WASHINGTON, D.C. 4/20/12 (PennWell) -- Kevin Frank, chief executive officer and president of Voith Hydro, has been recognized by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for Innovation in Renewable Energy.
Frank, one of nine selected from more than 200 nominations, was chosen for his efforts within the hydroelectric industry that help advance innovation, education, sustainable energy and community activism, the Pennsylvania-based company says.
"It's a testament to the value of hydropower in our nation's energy portfolio, as well as its enormous potential to both create clean energy and boost job growth across the country," Frank says.
The CEO also says hydroelectricity could provide an additional 60,000 MW of electricity to the national grid while creating 1.4 million jobs in the process.
Voith Hydro recently shipped the second of two turbine runner assemblies for the 108-MW Holtwood hydropower plant. The company also received an order to supply six Francis runners for the 4,500-MW Bratsk hydroelectric facility in Eastern Siberia.