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SimpliPhi CEO Honored as Global Power & Energy Elite for 2021

OXNARD, Calif. – Jan. 26, 2021 – SimpliPhi Power’s CEO and president, Catherine Von Burg, has been honored as an Elite Leader as part of the Global Power & Energy Elites for 2021, among only ten individuals selected for this prestigious recognition. The company’s battery-powered microgrid at a migrant camp along the US-Mexico border in Matamoros was also selected as an Elite Project for its humanitarian impact and contribution to meeting the medical needs during the pandemic of the more than 3,000 refugees and asylum seekers living there.

“Since our founding in 2010, we have focused on improving lives by enabling access to sustainable and resilient energy for communities around the world,” said Von Burg. “I am honored to be among such a distinguished group of leaders who understand that businesses can be profitable as well as a force for good by prioritizing their impact on people, the environment and society at large in all matters of industry.”

In praising Von Burg, the advisory board noted that “she is committed to the transformation of the power grid and creating universal access to renewable energy by leveraging distributed energy storage, and advocates for equitable, safe and affordable energy for all.”

Started in 2015, Global Power & Energy Elites has continually recognized the most influential executives in energy for their leadership in advancing a positive future and driving sustainable development in the international power and energy sector.

The organization also commends companies for individual projects that “play an impactful role in the energy revolution.” SimpliPhi’s microgrid installation at a field hospital serving refugees and asylum seekers in Matamoros, Mexico was praised as an Elite Project and a benchmark for other companies and communities around the globe to emulate. In collaboration with the non-profit organization Footprint Project, SimpliPhi donated their industry-leading safe, cobalt-free lithium-ion energy storage to deliver a renewable energy microgrid to power the camp’s first mobile medical ICU and field hospital to treat COVID-19 patients.

You can read Von Burg’s Global Power & Energy Elite profile piece here, and see the Matamoros project highlight here.

About Catherine Von Burg

Catherine Von Burg’s career spans a diverse portfolio of strategic planning, policy development, executive management, and multidisciplinary team building in renewable energy, biomedical engineering and research, health and human services, environmental conservation, and education. A member of the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA) board of directors, Catherine was selected for an exclusive entrepreneurship program hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the Unreasonable Group. As CEO of SimpliPhi Power, she has recently been honored as part of the Meaningful Business 100 and was selected as a Global Power & Energy Elite in 2021, among many other awards. She speaks publicly, has published articles and white papers, and has spearheaded policy initiatives with organizations including CALSSA, Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Institute, Columbia University, NY March of Dimes Foundation, John Hopkins School of Biomedical Engineering, Wilderness Education Association and First 5 Commission of California.

About SimpliPhi Power

With a mission to create universal access to safe, reliable, and affordable energy, SimpliPhi Power designs and manufactures efficient, non-toxic, and enduring energy storage and management systems that utilize environmentally benign lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry. Based in Oxnard, California, SimpliPhi combines the non-hazardous LFP energy storage chemistry with its proprietary cell and battery architecture, power electronics, Battery Management System (BMS) and manufacturing processes to create safe, reliable, durable, and highly scalable on-demand power solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, and government sectors.

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About Global Power & Energy Elites

The Global Power & Energy Elites – produced by Smart Energy International in collaboration with the global Clarion Power and Energy Series – is an annual publication in its seventh year. These are the influential leaders of today and the projects that are enabling a positive tomorrow. The publication aims to highlight and recognize thought-leaders and projects across the global value chain –through a public nomination process—driving development in the international power and energy space.

With a hand-picked Advisory Board, each nomination is screened and vetted by highly experienced and knowledgeable figures within the global power and energy space. More information is available at

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