Company background

Wormser Energy Solutions (WES) was founded in 2006 by Alex Wormser with the goal of making coal processing clean and affordable. Prior to WES he had invented an advanced coal technology in the ‘70’s that he took from a concept to a commercial product. The equipment was sold in the US and licensed to multinationals in Europe and the Far East. It also received the coveted Best-Available Control Technology designation from the EPA. The prior company, Wormser Engineering, also developed a cogeneration power plant in North Tonowanda, N.Y. This experience leaves the WES team well poised to deliver new technology.


Alex Wormser

Alex Wormser, CEO and founder of Wormser Energy Solutions, has spent his career developing advanced technologies in the industrial and energy sectors. He got his start as a GE engineer and started his first company at 32 based on an invention that would later become the world standard for plumbing torches. He would go on to invent eight systems in five companies that he started and ran. The inventions run the gamut from cleaner-coal fluidized-boilers to a mild gasification system for cleaner-coal furnaces and then an airlock that enables powders to be injected into high pressures. His current project which involves using utility-scale equipment to reduce the carbon emissions from coal power plants, has been ongoing for eight years.

Don Weeden

Don Weeden is Chairman of the Board of WES and also the former Chairman of Weeden & Co., a Wall Street investment bank. Mr. Weeden is also a Trustee of the Weeden Foundation, which supports innovative environmental initiatives addressing issues such as the protection of ecosystems and wildlife, as well as population stabilization and sustainable consumption. In 1959 Don Weeden was a first round investor in National Semiconductor Corporation and served on its Board of Directors until 2000. Additionally, he served on several Wall Street committees involved in market structure including the Composite Tape Committee, Consolidated Quotation Committee, the Intermarket Trading System Committee and the SEC's National Market Advisory Board. Mr. Weeden has also been an active investor in high technology ventures related to the securities industry including Instinet, Autex and LIMITrader. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

Business Advisory Board

Eric (Ric) Redman, JD, MA

As Summit Powers former CEO, Eric Redman helped launch and remains active in the development of Summit’s carbon capture projects. He is a frequent speaker and author on coal gasification, carbon capture and carbon management, enhanced oil recovery, and climate matters. Mr. Redman’s seminal book on Congress, “The Dance of Legislation” was a bestseller; he has also written for many newspapers, anthologies, and magazines.

He holds a BA and JD from Harvard and an MA from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Mr. Redman has served on numerous non-profit boards and is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Aligned Intermediary, an initiative that brings together five initial long-term investors and four prominent private foundations to channel significant institutional capital into resource innovation – in energy, agriculture, waste, and water – across the planet.

Paul Martin

Paul Martin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Woodbury Management Group, Inc., a consultancy that provides support to clients who are proposing, planning or executing large, complex U.S. Government or commercial programs. Prior to founding Woodbury Management, Mr. Martin was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Humprheys & Associates, a world leader in earned value and scheduling support to major industry programs. Mr. Martin is also the former Chief Operating Officer of Lockheed’s “Skunk Works,” that developed cutting-edge technologies such as the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, or the Stealth Fighter Jet for the U.S. Air Force, in record time and on budget. He is a current member of the Board of Advisors at Executive Resources International, LLC (ERI) and is a technology and materials advisor for ERI’s Technology Search Practice. Mr. Martin holds a Master’s of Engineering degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University.

Ken Stenton

Ken Stenton is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience in all aspects of general management. During his many years in technology-related industries, he has held division President, VP and GM positions at Robotic Vision Systems, Rockwell Automation, Veeco Instruments and Technitrol among others. With an abundance of international experience, Ken has a strong understanding of various markets throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Stenton holds four patents for novel microchannel amplifiers and photomultiplier devices and has published articles in industry magazines such as Photonics Spectra. He is also Adjunct Professor of Business for State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook, NY. Ken obtained his Bachelors of Science in Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary Frances Feider

As an entrepreneur and tech industry professional Mary Frances’ results driven career has included planning and launching new products and driving cost effective sales and customer acquisition for companies from Microsoft to AT&T. She currently is a Principal at Audienz, a technology marketing firm. She holds a BA from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN) and did her MFA work at Columbia College.

