Traction + Momentum = Formula for Success
- Idea inspired by a former Navy SEAL
- Company founded as a Public Benefits Corporation (PBC) September 23, 2016
- Feasibility Report completed
2017 to 2019
- Prototype #1 completed
- Patent filed 10,584,585
- Prototype # 2 completed
- De-risked subsystems
- Research & Development
- Patent filed 11,136,886-B1
- Awarded Patent 10,584,585
- Filed for utility status and CPCN in California
- Awarded $6 million in contracts
- Signed MSA with Black & Veatch
Granted utility status and CPCN in:
- New York
Awarded Patent 11,136,886-B1
- Named “Hottest Startup of 2022”
- Won 1st Place at four consecutive Angel/VC pitch events
- Granted utility status and CPCN in:
- New Jersey
- Won Platinum Honor from Pepperdine University as a “Most Fundable Company”
- Finalist! PG&E/Department of Energy (DOE) Paid Pilot
- Awarded 1st Place PitchForce
- Launched and closed a Pre-Seed funding round with >$7M at a $37M post-money valuation, 40% oversubscribed. We were told it was one of the largest Pre-Seed funding rounds in history.
- Granted utility status and CPCN in:
- Built our MVP (Minimum Viable Product), our first field-ready Plasm Trenching System℠ that can trench in hard rock (including basalt and quartzite) at speeds of up to 600 meters per day (1m deep, 0.5m wide).
- Filed a provisional patent with 13 new claims for plasma trenching.
Leadership and Advisory Team
Visionaries, Luminaries, Leaders, Doers
And the ones who look after us (Board Members and Key Advisors)
Troy Helming, Founder and CEO
Troy Helming is a visionary entrepreneur, innovator, and clean energy pioneer. As a creator, he’s founded companies that have generated more than $10 billion in economic impact to date and invented two technologies that have led to more than 40 clean energy patent claims.
Troy was the founder and CEO of two impactful clean energy companies: TradeWind Energy, which he founded in 1998 and sold in 2004 (>$10 billion of wind projects were built by the company he founded since then, and was the #1 Wind Developer in the USA in 2017) and then Pristine Sun: >350 solar projects built so far totaling $1 billion in market value (including projects sold to other companies such as Renesola (NYSE: SOL) and Enerparc) and many high profile projects including the largest floating solar project award in North America and the largest community solar projects in both Vermont and Wisconsin. He’s the author of the 2005 book The Clean Power Revolution, co-inventor of FloatoRack (an innovative floating solar system with multiple patents pending), and inventor of the Red Gopher (a world-changing robotic tunneling technology).
Co-Founder and COO
With more than 25 years and 7,000 MW of experience in the renewable energy, construction, and communication industries, Scott brings operations, planning, and implementation skills forged by real-world experience. His experience spans North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean. His project development roles include senior-level positions at enXco, EDF Renewables, and Centauri Energy. His background includes wind, solar, biomass, biogas, energy storage, satellite earth stations, microwave, fiber, and cellular projects. Scott’s track record of creative problem solving using new technologies and processes has been instrumental in creating many of the company’s systems and operations.
Senior Vice President, Project Development
Jeff has worked for more than 25 years in project management and daily operations for the renewable energy, utility, and telecommunication industries. He oversees the engineering and construction of utility projects, including substations, solar farms, wind farms, transmission lines, and telecommunication facilities. He also oversees property acquisition and land use approvals. Internationally, he oversaw successful large-scale projects in Colombia and Indonesia — often in hazardous scenarios. He has overseen projects exceeding $450 million, working for EDF Renewable Energy, enXco, JES Engineering, Alcoa, Koll, Bechtel, AT&T, Motorola, Sprint, Verizon, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Rachel Payne is a Portfolio Director at X, Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory, overseeing a portfolio of climate infrastructure projects. She originally joined Google in January 2005 as Senior Program Officer on the founding team of Google.org, working closely with the executive team to create the blueprint for the first corporate, hybrid investment and philanthropic fund. She helped operationalize the founders’ vision for impact, built strategic partnerships, collaborated with cross-functional teams, and developed the initial strategy, focus areas, funding programs and diligence processes for climate change and sustainable global development. Rachel later co-founded Google Africa to localize core platforms and build mobile, energy and internet infrastructure across the continent with leadership and support from the business operations, infrastructure, engineering, product and EMEA teams. Her team won Google’s first award at Mobile World Congress (GSMA) for “Best Mobile Apps for Social and Economic Development” alongside partners MTN and Grameen Technology Center. She was a leader for the Global Alliances team, forging and deepening strategic relationships with Google’s top partners globally. Prior to her role at X, Rachel was a Managing Director at a private equity fund focused on climate infrastructure and helped set up an early stage climate tech VC fund. Rachel also ran for U.S. Congress in the 2018 election cycle. Rachel is also a serial entrepreneur, most recently as CEO and Co-Founder of Prizma AI.
