Evolution 7 will help to revision and restructure the electric grid landscape to a decentralized, highly reliable, and secure SmartGrid infrastructure with the deployment of scalable Solar and Renewables-based MicroGrid configurations. Evolution7 Labs is composed of two business units, E7 Ventures and E7 Labs. E7 Ventures provides strategic consulting and investments using a portfolio of investment strategies for developing, owning, and operating MicroGrids and MicroGrid technology companies (distributed clean-tech power systems). E7 Labs is currently in development of state-of-the-art technology to support Microgrids where electric vehicles and solar converge and is in the R&D stage of development.
David A. Cohen, CEO. Mr. Cohen is chief operating officer and co-founder of Evolution7 which is currently developing smart EV charging software and hardware. He has over 26 years of management, product development, business development, and marketing experience for emerging renewable energy technology companies. He has specialized in the areas of renewable energy, telecommunications, and software. He has co-founded three start-up companies and has initiated and completed numerous R&D joint ventures, and partnerships in the US, Europe, Latin America, and Australia. He has developed, launched, and commercialized over 20 energy-related software products, and is nationally renowned for his pioneering work in distributed energy and SmartGrid control applications.
David recently leading the development of the industry’s first, End-to-End Building-to-Grid Smart Grid Managed Services Platform as COO of Pacfic Controls Smart Grid Services. Prior to co-founding Pacific Controls Smart Grid Services, David was CEO of and co-founder of Infotlity. At Infotility, he pioneered the development of software the Community Energy Manager to enable solar sharing in communities. As well, he developed a platfrom that was spun off to Evolution7 for smart charging of Plug Electric Vehicles integrated with solar and smart buildings. Previously, he pioneered the development of the SmartGrid industry’s first, intelligent agent-based software infrastructure for electric grid control applications as well as a real-time publish/subscribe software platform for automating demand response and real-time information tracking of metered data implemented at APX, BP, Sempra, Cubic Defense, Roche Bioscience, Bank of America, Stanford Linear Accelerator, and other clients. The GridAgents software platform was deployed and tested by Verizon in NYC, Con Edison in Manhattan, PG&E in California, and Marin County in California. As well, the GridAgents platform has been tested at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Co, in Sydney Australia at CSIRO, in Newcastle Australia, as well as the Integral Renewables project in Holland with European Union partners. The GridAgents platform was seed funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity and EERE programs.
David was a co-founder and VP of the Distributed Energy Products Division of Silicon Energy, a leading provider of Enterprise Energy Management (EEM) software and solutions. He managed the development and market launch of Silicon Energy’s industry leading Distributed Energy Manager™ (DEM) product, a web-based software platform for networking, managing, and controlling distributed energy resources, part of Silicon Energy’s EEM Suite™. While at Silicon Energy, David’s division deployed the Distributed Energy software at major utilities and energy companies worldwide including DTE Energy, ABB, GPU, ConEdison, Pan Canadian, and Capstone Turbines directly contributing to sales over a 3 year period exceeding $11 million and was responsible for the first multi-million dollar sale with the company. He was co-developer of the Virtual Utility project with ABB. David was a founding team member at Silicon energy where he initially led the business development and marketing operations as Director of Business Development. He was instrumental in helping to grow the European and Latin American sales and markets working with clients such as Vattenfal, Enel, E.On, EDF, Provincial Electric Authority (PEA) of Thailand, and EletroPaulo. David helped to grow the organization to over 250 employees, was involved in raising over $40 million in venture capital, filing for a $6M IPO, and assisting in the sale and merger of Silicon Energy to Itron for $71 million. Prior to Silicon Energy, David was a principal with ICF International and ICF Energy in Washington, D.C. which sold to Nexant Software for $25M. David held other positions at Strategic Renewables, Architectural Energy Corporation, Highland Energy Group, The Joint Center for Energy Management, and Green Technologies
David is a founding member of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC). While on the GWAC, David was instrumental in helping to write the SmartGrid language used In the ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT OF 2007, Title XIII-Smart Grid, Sec. 1301, Statement of Policy on Modernization of the Electricity Grid. He is on the NIST SmartGrid Standards development committee. He also served on the board of directors for both Green Building Studio, Inc., and Aura Renewable Energy Corporation. Green Building Studio was sold to AutoDesk for $7M in 2009. He is also an active member of the DOE Modern Grid Initiative. He served on the Energy Committee of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), is currently a member of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) CEO Council, and was recently recruited as a member of the Entrepreneurs for Energy Efficiency (E-3). Formerly, he served as the vice president of the Solar Energy Industry Industries Association (SEIA), and was a co-founder of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES).
David received his M.S. Engineering and his BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado with a focus on Computer Science, Energy Analysis, GIS, and Artificial Intelligence.
Timothy Schoechle, Ph.D. CTO
Dr. Schoechle is an international consultant in computer and communications engineering and in technical standards development. He presently serves as Secretary of ISO/IEC SC25 Working Group 1, the international standards committee for Home Electronic System and is a technical co-editor of several new international standards related to the smart grid. He also serves as Secretariat of ISO/IEC SC32 Data Management and Interchange, and he currently participates in a range of national and international standards bodies related to smart grid technology and policy issues.
As an entrepreneur, he has engineered the development of electric utility gateways and energy management systems for over 25 years and has played a role in the development of standards for home networks and for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). He is a former faculty member of the University of Colorado College of Engineering and Applied Science. He is considered an expert on the international standards system, the topic of his 2009 book, Standardization and Digital Enclosure. Dr. Schoechle was a co-founder of BI Incorporated, a pioneer developer of RFID technology. He holds an M.S. in telecommunications engineering (1995) and a Ph.D. in communication policy (2004) from the University of Colorado, Boulder.