Technology Advisory Board

Dr. Ben Anthony

Dr. Ben Anthony is a Reader in Energy at the U.K.’s Cranfield University, and was a senior research scientist with Natural Resources Canada, where he headed the Gasification and Fluidized Bed Combustion Group. His interests include thermal energy processes that can offer pure CO2 streams for sequestration and gasification technology, both in its high-pressure and atmospheric forms, as well as coal and waste combustion in fluid bed combustion. Dr. Anthony is the author of 190+ journal papers on various aspects of combustion and gasification, along with a similar number of conference papers, 13 book chapters, and he is the co-editor of the first book on pressurized fluidized beds. Currently, his research and development pursuits are strongly focused on calcium looping cycles, oxy-fired CFBC technology and pressurized, entrained-flow gasification. In addition to being an adjunct professor with the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Ottawa, a guest professor with Southeast University in Nanjing, China and a visiting professor at Imperial College, he also serves on the editorial board of the journal Fuel and on the advisory board of Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology.

Dr. Tom Fletcher

Dr. Tom Fletcher is a professor at Brigham Young University (BYU) and a former senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. He received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from BYU in 1983, and worked for seven years at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. Dr. Fletcher has been on the faculty at BYU since 1991 and is currently serving as Associate Chair. He is also the Director of the Advanced Combustion Engineering Research Center (ACERC), which performs about $2 million in research per year. With more than 30 years of experience in coal research, he is a world expert in pyrolysis of coal and low-grade fuels. Dr. Fletcher’s research interests also include pyrolysis and combustion of biomass, NOx formation from low-grade fuels, coal gasification, oil shale chemistry, use of synfuels in gas turbines, fundamentals of wildland fire ignition, soot formation from aromatic compounds, lean premixed combustion and laser diagnostics.

Jack Parkes

Jack Parkes is a Managing Director at CCS Consulting, a firm dedicated to the development of carbon capture and storage projects. His more than 40 years of experience in the advanced power generation industry includes several years as Director of the Electric Power Research Institute’s CoalFleet for Tomorrow program and its Major Demonstration Projects initiative. Mr. Parkes was also served as North America’s representative in the Global CCS Institute and has proven success in applying leadership skills, strategic planning and thinking. Earlier in his career, he also held senior management positions in the power generation divisions at Alphabet Energy, Bechtel, Ebasco and GE. Mr. Parks holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s of Science degree in Business Administration.

Douglas M. Todd

Douglas M. Todd is the President of Process Power Plants LLC and former Chief Technical Officer of GE’s Combined Cycle Power Plant Development Division. Process Power Plants LLC is a consulting firm with more than 20 major industry and government clients. Mr. Todd is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute’s CoalFleet Initiative and has published numerous papers for ASME, IChemE, EPRI, MIT and GTC. He received the first European IChemE Medal for Excellence in Gasification in 2002 and the GTC Lifetime Achievement Award for IGCC in 2003.

Dr. Wen-Ching Yang

Dr. Wen-Ching Yang worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation for more than 36 years. He was a major contributor to the successful development of the Westinghouse Coal Gasification Process, which later became widely known as the KRW Coal Gasification Process. During the tenure, he received the George Westinghouse Signature Award of Excellence, Westinghouse Outstanding Performance Award, owned 14 patents, published more than 110 refereed journal papers, authored eight book chapters and author/edited two books: Handbook of Fluidization and Fluid-Particle Systems, and Fluidization, Solids Handling, and Processing. He was elected a Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1992 and subsequently honored with the Fluor Daniel Lectureship Award in Fluidization and the Dow Chemical Fluidized Processes Recognition Award. In 1996, he was awarded a Honorary Guest Professorship at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and in 1998, received the ASME Best Paper Award in Coal, Biomass, and Alernative Fuels area. After retirement, he continued as a part time consultant for several companies supporting energy system planning and analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, and also as an Adjunct Research Professor at the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Univeristy of Pittsburgh.