President & CEO of Uni Energy Technologies (UET)
Rick Winter is President and COO of UET with 28 years’ experience in innovating and commercializing storage technologies in the utility power infrastructure. He has been deeply involved in the emergence of the grid storage industry from its early stages, to the strategic imperative for grid flexibility and resiliency it is today. During this time, he was a founding member of the Electricity Storage Association in 1991, serving twice as chairman and as a board member for 18 years. Rick has been awarded the ESA Phil Symons award for his “instrumental role in the evolution of storage technologies in both the utility and battery manufacturing industries”, and the NAATBatt Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Winter’s experience ranges from managing the Storage Technologies Program at Pacific Gas & Electric, America’s largest investor-owned utility, to deploying microgrids in Australia’s Torres Strait. He has led product development at five advanced battery companies, in the process creating the world’s first commercial flow battery product (the 100kW/100kWh PowerBlock), and inventing the single loop flow battery in his garage (Pat#8039161). With a focus on technology and product strategy for high value applications, Mr. Winter holds 17 US patents with several pending and numerous abroad.
Rick is now President and COO at UniEnergy Technologies (UET), manufacturing the only containerized flow battery product available with multiple MW-scale field installations. UET’s product leverages a $350MM manufacturing consortium, PNNL’s breakthrough vanadium chemistry and extensive industrial engineering. Key attributes of UET’s fully recyclable product include no capacity fade and 100% duty cycle flexibility over a 20-year life. UET is currently in production ramp with over 175MWh of projects deployed, ordered, or awarded, with a 60,000ft2 manufacturing facility in Seattle.
Product maturity and volume pricing of both PV and ba eries are forcing an inflec on point in the design of large scale microgrids. The most economical microgrid designs can now rely on PV as the primary energy source with a bulk storage ba ery managing 24/7 load variability and fossil fuels as a backup. […]