About Us

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About Us

At Special Power Sources, we are on a mission to provide the most rugged and reliable power protection solutions on the planet. The kind that allow power to be possible in the some of the most remote areas. For that reason Special Power Sources is dedicated to creating power solutions that are reliable and strongly supported both in the field and remotely. With clean and reliable power generators Special Power Sources is also able to increase energy efficiency in most any remote application – making for some very powerful possibilities.

Leadership

Roland Dixon

Roland Dixon

President

Mr. Roland M. Dixon is the President/CEO of Special Power Sources (SPS) LLC, a renewable energy Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) company formerly known as Atrex Energy. Prior to SPS, he was the Director of Business Development at Atrex Energy. He joined Atrex Energy in Sept 2017 after working in positions of increased responsibility for Raytheon over the last 10 years culminating as the Senior Executive for a $2.0B intelligence and surveillance program. Roland had stints at Rockwell Collins and DRS Technologies in marketing, program and operations management. Roland is a retired LTC and an Army Acquisition Corps professional with level 3 certifications in program management and test and evaluation. His noteworthy Army program manager assignments include PM, Air and Command Tactical Trainers (ACTT) in Orlando FL and Joint Surveillance Target Airborne Radar Systems (JSTARS) Test Director in Melbourne FL. Roland Dixon holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Manufacturing from North Carolina A&T State University and a MS degree in Material Acquisition Management from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). He is the author of STRICOM support to PEO Aviation, published in the Army Aviation magazine in 2001. Roland is married to Brenda Dixon and most proud of graduating all four children from Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) with Bachelor degrees. In addition, Roland is an Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship member and actively involved at Jonesville Baptist Church mentoring young men in faith, business acumen and creating your own opportunities in life.

Ted Ohrn

Ted Ohrn

CTO

Mr. Ted Ohrn is the Chief Technical Officer of Special Power Sources (SPS) LLC, a renewable energy Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) company formerly known as Atrex Energy. Prior to SPS, he had worked for LG Fuel/Rolls Royce Fuel Cell Systems for 12 years. Ted is a versatile R&D manager and mechanical engineer with over 30 years of experience in technology development and testing. His expertise was formed developing test capabilities from Technology Readiness Levels TRL3 – TRL6, and producing performance and durability data to qualify technology, overseeing model development and application for analysis and design. He has R&D experience with thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and electrochemical analysis. Tes has also been a skilled mentor for test engineers and technicians. Ted is married to Janet Ohrn and has two adult children. He is also a member of the elder board at Alliance Christian Center Church, and a board member of the Alliance Pregnancy Center, both in Alliance Ohio.

Silas Klingelhofer

Silas Klingelhofer

Chief Operating Officer, Advanced TechWorks

Skilled in various aspects of design, manufacturing, fabrication, machining, robotics, programing, and high-performance welding including orbital welding. Over 12 years of experience working with highly challenging R&D systems, 15+ years of experience in fabrication and assembly of complex systems. A proven track record of successful, high-quality results, in technically challenging and time sensitive settings. Effective at managing several dynamic and technical projects simultaneously.

Careers

Special Power Sources is building a dynamic team of passionate people to build upon the successes of the past as we position ourselves for future growth opportunities in both commercial and defense arenas. We are looking for critical thinkers who like to work together to challenge the status quo and make something “special”. Let us know if you think you are the kind of person who can contribute to our team as we look to provide efficient power sources in remote places.

Cell Development Engineer – Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

  • Location – Alliance, Ohio
  • Full Time

Primary Employment Objectives

  • Lead and coordinate fuel cell development activities in house and with university partners
  • Test and evaluation of SOFC cells and bundles including test specification and data analysis
  • Work with the product development team to integrate new technologies
  • Assist with diagnostics and post-test analysis of fielded systems
  • Continuous improvement of product lines

Knowledge, Skill & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in Electrochemistry, Materials Science or a related field (required)
  • Advanced degree (preferred)
  • Practical experience in solid oxide fuel cells
  • Knowledge of electrochemical and materials characterization including impedance spectroscopy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good organization and time management skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-functional team environment
  • Must be a self-starter, ambitious, and willing to tackle new challenges

Lead Mechanical Designer

  • Location – Alliance, Ohio
  • Full Time

Primary Employment Objectives

  • Works with CTO, manufacturing lead, and product leads on all designs to foster a consistent process
  • Collaborating with the team on initial concepts, solid model designs, and prototypes
  • Participating in all project phases, from strategy to launch to optimization
  • Solving complex product design problems to deliver best-in-class solutions
  • Managing and maintaining the overall design process from solid models through detailed drawings and integration with production
  • Establish and maintain a design/drawing database
  • Meticulous detail and care for design execution, from concept through delivery
  • Working in a highly collaborative environment where people share work daily

Knowledge, Skill & Experience Requirements

  • Minimum four years industrial product design experience
  • Associates Degree or higher in CAD Engineering is a plus.
  • Previous leadership and / or management experience is a plus
  • More than 4 years of experience with Inventor/AutoDesk
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Project
  • Have a design for manufacturing and cost mentality
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good organization and time management skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-functional team environment
  • Must be a self-starter, ambitious, and willing to tackle new challenges