ViZn Energy Growing Fast in Columbia Falls, Added 45 Employees in Two Years: Q&A with Paul Siblerud, V.P. Product Management
Company: ViZn Energy
Location: Columbia Falls, MT
Industry: Energy Storage
Founded: 2009 as Zinc Air, Inc.
Employees: more than 60
Ron Van Dell – CEO/President
Craig Wilkins – Board Chairman
John Lowell – COO
Mike Grunow – VP Marketing
Paul Siblerud – VP Product Marketing
Kevin Waldher – VP Finance
Jeff Hider – Controller
“As a startup, time is precious and limited. But we take advantage of the same activities that draw millions to Montana for vacations. A hike in Glacier Park, campsite BBQ, huckleberry picking or hooking that sweet brookie in a mountain stream, it’s easy to escape, just hard to choose.”– Paul Siblerud, V.P. Product Management, ViZn Energy
How did ViZn Energy get started?
Founded in 2009 as Zinc Air Inc., and based on ten previous years of research in the Department of Energy, ViZn commercializes energy storage systems for mega-watt applications. The ViZn solution is safe, reliable, cost-effective and scalable to meet the needs of today’s ever changing energy landscape.
What industry does your company serve?
Who are your customers?
Utilities, Renewable energy developers and large commercial operations.
What does your company do?
By combining batteries with renewable energy we can reduce diesel consumption by 75% and reduce the cost of electricity by 40-50% over diesel generation alone. For commercial and industrial, islanding communities and remote power applications, energy storage changes the financial viability of storage solutions. The unique combination of long cycle life, plus high power and high capacity in the ViZn flow battery offers the best value for micro-grids and commercial & industrial applications.
Who do you hire?
What is special about ViZn Energy?
In addition, Black and Veatch provided a third party review of the design, performance, and manufacturing quality of ViZn flow batteries and company capabilities and presented a positive bankability study. Also, ViZn Energy has been chosen as the worthy recipient of the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award.
Is there a story that best illustrates what you do and why you do it?
ViZn Energy enables renewable energy to be a fully dispatch-able asset as well as grid stability. In addition, our technology is key to enabling remote micro-grid energy supply to regions that have poor to no energy supply. ViZn stabilizes and enables.
What are your plans for the future?
Continued growth, both in N.W. Montana but around the world.
Why are you in Montana?
What do you do for fun outside of work?
Is there anything else you want us to know?
ViZn Energy Website
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