While you’re familiar with our groundbreaking energy storage products, you may not be so familiar with the people behind those products. Today, we’re going to highlight one of those people.
Patrick Carroll is the Energy Storage Service Leader here at Dynapower. He joined the company back in 2015.
“I’ve always been mechanically inclined even when I was a kid,” Patrick says. “Once, I took my tricycle apart and my dad got up and said ‘I’m not putting that back together’ so I did it myself.”
After joining the military later in life, Patrick worked on submarines in the advanced electronics field for roughly 8 years.
“I ended up getting into power generation for a company called Valley Power Systems for a year and a half,” Patrick adds.
Following that gig, Patrick moved onto Bay City Electric Works. While working on generators and their associated switch gear, Patrick says he learned most of what knows about power generation.
Patrick eventually started servicing and testing DC power supplies at Verizon cell tower sites, where Patrick and his colleague figured out how to conduct tests on batteries while safely working around them. Patrick’s region—central California—had a staggering 900 cellular sites and he was responsible for building up a team to service them all.
Throughout this time, Patrick says his love for power electronics really started taking off and it wasn’t long after that he was recruited by Dynapower.
“Dynapower had signed a contract with Tesla about nine months before I started,” Patrick says. “We designed, manufactured and delivered close to 300 inverters to Tesla.”
While the energy storage group at Dynapower has grown significantly since Patrick joined the company in 2015, he does like to point out that he is technically the first field service engineer that the company hired specifically to service energy storage equipment.
When asked what motivates him most about working at Dynapower, Patrick is quick to reply.
“What we do here at Dynapower is helping reduce fossil fuel emissions and while we’re not saving the planet by ourselves we do provide a service that could move us away from fossil fuel consumption…I like the feeling of doing the right thing.”
Finally, when asked what sets Dynapower apart, Patrick pauses and takes a moment to gather his thoughts.
“I think it’s the whole company…it’s the fact that we do test everything in-house before it ships,” Patrick exclaims. “We refurbished a unit that looked like it came from a landfill and it looks and functions like brand new now.”
Patrick ends with one final thought: “My worst day here is always better than my best day anywhere else.”