About us

We're on a mission to reduce the cost of cold.

Axiom Exergy is an energy storage company focused on making the world’s energy systems smarter and more efficient. Our team has deep expertise in supermarket energy management, energy services, and thermal energy systems.

We provide turnkey energy-management solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk for supermarkets and commercial buildings with high refrigeration-based energy loads.

axiom | ak-see-uh m |

an established rule or principle, or a self-evident truth

exergy | ek-ser-jee |

the energy that is available to be used

MEET THE TEAM

Anthony Diamond

CTO and Cofounder

Amrit Robbins

President and Cofounder

Nikhil Saralkar

VP of Engineering

Matthew Beres

Senior Product Engineer

Robbie Eaton

Director of Controls Development

John Lerch

Director of Sales

Varun Deshpande

Data Scientist

Ryan Adelman

Commercial Advisor

Chris Pais

Field Operations Advisor

Amrit Robbins

President and Cofounder

Amrit earned his B.S. in Atmosphere/Energy Engineering at Stanford University. He has relevant domain experience in sales, project management, business development, and engineering.

After completing his degree, he worked at QBotix (which made robotic tracking systems for solar PV) as an assistant to the CEO where he helped to build the business case, develop the marketing materials, and deliver the sales presentation that led to the company's first sale.

He spent three years at Clark Energy Group (CEG), where he co-led the sales, development, and engineering of a $100MM energy efficiency retrofit project for a national supermarket chain. The project included a broad set of energy and water upgrades in 74 supermarkets, but it could not effectively address the single-largest portion of the supermarkets’ energy bills: refrigeration. Amrit ultimately left CEG to solve this painful problem. While at CEG, he also co-led the development of a $13MM energy efficiency project, helped craft the go-to-market strategy for new market verticals, and helped to grow the company's sales pipeline by over $80MM.

Amrit and Anthony Diamond co-founded Axiom Exergy in November of 2013 in order to bring this disruptive energy storage solution to market. He developed the company's product market-fit, helped build a world-class team, recruited a strong advisory board, co-led early technology development, helped develop a sales pipeline of over $10MM with multiple national supermarket chains and electrical utilities, and led Axiom Exergy through two successful rounds of fundraising.

Amrit is a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers) and a jazz/reggae/funk/salsa trumpet player.

Anthony Diamond

CTO and Cofounder

Anthony completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. During that time he worked in the Computational Energy Sciences Laboratory where he analyzed large eddy simulation results to improve aircraft turbofan combustion efficiency.

As a Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte Consulting LLP, Anthony co-managed the implementation of enterprise resource planning solutions for national clients.

In 2010, Anthony was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship in support of his doctoral studies in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley where he pursued research related to the development of novel functional thin film materials for various electronics and energy applications under the guidance of Ramamoorthy Ramesh (Director of the DOE’s SunShot Initiative, 2011-2013). Anthony’s work has been featured in Materials Views and as the cover article for Physica Status Solidi (a). He is also a recipient of a graduate minor degree in Management of Technology from the Haas School of Business and has authored ten patent applications in the field of renewable energy. While completing his Ph.D., Anthony realized that energy storage would rapidly become the bottleneck to a sustainable energy future and shifted his focus from engineering next generation photovoltaics to developing low cost energy storage technologies.

Anthony is a multi-instrumentalist who has been internationally recognized by Downbeat Magazine and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. In 2013, Anthony collaborated with Esperanza Spalding as the saxophone soloist on “City of Roses” (Radio Music Society) which won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). In addition to music, Anthony enjoys tennis and other outdoor sports.

Nikhil Saralkar

VP of Engineering

Nikhil completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with concentrations in thermodynamics and mechatronics at Stanford University. He is experienced in engineering design, analysis, technical management, and project management.

Nikhil began his career as a product development engineer at Gecko Energy Technologies, a startup that developed a fuel cell power platform for consumer devices. He fabricated and tested prototypes and developed a pilot manufacturing process that boosted manufacturing yield from 44% to 99%.

