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Alan Ayers

Alan Ayers founded iRenewable Solutions LLC in 2017 to provide more comprehensive capabilities for commercial and industry clients to achieve higher efficiency and sustainability, increase use of renewable energy, and improved energy resilience.  In doing so, our clients reduce their energy costs, improve their bottom line, and enhance the value of their facilities, making their buildings and companies more attractive to their customers and workforce.

Alan led research and development at Energizer Battery, developing leading-edge energy storage products through 2008.  In late 2007, he founded a consulting firm, Strategic Innovation Group, focusing on industrial innovation.  In his Washington, DC consortium since 2003, Alan continues to work with the Department of Energy and Defense and national laboratories on a variety of subjects, including renewable energy technologies, building technologies, and energy efficiency.  He partnered successfully with a variety of Connecticut and multinational corporations to improve their businesses.  In 2015 and 2016, he contracted with the University of Connecticut, building industry partnership with their STEM research faculty.

In his career he:

  • Led activities in continuous improvement, Lean processes (including manufacturing) and 6 Sigma quality enhancement for two decades.  He reshaped the development and manufacturing organizations to enable efficient customer focused global product development and implement across 4 continents.
  • Champions innovation processes, providing guidance and expertise to the Energizer's Innovation Council and Product and Technology Planning Teams.  His leadership helped establish long-term product and technology strategic plans resulting in significant growth and profitability despite fierce competition in the overall retail battery category.
  • Alan converted typically adversarial supplier relationships into supplier partnerships and alliances, where these suppliers would help advance the client's product improvements through new material development and share in the benefits of success in the end products.
  • Developed advanced portable technologies/products made on high speed processes that manufactured billions of batteries annually.

From 2004 through 2006 at the Industrial Research Institute (IRI), Alan chaired the Research-on-Research Committee, which develops leading-edge practices, tools, and techniques to improve technological innovation in the US industry.  In addition, Alan chaired the Subcommittee for Radical Innovation for 6 years in cooperation with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Babson College, and Rochester Institute of Technology that led to a new book, Grabbing Lightning: Building a Capability for Breakthrough Innovation.

Alan holds a BS in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University and an MBA with Honors from Baldwin Wallace College.  He moved to Glastonbury, Connecticut in 2007.

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