CalCharge announces new leader and world’s largest hub
CalCharge, the public-private partnership dedicated to accelerating innovation in energy storage technologies, has a new leader.
Alex Luce, who was named program manager effective Dec. 1, has already helped CalCharge partner with North America’s leading advanced battery trade association, NAATBatt International (NAATBatt).
“As the energy storage sector continues to grow and mature, the cutting-edge tools and resources available through CalCharge become ever more important,” said Luce. “Partnering with NAATBatt is a great example of how we’re continuing to expand the value proposition for our members.”
Luce brings years of technical and program-building experience to CalCharge. With deep expertise in bringing new technologies to market, capitalizing on synergies between like organizations, and understanding technical aspects of energy storage, Luce will continue to develop new opportunities and offerings for CalCharge members, with an expanded focus on testing, safety, and standards.
Before joining CalCharge, Luce worked at the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) in Washington D.C. He also worked at the early-stage investment firm Prelude Ventures, and at SkyDeck, the UC Berkeley startup accelerator. Luce earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and conducted graduate research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he served as co-president of the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative.
Luce will report to CalCharge president Danny Kennedy who also serves as managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF). Kennedy came to CalCEF from Sungevity, which he co-founded to get involved in the next big frontiers in the energy transition.
“Energy storage is key to cracking the clean energy code and decarbonizing our transportation fleet, and is essential for consumer electronics,” said Kennedy. “Alex is the perfect person to find creative avenues for our members to access resources, overcome challenges, and leverage new opportunities in the fast-changing energy storage sector.”