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Tom Dinwoodie invests in, joins APL Board

Renewable energy pioneer Tom Dinwoodie leads investment round
and joins APL Board of Directors.

We are thrilled to announce that Tom Dinwoodie, a Bay Area legend in renewable energy, has just joined the APL team, becoming the latest addition to our board of directors.

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Twenty-five years ago and just one block from the APL headquarters in Berkeley, CA, Tom Dinwoodie founded PowerLight Corporation.  He grew PowerLight from a start up to a $250+ million dollar powerhouse that later merged with solar giant SunPower, where he went on to serve as the CTO of SunPower Systems Business.  “All Power Labs has an exciting technology with an extraordinary potential to make a meaningful impact on energy access and climate change.  I’m looking forward to helping them bring it to scale,” said Dinwoodie.

Dinwoodie serves on the boards of Etrion Corporation and the Rocky Mountain Institute, as well as the Sierra Club’s Climate Cabinet and Scientific Advisory Panel. He holds numerous patents on PV and related products. He has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and an M.A. in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

In addition to his board position, Dinwoodie has made the initial investment into a bridge round APL is raising, as a precursor to a Series A round. “Our goal is to make renewable energy available anywhere, for under $1 per watt capital cost,” said APL CEO Jim Mason. “With $2M in CEC grants already awarded and a large project pipeline, this round will enable us to continue our rapid innovation and continued maturation of our products.”

Tom Dinwoodie is the latest addition to a growing team of experts on the APL Board of Directors. In February, Dr. Dan Kammen, founder of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley, and author since 1999 on the IPCC report on climate change, joined the APL board. Another member will be announced within the next two weeks.

“There are 1.8 billion people in the world without access to energy.  Biomass gasification with biochar off-take is one of the few current scenarios for carbon negative energy. If we are going to make a meaningful impact on climate change, we have to do more than just stop using fossil fuels; we need to actually take carbon out of the atmosphere while generating energy—and our devices do exactly that,” said Mason. “With this board, we now have a world class team of leading experts in renewable energy, climate change, and biomass gasification, all working to bring this technology to wide adoption.”

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