SACRAMENTO, Calif. (PRWEB) February 16, 2021
Wellhead Electric Company is pleased to announce that Dr. Craig R. Horne recently joined the Wellhead family of companies as the Managing Director of Energy Storage. Dr. Horne will lead Wellhead’s energy storage business unit and be responsible for the design and deployment of storage projects throughout Wellhead’s portfolio of sites.
Dr. Horne brings an impressive background of education and experience including 30 years of energy technology and engineering experience, a Ph.D. from UC Berkley in Materials Science & Mineral Engineering, prestigious professional honors and awards, numerous patents and journal publications. He is former Board Chair of the Energy Storage Association (ESA) and remains actively involved in several other industry and community organizations.
Dr. Horne had the following comments about this opportunity. “I am excited to become part of the innovative and entrepreneurial Wellhead family and augment our role in increasing the reliability and sustainability of the US electric grid. The accomplishments by the Wellhead team over nearly four decades has resulted in patents on transformative technologies like the Electric Gas Turbine/EGT® platform for existing resources. I’m excited about the potential of using energy storage technology to significantly reduce GHG emissions and water consumption at gas turbine sites. Wellhead’s inventive culture is a true incubator for creating unique approaches to optimize storage economics and using novel technologies as the basis of clean, reliable generation projects.”
Hal Dittmer, president and founder of Wellhead, commented on Dr Horne joining the Wellhead team. “Craig is a 20 plus year pioneer in energy storage in the roles of engineer, entrepreneur, inventor and business leader. We are delighted that Craig has joined the Wellhead team. He will contribute incredible talent, energy, and experience to our business plans. Wellhead’s business roots are in gas turbines and gas-fired projects but we believe it is important to transition to a sustainable GHG-free energy system as soon as possible. We think there will be a phase in energy projects where combining gas turbines and energy storage will be an important transitional technology. In the longer run, we see that energy storage technologies will do most of the “energy work” and gas turbines will be fueled with either renewable natural gas or hydrogen and will operate when where long duration is critical. Energy storage technologies will play an increasingly important and eventually dominant role and Craig will very effectively lead that effort at Wellhead, across the US and internationally.
Wellhead and affiliates are a 35-year-old, privately-owned family of energy companies headquartered in Sacramento, California. Wellhead has a portfolio of over 650 MW of natural gas, combined heat and power, solar PV and energy storage projects that are either operational or in advanced stages of development. Wellhead typically carries out energy projects from beginning to end including development, engineering, construction, ownership, and operation. Wellhead is a qualified scheduling coordinator with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and operates a 24-hour desk that carries out scheduling coordinator, trading, and settlement functions.