About Graphite Energy

Graphite Energy has an experienced team of project development professionals

Graphite Energy was established in 2008 to develop energy storage projects and commercialise its graphite-based thermal energy storage technology (patent pending) in both renewable energy and thermal power applications.

Graphite Energy’s principals and executive team have extensive experience in project development and infrastructure financing. Examples include:

  • Development of the landmark 1,500MW Alta Wind project in Tehachapi, California
  • Built, own and currently operate the 3MWe Lake Cargelligo Thermal Power Station in Lake Cargelligo, NSW Australia which showcases the graphite based thermal energy storage technology
  • Construction of conventional power generation in the US and Asia

Graphite Energy is led by a team of executives in Australia, with experience covering finance, commercialising technology, thermal hydraulic design, process engineering, high volume manufacturing, supply chain, and steam operations.

Nick Bain, Chief Executive Officer

Nick was until July 2008, the Head of Infrastructure at Allco Finance Group, based in Sydney. He was responsible for Allco’s infrastructure asset classes and has led financing of over A$5 billion worth of assets. In 2005, Nick established Allco Wind Energy which undertook the development of wind assets in the US, Europe and Australia; the most important of which was the 3,000MW wind energy development at Tehachapi in California. He has previously held joint responsibility for Allco’s aviation business, and asset financing businesses. Nick left Allco after 17 years to establish Graphite Energy.

Garry Baddock, Chief Operating Officer

Garry was until December 2008, Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President of Real Estate Operations at Unisys, based in Philadelphia, USA. His role included global accountability for US$3.5 billion of third party expenditure and a real estate portfolio of over 95,000 square meters. Garry has also held senior supply chain roles within the food industry where he was responsible for logistics across Asia Pacific for YUM Brands International. He has extensive experience outsourcing key business activities and building supply chains across international markets. Garry holds an MBA (GSB Curtin University), is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and has a Bachelor of Commerce with accounting major (Newcastle).

Ian Copeland, USA Country Manager, Graphite Energy

Ian retired as a Senior Vice President of Bechtel Corporation in 2012. During his 16-year tenure with Bechtel he served as a Project Manager for power, civil and mining projects, Managing Director of Bechtel Enterprises (the development and financing arm of the firm), and President of the firm’s Fossil Power, Communications and Renewable Power businesses.

In his 25-year career, Ian has completed or been directly involved in managing numerous privatisation, independent power and infrastructure transactions and companies in the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. He has also been responsible forf delivering complex engineering and construction services across numerous infrastructure markets including power, rail, water, and mining and metals.

Prior to joining Bechtel, Ian started and was Managing Director of Wärtsilä Power Development (Asia) Limited and was previously Vice President of project finance for Hannon Armstrong & Company. He began his professional career with the utility consulting practice of Booz Allen Hamilton after graduating from Rutgers University with degrees in engineering and physics.

Paul Khoo, Engineering Director

Paul has 22 years experience in successfully commercialising new technology at 2 of Australia’s world class technology start-up companies: Memtec (13 years) now owned by Siemens and CAP-XX (9 years).

Paul was Vice President Engineering and Operations at CAP-XX Ltd., responsible for the design and manufacture of CAP-XX’s super capacitors. Paul transformed the organisation from making super capacitors by hand in the laboratory to having 2 contract manufacturers with total capacity of 400k/month and licensing the technology to Murata, a tier 1 capacitor manufacturer with capacity of 2 million/month.

Paul was R&D Projects Manager and Operations Manager at Memtec Ltd., developed, scaled up and ran the operations of Memtec’s membrane extrusion process and in doing so increased capacity 500 fold and reduced cost 10 fold.

Paul holds an EMBA (Australian Graduate School of Management) is a Chartered Practicing Engineer (CPE) and a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours (University of New South Wales).

Peter Lemmich, Project Director

Since 2009 Peter has been responsible for the project management and delivery of Graphite Energy’s Lake Cargelligo project. He has been involved in all aspects of the project’s design, procurement, construction, commissioning and operation of the plant.

Based on the knowledge acquired during the delivery of the Lake Cargelligo project, Peter is leading Graphite Energy’s ongoing business development activities.

Peter has more than fifteen years experience working with emerging technologies and companies. Prior to working at Graphite Energy, Peter worked in the private equity businesses of both AMP Capital Investors and St. George Bank and prior to that as a Consultant at Coopers & Lybrand.

Peter has a Masters of Business & Technology from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Business, majoring in accounting and management, from Australian Catholic University.

David Reynolds, Engineering Manager

David has over 13 years experience in a range of technical roles in the power generation, pressure and heat transfer equipment & mining industries.

David was Principal Engineer - Pressure Equipment at AE&E; has extensive experience in thermal design and operation of fired boilers, steam power generation process models / heat and mass balances on a plant-wide scale, steam turbines and solar thermal energy.

David has a PhD (University of New South Wales) in the field of solar thermal power, system modelling and heat transfer. David also has a MBA in Technology Management from Deakin University and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical with Honours , UNSW).