PowerOptimal is built on proven South African electricity demand management technology, with a strong track record of successful installations over more than 10 years.
Our intellectual property and manufacturing are proudly South African. The technology inventor is part of our management team and brings over 40 years’ experience in light current electrical design and manufacturing.
We have two main product ranges:
PowerGuard® is a demand management solution that can reduce your peak power demand by up to 50%, and reduce your electricity bill by up to 20%.
Our Elon® solar PV water heating system allows for direct connection of solar PV (photovoltaic) panels to standard electric water heaters (geysers). Using our proprietary direct current (DC) switching technology, water heating using solar PV is now cost-competitive with solar water heaters and heat pump systems and with much longer lifetimes and minimal maintenance.
With our proven technology, track record of successful installations and experienced team we can help you save money and manage your electricity supply limitations whilst reducing your carbon footprint.
Co-founder and CEO
Richard is a successful entrepreneur that has been involved in more than 20 technology start-up and small businesses in various capacities. Richard is passionate about people, marketing and strategic communications, and how these expertise can be used effectively to underpin business development strategies.
Dr. Sean Moolman
Co-founder and COO
Sean has a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Management Advancement Programme from Wits Business School and is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP). He has over 20 years of experience in engineering, R&D, product development, management of R&D, IP management and technology commercialisation. Sean is passionate about the Energy Revolution and its potential to change the world.
Director and CTO
Johan is a light current systems designer, inventor and developer of the PowerGuard® and Elon® technologies. He has over 40 years’ experience in light current systems. Johan has his own successful electronics design and manufacturing business, Crane Electronics CC.
Matt graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BCom Honours in Strategy and Innovation. He is a driven and energetic person and is tenacious in his pursuit of new knowledge. During his time at Stellenbosch University he became deeply interested in solar energy technologies and has now begun his lifelong journey in this field at PowerOptimal. Matt wrote a thesis that looked at the relationships between key players in the innovation ecosystem surrounding South Africa’s solar energy sector. As much as Matt loves to work, he also loves to work with people and will stop at nothing to help them achieve their next milestone.
Prof. Ian Jandrell
Prof. Ian Jandrell is Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at Wits University. He is also a Personal Professor in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at Wits, where he holds the CBI-electric Chair of Lightning.
Ian holds directorships of: Crown Publications, Wits Enterprise, Innopro, Outreach Engineering NPC and the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. Ian is a trustee of the Accenture Education Trust in South Africa.
Dr. David Weber
Dave has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and 27 years of experience in the fields of information systems, software, signal processing and performance computing. Following a 10-year stint as an academic (Associate Professor at the University of Stellenbosch), Dave founded Stone Three Venture Technology (also serving as CEO) and later Acorn Venture Capital. Dave is known for out of the box thinking, a keen insight into difficult technical problems and being an energetic leader.