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This is Soletair Power’s Core Team

Driven by Science and Impact

The leadership team at Soletair Power has a history of being involved in startups. They have also been educated at some of the top engineering and business schools. This experience and knowledge have helped the team create several successful startups in the past, and they are now working together to deploy Soletair Power’s technology at scale and make the vision succeed.

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Petri Laakso

Chief Executive Officer, Partner

Petri Laakso has been the CEO of Soletair Power since 2019. Prior to joining the company, Petri worked in the photovoltaic industry as Vice-President of Projects at Valoe Oyj. Before getting involved in cleantech, Petri worked at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, where he focused on developing advanced manufacturing methods such as laser processing and 3D printing.

Phone: +358 40 544 5646

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Ari Piispanen

Co-Founder, Sales Director

Ari Piispanen holds over 100 patents and founded more than 10 startups over the last 30 years. A serial entrepreneur and an inventor – Ari gets new business ideas quicker than CO2 and H2 synthesize to CₓHᵧ. Ari is the co-founder of Soletair Power, along with co-founder Pasi Vainikka, the founder of Solar Foods.

Phone: +358 400 759 062

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DSc. (Tech) Kimmo Rauma

Chairman of the Board, Partner

Dr. Kimmo Rauma serves as Chairman of the Board & Partner at Soletair Power. He founded and served as Chief Executive Officer at Visedo. He was a Senior Researcher at the Lappeenranta University of Technology and holds a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in Electrical Engineering from the same institution. He is now the Vice President at Danfoss Editron; Partner & Chairman of the Board at Soletair Power.

Phone: +358 50 3400 935

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Jarno Kaakkunen, Ph.D.

Program Manager

Jarno is a highly experienced professional in the field of laser materials processing applications. He has several publications in the fields of Physics, Optics, Laser Processing and Solar technology.

Phone: +358 40 776 6158

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Timo Hakuli

Chief Mechanical Design Engineer

After graduating from South Carelia Polytechnic in 2007 with a B.Sc degree in Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Timo Hakuli has been working as an Equipment and Plant Engineer. He has worked in product development and itemization projects and has also experience in site supervision of equipment installation. After extensive hands-on work experience, Timo took a leave from work in 2015 to study and obtained an M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the Lappeenranta University of Technology in 2019. His hobbies include building/modifying classic cars, boating, forestry, snowboarding and renovating old summer cottages.

Phone: +358 40 529 9208

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Rabius Sunny

Communications Lead

Rabius Sunny plans and develops growth strategies for Soletair Power aligning with its core brand. His hobby is reading novels, deciphering encrypted codes, and making everyday life easy by implementing automation.

Phone: +358 40 512 1772

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Antti Paajanen

R&D Engineer

Antti Paajanen has a postgraduate degree from the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. With a focus on Control Engineering, Embedded systems, and Electrical Drives, Mr. Antti has acquired a wealth of technical knowledge and expertise that he expertly applies to his work. He is a true magician with Raspberry Pi, and he has honed his skills in Python, C, and SolidWorks to a level of exceptional proficiency.

Phone: +358 40 126 0702

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Niklas Vartiainen

Mechanical Design Engineer

Niklas Vartiainen has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Lappeenranta University of Technology. Niklas brings to the table a wealth of technical knowledge and expertise in a variety of essential software tools. He is highly skilled in Python, Matlab, Autodesk Fusion 360, Cura, and SolidWorks. Niklas is a highly talented and experienced mechanical engineer with a deep understanding of essential software tools that are critical to the success of our projects.

Phone: +358 45 783 4965

Board of Directors

Anja Frada

Member of the Board

Anja Frada is the Chief Operating Officer, Energy Business at Wärtsilä; and a member of the board at Soletair Power.

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Kimmo Rauma

Chair of the Board

Kimmo Rauma is the Vice President at Danfoss Power Solutions, United States; and the Chair of the Board and Partner at Soletair Power. Kimmo founded several startups and made a successful exit from Visedo Oy to Danfoss Editron.

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