Ed Beardsworth

Edward Beardsworth is a marketing strategy and business development consultant who brings to the cleantech industry a deep understanding gained over 30+ years as a physicist, technology scout, and strategic advisor to corporate and investor clients, as well as an advisor to numerous startups.

His independent consultancy, Energy Technology Advisors, was established in 1992, to provide detailed knowledge of energy R&D to clients, working with utilities, investors, and startup companies to help them with technology strategies and business development. He was an early strategic advisor to Nth Power, the leading venture capital fund that specializes in energy technology, and also to the Cleantech Group, which pioneered the concept of cleantech as an investment theme. He now supports Garage Technology Ventures, Prospect Silicon Valley, and Danish and Norwegian trade offices, developing and evaluating deal flow, and mentoring to their client startups.

Dr. Beardsworth served as Technical Director of The Hub Lab., a 2-year program whose express purpose was to find and provide seed R&D funding in very early stage energy research and technology that is truly revolutionary.

He also served as a lead technical resource at Jane Capital Partners, consulting in many of their programs including mandates to advise major energy corporations on strategic technology ventures.

Previously he conducted UFTO, a six-year multi-client study on behalf of a long list of major energy utilities and vendors, seeking out technologies of interest and facilitating collaborations among utilities, national laboratories, and private companies.

Prior to entering private consulting, he was at the Electric Power Research Institute, initially as a Project Manager directing a program of contract research relating to market and business planning needs of the electric utilities, then moving to marketing and R&D tech transfer, devising and implementing marketing and customer service activities to increase awareness and use of R&D results.

He worked at the Brookhaven National Lab prior to joining EPRI, first in basic research in physics and then in an applied program of interdisciplinary studies involving energy systems modeling, technology assessment, and analysis of developing countries’ energy needs. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers University.