Discover Sunfolding

Simply smarter solar trackers securing a future fueled by sunlight


Founded in: 2012
Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Solar is rapidly becoming a leading global energy source and the solar plants built today form tomorrow’s energy infrastructure. Sunfolding makes solar infrastructure robust, reliable and ready to meet the energy needs of the future.

Sunfolding, a participating company in the Macquarie Capital Venture Studio (MCVS), started with a simple idea: to make it easier to harness the sun’s energy. This led Sunfolding to develop a solar tracker that’s simpler by design. Powered by air, it uses just three components while other trackers use over twenty. This streamlines installation and reduces the need for maintenance, while a flexible, modular layout makes the most out of any piece of land.

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"Solar has reached an inflection point and requires an infrastructure that can scale with it. Sunfolding’s easy to build, highly reliable solar trackers provide the profit incentives to ensure global adoption. MCVS serves as a powerful conduit to Macquarie’s resources and partners, and R/GA’s strategic brand-builders, launching our technology to the global stage and propelling our mission to make solar unstoppable."

   Jurgen Krehnke, CEO of Sunfolding

Expertise

In focus

Follow the sun

The air-powered technology that is boosting the economics of solar energy.

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Innovation is key for continued expansion of solar energy across the US. Macquarie Capital Venture Studio participating company Sunfolding has created a solar tracker powered by air that may change the financial dynamics of solar energy. Watch to learn why we’re excited to be a part of its growth story.

Leadership

 

Jurgen Krehnke
Chief Executive Officer

Jurgen is leading Sunfolding’s rapid business growth. Previously, he was CEO of KACO New Energy, Americas and President and General Manager of SMA America, the world's largest manufacturer and technology leader of power inverters. Jurgen holds a MEng from Germany’s Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig and has completed Executive Education Programs at Stanford.

 

Leila Madrone
Chief Technology Officer and Founder

Leila founded Sunfolding and served as CEO until 2017. As CTO, she develops new innovations and drives overall company technical excellence. Her early career included automation for the genomics industry and the commercialization of NASA robotics hardware. Leila has a Bachelor’s and Master’s from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a focus on robotics and mechatronics.

 

Matthew Schneider
Chief Product Officer

As CPO, Matt brings deep expertise in developing solar hardware with impact. He creates valuable solutions by determining strategic routes through complex stakeholder requirements. He co-founded RayTracker in 2008, which was acquired by First Solar in 2011. At First Solar, Matt served as the Director of Global Product Development for PV Mounting Systems.

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