Rachel has a MBA from Stanford, attended Doshisha University in Japan, received her BA from Smith College, taught a course she designed at U.C. Berkeley, and is a faculty advisor for the M.S. in Sustainability Engineering at Loyola Marymount University. Payne also serves on the board of directors for EarthGrid, Dashboard Earth and EarthStudios.
Joan Plastiras, Ph.D.
Joan Plastiras is a startup investor, advisor, consultant, and board member. She connects with startups as an advisor for Silicon Catalyst, Skydeck, and KYTO and as a member of Life Science Angels and the Band. Joan also participates in the UC Davis Entrepreneurial Academy for the national labs and advise national lab staff members who seek to commercialize their technology.
In the past, Joan worked for two start-up companies that went IPO. At Lockheed Martin/Advanced Technology Center, she created, staffed, and ran a department responsible for risk, quality, reliability, systems safety, personal and environmental protection. She led the first probabilistic risk assessment for NASA on the main engine main pressurization system following a shuttle disaster. At Sandia National Labs, Joan identified how a terrorist group could exploit a design vulnerability to access and use a tactical nuclear weapon. Her discovery forced a shutdown of the manufacturing line to facilitate a complete redesign. She used insolation data to show that a solar power plant could not effectively address peak air conditioning loads in Los Angelos and presented her study as an invited speaker at the second international solar conference. Joan is a licensed mechanical engineer (California).
Dr. Daniel Kammen
Dr. Daniel M. Kammen is a Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed by then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in April 2010 as the first energy fellow of the new Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) initiative. In 2016 he was asked to serve as the Science Envoy for U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which he did until August, 2017 when he resigned over the policies and actions of Donald Trump.
Throughout her regulatory career, Rachelle has forged deep ties throughout the telecommunications, energy, and transportation industry. She has an expansive local, state, and Federal agency network that gives her a unique ability to assist companies in understanding governmental processes, reduce red tape, advocate policy in California and in Washington, D.C., and expedite projects.
As interim General Counsel of Sidecar and regulatory consultant to Lyft, she forged new regulations and laws for sharing economy ridesharing providers. As Comcast’s VP Government Affairs, she worked with broad coalitions that achieved legislative and regulatory success in minimizing regulation of IP-enabled services and maintaining a cable industry tax exemption resulting in $15M in negative taxes. She led the company’s California community investment program.
As Governor Schwarzenegger appointee to the California’s Public Utilities Commission, Rachelle became the state agency’s point person for telecom, broadband, digital literacy, and internet policies involving work with the Federal Communications Commission, Dept. of Commerce’s NTIA, Department of Energy, and Dept. of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service. She created a $100M CA Advanced Services Fund to deliver broadband infrastructure to areas without broadband or dial-up internet service. She also helped lead efforts to form CA Telehealth Network with an FCC grant. Rachelle’s efforts helped to successfully update the state’s telecommunications regulatory framework, reduce consumer complaint backlogs, and bring modern telephone devices to people with disabilities. Additionally, she led nation-leading energy dockets on Smart Grid, Electric Vehicles, and Dynamic Pricing & Demand Response.
Curt Hébert, J.D.
Throughout Hébert’s career, he had worked on gas pipeline projects, gas storage projects, electric transmission and generation and finally was spending much of his time on nuclear efforts with Entergy. His diverse range of talents, education and application of fundamentals in the energy space gave rise to his founding of Lexicon Strategy Group. Hébert joined Entergy Corporation as Executive Vice President, External Affairs in 2001 after a lengthy career as a government energy regulator at both the federal and state levels and left in 2010.
He supervised the company’s system regulatory efforts and strategies, system and federal government relations, environmental policy, external and internal communications, and corporate contribution functions. A member of the Office of Chief Executive reporting to Entergy’s Chair and CEO. Hébert served four years in Washington as a presidential appointee to the FERC. He was nominated to a Republican seat on FERC by President Clinton in 1997 and named chair by President Bush in January, 2001. At 38 years of age became the youngest chairman in FERC’s history. During Hébert’s tenure at FERC he led efforts to restructure the electric utility and natural gas pipeline industries to promote competition. He stepped down from the commission on August 31, 2001 to accept his position with Entergy. Hébert was also chairman of the Mississippi Public Service Commission and a leader of the Mississippi Legislature. His public service began with his 1987 election to the House of Representatives, where he served until 1992. During that time he chaired both the House Oil and Gas Committee and the House Ways and Means Severance Subcommittee. In 1992 Hébert was appointed by Governor Fordice to the Mississippi Public Service Commission. At age 29 he was the youngest public service commissioner in the nation and the youngest in Mississippi’s history. He was elected to a second term on the commission in 1995 and served as the commission’s chairman.