NEW YORK – Albany battery startup BessTech announced that Doug Grose, former CEO of GlobalFoundries, has joined the company as its chief technology officer. Grose retired from GlobalFoundries where he served as CEO for three years.
“I am thrilled to join BessTech and to assist the company in capturing a share of the fast-growing global market for next-generation battery technology,” Grose said in a release. “As the use of mobile technology rises exponentially, BessTech is well positioned to capitalize on the critical need for smaller, lighter and more powerful batteries, and well served by its presence in New York’s world-class nanotechnology ecosystem.”
BessTech is a spinoff of the State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic and uses licensed materials to develop low-cost, high-performance, silicon-based anodes for lithium-ion battery applications. The startup has a focus on design and integration CEO Fernando Gómez-Baquero said, and new materials are on its roadmap.
“We believe there is a great opportunity in applying the expertise, constant improvement roadmap, and the manufacturing efficiency of the semiconductor world into the energy storage space,” Gómez-Baquero said in a release. “I can’t think of anyone better than Doug Grose to help BessTech bring that revolutionary change to the lithium-ion battery world.”
Grosse said he hopes to leverage his experience in the semiconductor industry, which has similar power and manufacturing challenges, to make strategic connections and partnerships. As CTO – a position he did not define as full- or part-time – Grose will be responsible for creating “new capabilities and new manufacturing techniques that will evolve” and leverage existing semiconductor technology.
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