Innovation in Energy: Robert Piconi
Online every Friday during the academic year, the Student Innovation Center will feature “Flagship Fridays What IF – Innovators Forum,” an interviewer-moderated, online conversation with leaders representing a diverse scope and scale of innovation. Industry mavericks will share their personal stories as well as their perspectives on how, where, when and why innovation is such a critical driver of social and economic progress and sustainability.
Today’s session will feature Robert Piconi, co-founder and chief executive officer of Energy Vault, responsible for the overall vision, strategic direction and operational performance of the company.
Energy Vault creates highly disruptive and innovative solutions focused on long duration, utility-scale energy storage that for the first time enables renewables to deliver baseload power 24/7 below the cost of fossil fuels. The company was named one of the World Economic Forum’s 100 Technology Pioneers of 2020.
Piconi’s experience includes prior executive leadership roles in Fortune 100 public companies across various industries, including Diversified Energy (Amoco/British Petroleum), Telecommunications (Bell LabsLucent Technologies, Alcatel), and Security/Network Management Software(Danaher Corporation). Within the private sector, he also founded and developed several innovative health care service and medical device companies within the European market which were later acquired by private equity funds and/or large industry conglomerates.