Z. Gary Yang, Ph.D.
Chief Strategy Officer
Dr. Yang is a leading scientist and entrepreneur in the field of electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Gary serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UniEnergy Technologies (UET), which he co-founded in March, 2012. He earned his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Connecticut and had further training as a postdoctoral fellow in materials and batteries at Carnegie Mellon University. He has his Bachelor and Master degrees from Jilin University. He is a Fellow of ASM International in recognition of his outstanding contribution to advanced materials and electrochemical energy conversion and storage.
UET is a leader in developing and delivering electrical energy storage (EES) solutions for the evolving electrical grid and utility sectors. UET’s EES solutions are built upon innovative industrial-grade Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VFRB) systems. These systems use next generation electrolytes, a new approach to container base system design, and highly optimized power electronics and controls. Since founding the company, Gary has selected and assembled a strong management team, which has delivered two industry changing products including the Uni.System TM and the ReFlex TM. UET’s systems are receiving high acclaim due to their competitive costs, intrinsically safety, long life with practically unlimited cycle life, high performance flexibility, and easy-to-use plug & play integration. UET systems have found applications in the US and internationally at Megawatt (MW) scales with utility, microgrid, commercial, and industrial customers.
Prior to 2012, Dr. Yang was a Lab Fellow at PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) of the US DOE (Department of Energy), where he led the Grid Energy Storage Program in Research, Development, and Deployment of a variety of batteries including VRFB, planar Na-halide, novel Li-ion, etc. Under this leadership, Gary formed and created a multidisciplinary research team, which made significant breakthroughs including the development of a next generation VFRB.
Before becoming a Lab Fellow, Gary was a Senior Scientist and later a Chief Scientist leading efforts in research and development of planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) and nanostructured hydrogen storage materials. Gary’s efforts at the lab on SOFC’s and VRFB’s led him to winning multiple awards including the feat of twice winning the FLC Award, which is one of the most prestigious US government awards on technology development and commercialization. Gary joined PNNL in early 2001, after 5 years of experience as a materials engineer in the automobile industry.
Dr. Yang has published over 200 research articles, and is an inventor and co-inventor in over 50 patents.