Turbine manufacturer, hydropower developer Lucid Energy names new president and CEO

LucidPipe Turbine Unit

Renewable power developer Lucid Energy has appointed William Kelly as president and CEO, effective immediately, the Portland-based company announced this week.

Kelly joins Lucid Energy after having previously served as president of Isle Utilities and senior advisor for SkyH2O and Clean Power Capital. He replaces Gregg Semler, who said he is leaving Lucid Energy to pursue other career interests.

"This is a very exciting time for Lucid Energy as it makes the transition into a fully commercial, sales-oriented company with a focus on providing a strong value proposition to its customers and driving new product developments," board chair Dr. Sam Bernstein said. "We believe Bill Kelly has the right combination of skills and expertise to lead the company into the next, continuing phase of growth."

Named Isle Utilities' president in 2014, Kelly was responsible for growing the company's presence in North America and developing its Technology Approval Group (TAG) that provided a forum for municipal water and wastewater advances.

During Kelly's two-year tenure, Isle Utility's customer base grew from one to more than 50 municipalities, and seven regional TAG groups were established. Kelly also developed the JetStream Program, which seeks to connect manufacturers with emerging technologies.

"I am thrilled to be joining Lucid Energy and its team," Kelly said. "Fostering the commercialization of products in the utility sector motivates my best work, and I've been working closely with Gregg Semler and the Lucid Energy team for several years in my role as president of Isle Utilities and administrator of the North American TAG Forum."

The company said Kelly's first priorities will be following up with its current deals, overseeing product design improvements and cultivating its corporate infrastructure to support global sales efforts.

"Lucid Energy is an exciting, dynamic company with a truly innovative product, and I look forward to continuing to build on the strong momentum they have achieved to drive widespread deployment of LucidPipe and other products across North America and around the world," Kelly said.

HydroWorld.com reported in June that company's in-pipe, ball-shaped turbines will be used by the Arizona & California Railroad Company (ARZC) as part of the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery & Storage Project.

Also this year, a Lucid installation in a Portland Water Bureau pipeline had begun generating power.

The Portland-based company installed its first LucidPipe system in 2012 at Riverside Public Utilities' Lemona Booster Station in Riverside, Calif., and announced a partnership for a second demonstration site with the San Antonio Water System later the same year.

Lucid Energy has received funding from a number of private sources, including Israeli venture group OurCrowd, Star Energy and the Harbourton Fund, as well as more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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