11/20/2013

Bernd Kohlstruck joins i-Energy as Global Sales Vice President to lead international expansion

i-Energy announced the appointment of Bernd Kohlstruck as Vice President, Global Sales. Mr. Kohlstruck brings to i-Energy over 20 years of international sales, marketing and management experience, with a proven track record of business leadership in the solar and wind power electronics field. i-Energy is a Taiwan-based leading developer and supplier of advanced photovoltaic power conversion and optimization products. The company was founded in 2009 and designed, developed and manufactures one of the most efficient microinverters worldwide.

“We are excited about Bernd Kohlstruck joining the i-Energy team,” said Dr. Steven Huang, CEO of i-Energy. “With a proven track record of business development and leadership in solar and wind power electronics, Bernd Kohlstruck is well qualified to create new opportunities for i-Energy. His experience and knowledge of the markets will be instrumental in our efforts to expand regional sales and service support for both existing and new markets for i-Energy, including a push into retail channels in Europe.“

Prior to joining i-Energy, Mr. Kohlstruck was Vice President of Sales & Marketing – Europe and Managing Director for Enecsys Europe GmbH, in Bad Homburg, Germany, where he was tasked with developing the European microinverter market. Prior to that he was for nearly nine years in the US as Vice President , Xantrex Technology with various responsibilities before he moved back to Germany to become Managing Director for Xantrex Technology, Inc., in Berlin, Germany, where he helped establish Xantrex as a major player in the European commercial and industrial solar markets. The qualified power electronics engineer also served as Managing Director at Alstom/Ballard, a joint venture between fuel cell company Ballard Power Systems and Alstom, and headed AEG’s Power Supply Systems and Decentralized Power Supply business units.

“I believe that the former incentive driven solar markets will provide solutions to achieve grid parity or even more economy compared to the grid. Self-consumption will become key and I have always aspired to contribute with a smart and competitive solution", said Mr. Kohlstruck and added that i-Energy gives him the highest confidence that this aspiration is achievable.

Source: i-Energy