Our Team

The Gridtential Energy Management Team comprises a group of serial inventors and entrepreneurs who have spent much of their careers starting and growing Silicon Valley technology companies.

In addition, we are joined by Strategic Partners who provide critical technical, operational and financial support.

Management Team


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Christiaan Beekhuis, CEO

Christiaan Beekhuis joined Gridtential Energy in 2011 to build out the company and commercialize the technology.

In 2003, Mr. Beekhuis founded Fat Spaniel Technologies and, as President & Chief Technology Officer, built it into a leading provider of renewable energy performance monitoring services. In 2010, Fat Spaniel Technologies was sold to PowerOne (NASDAQ: PWER).

Previously Mr. Beekhuis was the VP Engineering at eFinance.com, where he was responsible for the team that developed an early e-commerce platform for small business loan origination. From 1993-1998 Mr. Beekhuis was a Software Development Team Lead in the Desktop Software Group at Silicon Graphics.

Mr. Beekhuis holds 5 patents in software technology related to Graphical User Interfaces as well as renewable energy monitoring. He holds an MS degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University and a BA degree in Computer Science from Cornell University.

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Peter Borden, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Advisor

Dr. Peter Borden is co-founder of Gridtential Energy, developing proprietary energy storage solutions. He advises companies on renewable energy product strategies, and serves on the energy advisory board of two venture capital funds. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University, where he teaches classes on photovoltaics and batteries, including “Energy Storage: Essential Component in Renewable Energy Solutions”. Dr. Borden pioneered cross-disciplinary battery research between Jasper Ridge, the School of Engineering, and the Department of Chemistry at Santa Clara University.

Previously, with Applied Materials, he developed both silicon and thin film technologies in the Solar Business Group. He conceived, demonstrated and patented a process and equipment now being implemented for silicon solar cell manufacturing. Dr. Borden joined Applied in 2003 with its acquisition of Boxer Cross, a VC-backed company that he co-founded in 1997. There he developed metrology systems using DFM processes, which targeted IC manufacturing process control. Earlier he pioneered commercially successful in-situ particle monitoring systems for VLSI process equipment as the CTO and founder of High Yield Technology, acquired by Pacific Scientific. Earlier, at Varian Associates, he led the Photovoltaics Group, setting performance records with III-V and silicon concentrator cells and systems, sponsored by Sandia National Labs, NREL and the Air Force.

Dr. Borden has over 80 publications and 68 patents. Dr. Borden holds PhD and MS degrees in Applied Physics from Stanford and BS degrees in Physics and EE from MIT, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

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Michele Klein, Co-Founder and Director

Michele Klein is co-founder of Gridtential Energy, developing proprietary energy storage solutions. She pioneered energy storage research at Santa Clara University, launching cross-disciplinary battery research in 2010. From 2006-2010, Ms. Klein was Senior Director of Applied Ventures LLC, the venture capital arm of Applied Materials, responsible for renewable energy and energy storage. She identified and invested in 9 new companies and served on the boards of 7 companies, including Enphase Energy and Infinite Power Solutions. Before joining Applied, she co-founded, led and sold two VC-backed technology companies making manufacturing process control equipment, and served on the boards of both companies. Ms. Klein was CEO of Boxer Cross, Inc. from 1997 to 2003, when it was acquired by Applied Materials. She led a previous start-up, High Yield Technology, from 1986-1996, when it was acquired by Pacific Scientific. In these leadership roles she raised funding from venture capitalists, investment banks and strategic partners. Prior to that, Ms. Klein held management positions at Knoll International and Hewlett-Packard.

Ms. Klein serves on the advisory boards of two venture funds, the Silicon Valley Association for Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE), SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium and Stanford’s “Women on Boards”. Ms. Klein has been an invited speaker or judge for NREL’s Emerging Growth Forum, SVASE Launch Silicon Valley, cleantech events and SCU’s “Energy Storage: Essential Component in Renewable Energy Solutions”.

Ms. Klein earned a BS from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Advisory Board


The Gridtential 2014 Advisory Board is a group of engaged and active individuals who add their extensive industry and business experience to the Gridtential team.

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Dr. Ryan Wartena– Electrochemistry – Former Post Doctoral Researcher, Naval Research Labs; Chief Strategy Officer & Founder, Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

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Michael Breen– Strategy, Battery Industry – Former CFO Xtreme Power; CEO, Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

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Robert Dickinson – Strategy; Semiconductor Industry – Former CEO California Micro Devices; President, Argos Analytics, LLC

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Dr. William Tiedemann – Electrochemistry – Former Vice President of Advanced Battery Research, Johnson Controls, Inc.

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Ed Schummer – Strategy; Technology Licensing – Former Senior VP Consumer Products Dolby Labs; President, Triangle Licensing, LLC.

Strategic Partners


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Intevac, Inc., (NASDAQ: IVAC) was founded in 1991. Intevac is a leading provider of cost-effective, advanced equipment and products to the hard disk drive, solar and photonics industries. Intevac is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and has a global presence with offices across the United States and Asia, with manufacturing facilities in California, Wyoming and Singapore. Intevac is the world’s leading supplier of magnetic media processing systems, having shipped more than 220 media manufacturing systems to their customers in the hard disk drive industry. Intevac also designs highly innovative capital equipment, based on our production-proven hard disk drive platform, for the solar industry. Intevac’s lean design principles enable them to provide their customers with extremely efficient equipment solutions which meet the requirements of evolving technology

Intevac is providing technical and manufacturing support for a critical component of the Gridtential Energy product. Their assistance is enabling Gridtential to accelerate its development in support of a California Energy Commission funded project.

Intevac, Inc., (NASDAQ: IVAC) was founded in 1991. Intevac is a leading provider of cost-effective, advanced equipment and products to the hard disk drive, solar and photonics industries. Intevac is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and has a global presence with offices across the United States and Asia, with manufacturing facilities in California, Wyoming and Singapore.

Intevac is the world’s leading supplier of magnetic media processing systems, having shipped more than 220 media manufacturing systems to their customers in the hard disk drive industry. Intevac also designs highly innovative capital equipment, based on their production-proven hard disk drive platform, for the solar industry. Intevac’s lean design principles enable them to provide their customers with extremely efficient equipment solutions which meet the requirements of evolving technology.