Alabama NewsCenter is highlighting the inaugural class of 10 startups participating in the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator. The companies specialize in technology and business models to enhance the future of energy, including a digital marketplace for the electric wholesale industry, battery storage and microgrid solutions, and smart home software. Learn more about Techstars here. Also read profiles of Shipshape Solutions, Con.doit, TruSpin, Elektrik, Ashipa Electric, EnergyHawk and Sync.

Today we look at Resilient Power Systems.

Tom Keister, CEO of Resilient Power Systems. (contributed)

Company Name

Resilient Power Systems.

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Leadership team names

Tom Keister, CEO; Josh Keister, president.

Alabama NewsCenter: What is your company’s overall focus and mission?

Resilient Power Systems: Our mission is to modernize the 100-year-old electric grid with all the benefits of technology today in order to increase reliability and efficiency, while also lowering costs.

Alabama NewsCenter: What inspired you to develop this company?

Resilient Power Systems: Our company was inspired by a request to us from the U.S. Department of Energy to increase the security of our grid infrastructure by replacing dependencies on foreign supply chains and foreign-made equipment with American-made alternatives.

Alabama NewsCenter: What attracted your company most to the state of Alabama and the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator?

Resilient Power Systems: Alabama Power‘s goal of increasing innovation in the energy space aligned well with our own goals. The state of Alabama’s proactive approach to electric vehicle infrastructure and automotive manufacturing was another aspect that attracted us.

Josh Keister, president of Resilient Power Systems. (contributed)

Alabama NewsCenter: What does enhancing the future of energy mean to your company?

Resilient Power Systems: At Resilient Power, enhancing the future of energy means turning issues associated with grid liabilities into grid assets. Using our technology allows the rapidly changing grid load and generation resource mix to become part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

Alabama NewsCenter: Other than moving your startup forward, what is the most meaningful, long-term learning or takeaway you hope to gain for your company by participating in the Techstars class?

Resilient Power Systems: We hope to form long-term relationships from the interaction with all of the immense expertise that the Birmingham area and Alabama Power have to offer.

Alabama NewsCenter: What is the No 1 thing you would like potential investors to know or understand about your company?

Resilient Power Systems: Our patented technology platform can route power like data, which has the potential to disrupt a wide array of high-growth applications like electric vehicles and renewable energy with higher performance at a much lower cost.