EcoMotors, a firm developing a more efficient, lightweight opposed-piston diesel engine, hired Iain Ridley as VP of Engineering. Ridley was most recently SVP of Engineering at General Compression and, before that, worked at a number of diesel engine design houses. EcoMotors also named Amit Soman as COO. Soman comes to EcoMotors after fourteen years at Cummins, the largest independent diesel engine maker, where he was GM of Asia-Pacific Operations, based in Beijing, China. Investors in EcoMotors include Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates and Braemar Energy Ventures.

 

Fisker Automotive's founder and namesake Henrik Fisker resigned from the automotive startup citing “several major disagreements” with "executive management on the business strategy," according to AutoCar. The firm has reportedly been looking at acquisition and investment deals from Chinese firms.

 

MEMC renamed the company SunEdison and appointed Carlos Domenech to the position of President of SunEdison Capital. Domenech most recently served as President of SunEdison and EVP of MEMC.

 

Infinia, a maker of free-piston Stirling generators named Jos van der Hyden as Chief Commercial Officer. Van der Hyden was previously with Canadian Solar and also served as First Solar's VP of Business Development for EMEA.

 

Philip Fan and Weiping Zhou were added to Suntech's Board of Directors, moving power away from the founder and toward the province. More on Suntech's bankruptcy here.

 

LDK Solar, a state-owned entity, announced that Dr. Liangbao Zhu, EVP and a director of LDK Solar's Board, resigned from the company for personal reasons. 

 

1366 Technologies, a startup developing next-generation silicon for solar, added MIT China expert Yasheng Huang to its Board of Directors.

 

PwC U.S. named Tom Solazzo as U.S. Cleantech Leader for the firm.

 

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