At Stanford, he researched homogeneous charge compression ignition combustion at the Advanced Energy Systems Lab. Additionally, he created a computational model of ammonia dissociation thermochemical energy storage and applied it to analyze the commercialization potential of conceptual energy storage systems.

Nikhil was then awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship in India to research distributed renewable electricity (DRE) solutions in order to improve the lives of the 400 million rural Indians who have little to no access to the grid. He led an initiative to install DRE facilities to support irrigation pumps and community lighting in target villages, and he delivered an analysis to an existing DRE provider that cut service outages by 60% with just a $1 increase in monthly expenses per household.

Upon returning, Nikhil joined Metron Scientific Solutions, where he directed the hardware development of the company’s first unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) from concept to ocean testing in 14 months. To accomplish this, he recruited a 15-member engineering team, established a 10,000 square foot engineering facility, and managed a $2MM budget. He was also instrumental in securing a $19MM UUV contract with the Office of Naval Research.

In addition to engineering, Nikhil enjoys social dancing, cooking, and the outdoors.

Robbie Eaton

Director

Controls Development

Robbie Eaton brings extensive expertise in cloud technology and internet-connected peripherals from his years at cloud software startups.ᅠ At Stanford University, he specialized in Control Systems in Electrical Engineering.ᅠ During college he was also an early employee at ᅠY-Combinator-backed cloud computing company Zecter, where he helped the team move from idea to successful acquisition.

Once a member of Motorola Mobility / Google, Robbie joined the internal "H7" special projects team, where he developed "moonshot" prototypes and products with Internet of Things (IoT) applications.  There, he created and led the design of a novel hand-gesture recognition IoT device, featuring innovative imaging and illumination technologies.

At cloud storage companies Hightail and Syncplicity, he honed his cloud software experience by developing top-tier mobile apps and back end. In addition to earning his Cloud Security Alliance certification, he led the design and architecture for new Android apps while managing remote contractor teams to accelerate development.

In his free time, Robbie is a rock and jazz guitarist, saxophonist, and auto/moto enthusiast.

Matthew Beres

Senior Product Engineer

Matthew Beres completed his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and his M.S. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.   He has expertise in engineering design and analysis, product and manufacturing engineering, and material synthesis and characterization.

Matthew started his career in the Aerospace field, working on satellite technology development at Swales Aerospace and SpaceDev.  As a Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineer in the Thermal Technologies division at Swales Aerospace, he successfully delivered R&D and flight hardware for numerous commercial and scientific programs, including differential thermal expansion thermal switches (DTE-TSW), flexible conductive links (FCLs), and loop heat pipe assemblies (LHPs).  At SpaceDev, Matthew supported the development of a conceptual nano-satellite with novel propulsion technology.

Pivoting to renewable energy technologies, Matthew began his graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley with a focus in Energy Science and Technology.  In 2010, he was awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellowship, in order to pursue his PhD work on thin film solar cell materials.  As part of the Solar Energy Materials Research Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, his thesis work focused on characterizing and optimizing the electrochemical synthesis of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS), a next generation thin film photovoltaic material.  Through systematic optimization of the electrochemical parameters, he was able to significantly enhance the compositions and morphologies of the CZTS thin films.

In addition to science and engineering, Matthew enjoys songwriting and backpacking.

John Lerch

Director of Sales

John serves as the Director of Sales for and is responsible for growing Axiom Exergy's orders and pipeline by executing contracts and developing related sales materials.

John joins Axiom Exergy with over a decade of experience in the energy sector. He was recently running his own energy consulting practice, which helped small to medium enterprises with business plans, sales and marketing strategies, and collateral creation.

Prior to his own consulting work, John spent 8 years with GE in various sales and marketing roles, including leading a global sales and marketing team for a distributed power generation product. John also worked in marketing GE's Ecomagination branded products, redesigned an online cross business lead sharing platform, and coordinated sales strategies for multiple GE Energy products to enter municipal markets. He is a graduate of GE's Experienced Commercial Leadership Program and has lived in cities all over the US.

John graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Economics and a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies with an emphasis on energy and sustainable development.

In his free time, John likes to hike, camp, surf, snowboard, play soccer, and do just about anything else outside.

Chris Pais

Field Operations Advisor

Chris Pais has over two decades of experience in design, development, application engineering, product, project and program management, commercialization and deployment of industrial systems used in the power generation, process and wastewater treatment industries. His expertise includes energy storage, distributed generation (DG), combined heat and power (CHP), fuel cells, skid-mounted process systems, chillers, pumps, compressors, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, evaporators, vacuum systems, lube-oil systems, piping and instrumentation. Prior to coming to Axiom, Chris worked in energy storage based on lithium-ion (at Bosch) and compressed-air (at LightSail) technologies. Previously, at FuelCell Energy, he was the Program Manager for two megawatt-scale stationary fuel cell products and managed the entire product development cycle starting from conception through design, construction, testing, certification and commercialization with an installed base exceeding 300 MW. He has published papers on fuel cell applications and heat transfer. He has an MSME from Penn State, a BSME from the Indian Institute of Technology and is a Registered Professional Engineer in New York and California.

Chris dabbles with tennis, running, hiking, guitar, art and cooking.

Varun Deshpande

Data Scientist

Varun completed his B.Tech in Electronics engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological institute in Mumbai and M.Sc in Energy Science, Technology and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He has domain expertise in Semiconductor sales & marketing as well as data science experience in renewable energy and grid efficiency.

After completing his bachelors degree, he started work at Texas Instruments as a Technical sales engineer where he managed global accounts like Honeywell, Eaton, Mitsubishi and Cummins. He was responsible for 25% annual revenue growth in 2013-2014 across his accounts which dealt with various embedded application in the industrial, consumer, medical and aerospace domains.

In 2014, Varun joined Algo Engines, a startup in the wind turbine data analytics space. At Algo Engines, Varun managed business development, investor pitches, user interface and experience for the website, search engine optimization as well as product design,  business logic and test algorithms for the core product. It was here that he got his first experience with machine learning algorithms which he used for short term wind speed forecasting to achieve nearly 90% prediction accuracy.

Varun joined the Energy science, technology and policy program at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall of 2015 where he focussed on the smart grid, grid efficiency and electric industry as a context and data science as a skillset. He interned at SparkMeter, an energy access startup where he employed machine learning methods to the application of theft detection for micro-grids in Haiti. After graduating, he worked with a professor in the University of Massachusetts as a research fellow working on consumption forecasts and customer segmentation for rural customers on the utility grid in Kenya.

Outside of work, Varun is a dance enthusiast, enjoys reading philosophy, going on hikes and aspires to play the saxophone.

Ryan Adelman

Commercial Advisor

Ryan is a business development executive with over eighteen years of experience in strategic planning, marketing and business development roles across industries ranging from energy efficiency and building controls to renewable energy and energy storage.

Ryan advises Axiom Exergy’s commercial strategy and related key functional areas including sales, marketing, product management and strategic partnerships.  Additionally Ryan supports the founding team in areas related to financial planning and fundraising.

Prior to joining Axiom Exergy, Ryan was the president of Adelman Advisory Group, a consultancy that helps early and growth-stage companies commercialize technology and catalyze growth opportunities.  In that role, Ryan mentored and advised several start-ups including Axiom Exergy where he began as a mentor during the 2014 Cleantech Open accelerator and shortly thereafter became an advisor before joining Axiom’s management team in late 2015.

Prior to his consulting practice, Ryan helped build the strategy team at Siemens Building Technologies a $4.5B global business and led the development of Siemens Retail and Commercial Systems, establishing Siemens as a global leader in enterprise, light commercial energy management services.  Ryan also architected several key portfolio growth plans for Siemens, including the lighting control, sensor and actuator business lines.  Ryan has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is the Western Division Strategy Chair for Cleantech Open.

Ryan is an avid cyclist and lives with his wife and daughter in San Francisco.