cells and Fuel Generator with Diffusion Ampoules. He is also the co-author of four pending patents: Catalytic Hydrogen Vent Filter For Batteries, Membrane Catalytic Heater, Non-fogging Goggles, Electrostatic Filtered Eye-wear.

Susan Blumenthal

Susan Blumental has more than 30 years of experience in a broad range of communication specialties including copywriting, public and media relations, technical writing, multi-media presentations and script writing. She has written dozens of documentary scientific videos and has won 27 awards including New York Festivals International Film and Video, International Cinema in Industry, Telly Awards and Absolute Excellence in Electronic Media.

Ms. Blumenthal has also been won numerous New Mexico Advertising Federation ADDY awards for print ads, brochures and media campaigns. Beside her expertise in the commercial sector, Ms. Blumenthal is also an accomplished science and medical writer. She has served as the communications director of several public companies and is the author of two books and numerous magazine articles. She attended the University of New Mexico (UNM) from 1968 to 1972 majoring in Art and Anthropology and received an B.U.S from UNM in 1990 with an emphasis in Professional Writing.