infiniRel improves reliability, availability, and affordability of renewable energy solutions.
The infiniRel team brings together industry veterans from the semiconductors, telecom, solar, and automotive segments. Individuals who have demonstrated major achievements in their sectors by advancing technologies and business processes through leadership, including executive leadership roles. The team has dedicated their last decade to improving the renewable energy industry, providing the company with a strong understanding of reliability, global experience, and a combination of technical, supply chain operations, and business in the green economy.
Who We Are and What We Do
infiniRel improves the profitability of utility scale solar plants by assessing operational efficiencies and extending the life critical assets, electronics, such as inverters and battery energy storage systems.
Renewable Energy Service Providers, Independent Power Producers, and Renewable Energy Investors would benefit from risk mitigation, lower cost, and greater profitability through our technology-enabled service, when our process for infinite Reliability is applied to their Operations and Maintenance teams.
infiniRel is a technology company located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Our mission is to make renewable energy available, reliable, and affordable - at any time. All the time.
Operators benefit from a value-priced business model that offers maximum availability of inverters. The telecom industry offered “5-nines” of up-time, or 99.999% of the time. The automotive industry measures failure rates in parts per million, ppm.
We bring telecom uptime with automotive reliability to the renewable energy market.
Bert Wank, Founder & CEO
Bert Wank, is a veteran of the semiconductor industry. He has defined, launched, and grown 14 power and battery management product lines for companies that were acquired for $10-Bn. His work includes the definition of the first Lithium-Ion safety chip, still in production today. Bert served as expert witness for battery management, served as an external director on the Board of a private equity roll-up. He holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of Co-operative Education at Lörrach, Germany and an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management. His passion for sustainable, reliable, power is complemented by co-founder and VP Operations, William "Bill" Allen.
William Allen, Co-Founder, VP Operations
William (Bill) Allen developed multiple industrial and construction equipment products in the U.S. and Europe and started a consulting company to support renewable energy deployment in China. He also led an expansion project in India which created the infrastructure for a $60M output business. Bill holds an B.S. in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Vlerick, Belgium.
Andreas Schneider, Advisor, CMO-in-Residence
Andreas Scheider joined the team in late 2019. Andreas has built a sales pipeline of over $3 Bn. and recently served as Director for Global Services for Kaco new energy, an inverter manufacturer who was acquired by Siemens in 2018. He previously served as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Italia, where he led major Telecom IP transformation programs, and served as country manager Italy for Deutsche Telekom building up the telecom operator WIND. Throughout his career he worked on all continents, successfully facilitated several business turn-arounds and engaged in various start-ups. Andreas holds an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Carrie Nikitin, Advisor Business Strategy
Carrie Nikitin is a five-time CEO with two successful exits, a serial entrepreneur, board member and advisor in the energy, tech, and health/wellness spaces. Currently the CEO of Avatekh, an Intellectual Property company specializing in power management and noise filtering, she also is a Co-Founder of RenalMate, a patient management platform for chronic kidney disease, an advisor for Angel-to-Exit angel investment group, and serves as Board member and advisor for Innovation-For-Good, and as Business Strategist and Chair of the Sustainable Communities Project for Powerful Women International Connections.
Ronnie Pettersson, Advisor Product Strategy
Ronnie joined infiniRel’s as a solar industry pioneer after providing SaaS based monitoring and management solutions for solar electric plants for over 15 years. In 2004, he co-founded Energy Recommerce as its CTO and in less than 5 years grew its Condition Monitoring services to 30% market share in the US, with commercial customers like Costco, Ikea, and Walmart, and PPA customers like Solar Power Partners and MMA Renewable Ventures.
Through a few acquisitions, Ronnie has most recently served as ABB’s Vice President of Product Management, providing leadership for ABB’s group wide IIOT Ability™ Platform.
Charles Nunu, Advisor
Charles Nunu has been infiniRel's advisor since 2012. He grew the value of an emissions-trading company he founded from $4-M to $120-M when he sold his stake in the company. His global expertise in policy, stakeholder management and business strategy has been instrumental in guiding infiniRel.
Bert, Andreas and Charles are all alumni of Thunderbird School of Global Management, each received their MBA in International Business in different years. Thunderbird, America's first school of international trade was established in 1946. Arizona State University acquired the school in 2014.
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