Panelist on Industrial Energy Storage: Tom Stepien

Tom Stepien is CEO of Primus Power, a leader in utility-scale electrical energy storage.
He helped launch Primus Power in early 2009 and raised over $30 million from venture capital sources and government grants. He has over 25 years of engineering, operations, and general management experience at small and large companies. Prior to joining Primus, Tom was a Vice President and General Manager at Applied Materials, a Fortune 500 provider of semiconductor, solar, and flat panel display equipment and services. He had P&L responsibility for a $500M business unit with complex set of systems, global customers, manufacturing and support.

He has expertise in industrial robotics and control systems having lead efforts at Applied, Novellus Systems and Draper Laboratory. He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT where he was a Pi Tau Sigma, Bendix and Alpha Tau Omega scholar. He currently serves on industrial advisory board for the MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing &Productivity.

Tom was a co-captain and three year letterman for the MIT Varsity Crew Team. He was born & raised in Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his lovely wife and two kids. His enjoys mechanical tinkering, pheasant hunting, photography and golf. He serves on the Northern California board of Special Olympics and served in his youth as a camp counselor for special needs kids.

About Primus Power 

Primus Power is a leader in low-cost, grid-scale energy storage solutions with a scalable, distributed system that economically serves multiple storage applications including transmission capacity, renewable energy integration and frequency regulation. With patent-pending innovations in chemistry, cell design and system engineering, the Primus’ EnergyCell and EnergyPods™ products offer exceptional power density and portability at industry-low prices.

Primus is the only company to receive government grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), and the California Energy Commission (CEC). Its technology stands to revolutionize the economics, stability, and security of the electric grid, while accelerating the incorporation of renewable wind and solar energy.