Volta is a new model for investing in energy technology. Volta identifies and works with entrepreneurs and companies to solve their most important technical challenges while providing its strategic investors the opportunity to invest in and acquire the most promising of these technology companies. Volta serves investors from across sectors of the energy system, who have complementary strategic interests in identifying breakthrough energy storage-related technology that will enable ubiquitous adoption of both electric vehicles and renewable power generation.
Volta works to validate transformative technologies and businesses through collaboration with leading institutions, including through its research agreement with Argonne National Laboratory. Volta’s focus is on technologies and businesses that impact applications in transportation, the electric grid, and portable electronics. Volta is designed to create strategic advantages for our corporate partners’ core businesses and deliver financial returns.
JEFF CHAMBERLAIN PH.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Chamberlain is a proven leader with a long record of industrial product R&D and commercialization success in energy, integrated circuit, and water treatment technology. Dr. Chamberlain’s industrial experience is complemented by his ten years leading the energy storage initiatives at Argonne National Laboratory. In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, Jeff led the effort to successfully transfer advanced battery technology from Argonne to LG Chem, BASF, General Motors, Toda Kogyo, General Electric, and others. Dr. Chamberlain also led the team that was awarded $120 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop advanced energy storage technologies for transportation and the grid, through a U.S. consortium of innovators from MIT across the country to Berkeley and Stanford. Jeff received his Ph.D. in the Physical Chemistry of Surfaces from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
DAVE SCHROEDER PH.D.
Dr. Schroeder has focused his career on applying science to product manufacturing and answering technical questions posed by industry. His diverse technical experience ranges from the understanding of problems in materials science to product development and the building of working systems. He has taken multiple products and processes from early concept to successful commercial launch and volume manufacturing in the specialty chemical and semiconductor manufacturing industries. He has served in a wide variety of environments, including technology startups, mid-size and large corporations, national laboratories, and academia. Dr. Schroeder has also worked as an independent consultant for new technology development efforts, energy efficiency standards development, and analysis of the viability of new energy technologies. Dave received his Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Arkin has 27 years of electric power industry business, regulation, and finance experience. As a former investor with The Carlyle Group and Riverstone Holdings, a Senior Research Fellow with the Harvard Electricity Policy Group and current Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, he is a recognized expert in the financing and management of related VC, growth and mature stage businesses. Having dedicated a significant portion of his career to renewables, other advanced electric industry technologies as well as to analysis and management of evolving public policy and regulation, Mr. Arkin has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of emerging opportunities and associated risk for new technologies and business models in the electric power industry.
BART RILEY PH.D.
Bart Riley is a seasoned hard tech entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience building and leading products, teams, and businesses taking tech from lab to market. With entrepreneurial experience at AMSC, A123 Systems, and Quantumscape, Bart has a track record solving complex technical and business problems to launch disruptive storage products in multiple verticals, including industrial, consumer electronics, automotive, and grid. More recently Bart has provided strategic guidance via board or other advisorships to various storage companies and non-profit organizations across additional verticals including aerospace, venturing/finance, and chemicals. Bart has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cornell University, 85 publications, and 66 US Patents.
Mr. Sodaro has 25 years of progressive operational and project management experience— both in the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory system and as a business owner. At Argonne, Mike provided operations and project management support to Jeff Chamberlain to the launch of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science. Mike has proven expertise in the management of large complex projects, nuclear operations, facility management, and support services. His comprehensive knowledge of operational management has led to consistently meeting or exceeding expectations of organizational short- and long-term financial, strategic, and operational goals. Mike received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois.