SOURCE: Planetary Power Inc

Planetary Power Inc

February 11, 2016 09:00 ET

Planetary Power Adds Chief Operating Officer, Kurt Armbruster

Hybrid Energy Technology Company Prepares for Rapid Growth With New Executive Hire

REDMOND, WA--(Marketwired - February 11, 2016) - Planetary Power, developer of the HyGen hybrid generator, prepares for company growth by adding senior operations and product development executive, Kurt Armbruster. Armbruster has been hired to spearhead the development and go-to-market operations for Planetary Power's HyGen hybrid generator, a fully-integrated power solution that will replace diesel generators in remote areas, eliminates wasted energy and has shown over 60% energy savings compared to diesel generators.

The initial launch market for HyGen is telecom, where it is estimated that over a million towers currently rely on diesel generators for power. Armbruster's expertise with off-grid technologies and electronics combined with his successful track record will help Planetary Power accomplish its aggressive market goals.

"With Kurt's operational expertise, Planetary Power has the leadership in place to deliver a superior product to market that will securely deliver power and provide unmatched fuel efficiency, reduced cost, increased reliability and a positive environmental impact," Joe Landon, President & CEO, Planetary Power said. "Kurt's addition to our executive team positions us for rapid growth and a successful product launch. We are pleased to welcome him to our growing team."

Kurt Armbruster brings nearly three decades of professional success to Planetary Power with previous work in aerospace, consumer electronics and global health. Armbruster's leadership with technology organizations has contributed to rapid growth, expedited product launch, operational efficiency and industry awards. As vice-president of Crane Aerospace's ELDEC division, Armbruster had profit-and-loss responsibility for a $100 million line of business. Most recently, he was instrumental in the product development and launch of the Arktek Vaccine Cooler for Global Good and Intellectual Ventures Lab -- the product garnered an R&D 100 award for product innovation in 2014 and is currently receiving national media acclaim for delivering life-saving vaccines to off-the-grid communities in rural Africa. 

About Planetary Power
Efficient and Reliable Energy Anywhere
Planetary Power's vision is to make efficient and reliable energy accessible anywhere on the planet. Distributed -- or off-grid -- energy is the best way to bring power and connectivity to the billions who live off-grid today. Planetary Power's hybrid power generation technology, HyGen, combines advanced generator technology with integrated energy storage for the most fuel-efficient, off-grid power available. HyGen also reduces fuel consumption by leveraging every available energy source at the site.

Planetary Power's goal is to replace the diesel generators currently powering over one million off-grid telecommunications sites around the world. The company is backed by world-class investors who share a vision for a connected world powered by distributed energy. Learn more at

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