David John Kaye

David John Kaye

Business Development Manager at Highview Power Storage

Startupbootcamp IoT London Mentor

David is a Business Development Manager at Highview Power Storage, where he focuses on developing energy storage projects in fast-growing emerging economies.

David has 8 years of smart energy and business development experience. He was a Channel Marketing Manager at the energy efficiency technology company PowerPerfector PLC, which in 2009 was one of the UK’s top 10 fastest-growing privately held companies. David managed relationships with a several large partner organisations and delivered technology projects across the EU (UK, Ireland, Cyprus, and Greece).

David then joined the OECD: firstly at the International Energy Agency, where he worked on Non-Member Country Statistics, and then at the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, where he worked primarily on energy efficiency policy in South Asia. After taking a sabbatical to lead a climate change project in Nicaragua with the UK NGO Raleigh International, David joined the boutique consultancy Eco Ltd, where he specialised in winning clean energy market creation projects funded by the EBRD and IFC.

David was invited to be a Mentor and Roving Hacker at the Dynamic Demand Challenge Hackathon, a smart grid startup competition organised by Nesta and the National Physical Laboratory. David contributed his commercial and technical experience of the energy industry to the concept development phase of 9 smart-grid startups, including the award-winning smart grid Upside Energy. He has continued to provide ongoing mentorship and support to the startups as they have grown in the subsequent years, including several others in the smart energy space.

David graduated with an MSci in Physics from Imperial College London, where he wrote his thesis on semiconductor nanoparticles for solar PV on an international exchange at the Universidad de Cantabria in Spain. He is a Graduate Member of the Energy Institute.

As well as blogging on tech and energy issues, David has also tried and learned with several of his own startup ideas, including a smart voltage logger for the voltage optimisation industry, an augmented reality mirror for the fashion industry, a smart energy tariff based on a demand ceiling, and a personal financial management web app.