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  • Writer's pictureGail Montgomery

Unveiling the Blueprint for Energy Storage Success: A Deeper Dive with John Langhus of Photon Vault™

(You can also view us on Spotify or listen to it on Apple Podcasts. )

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In our recent vodcast episode, we explored with John the need for energy storage. What is it? And what innovations

Photon Vault is crafting for the future of it.

John broke it down for us: "Renewable sources like wind and solar are amazing, but they're not 24/7. We need a solution for those non-sunny and non-windy hours.

That's where Photon Vault steps in!"

Photon Vault's Unique Technology

What sets Photon Vault apart? John spilled the beans on their cutting-edge technology—fancy bricks that store energy. These bricks allow for scalability, catering to short-term bursts and massive 100-hour storage alike. It's a mind-blowing and completely unique product that's turning heads in the energy storage landscape.

A Day in the Life of a Chief Commercial Officer

Ever wondered what a Chief Commercial Officer does? According to John, it involves wearing many hats in a startup—from legal counsel to business development and fundraising. And no, it doesn't involve making commercials - he assured us.

Economic Awareness: Navigating the Startup Landscape

John keenly emphasized the economic challenges embedded in the startup journey. As an entrepreneur, it's crucial to acknowledge that everything takes longer than anticipated, and costs often surpass initial projections. The surprises are inevitable, and it's how you navigate them that sets the tone for success.

Why does that matter?

1. Managing Expectations:

Entrepreneurs often set ambitious timelines and budget forecasts. John's advice is a reality check—a reminder to expect the unexpected.

Being prepared for economic surprises fosters resilience and adaptability, crucial qualities in the dynamic startup landscape.

2. Nurturing Financial Health:

Startups operate under resource constraints, making financial health paramount. Acknowledging potential economic bumps allows for better financial planning.

Being financially prepared ensures you have the runway needed to keep the business soaring, even when faced with unforeseen challenges.

3. Building Stakeholder Confidence:

Transparent communication about economic realities builds trust with stakeholders, whether they're investors, team members, or partners. And let's not forget the partners in our personal lives. Startups are stressful on the pocketbook, relationships, and ourselves.

Demonstrating a proactive approach to economic challenges instills confidence in your ability to navigate the business landscape professionally AND personally.

Mission Alignment: The North Star for Entrepreneurial Success

John emphasizes the importance of revisiting your mission regularly. In the whirlwind of entrepreneurial pursuits, it's easy to get sidetracked by shiny objects and lose sight of why you started the journey in the first place. Committing to regular reviews of the mission and vision AND values provides the opportunity to do just that.

Why is this insight significant?

1. Purpose-Driven Decision Making:

Your mission is the compass guiding your decisions. Regularly revisiting it ensures that every move aligns with your core values and long-term goals. Mission-driven decision-making fosters a sense of purpose within the team and resonates with customers who connect with your brand story.

2. Adaptability in the Face of Change:

Startups are dynamic, and markets evolve. A well-defined mission provides a stable foundation amidst change. When faced with new opportunities or challenges, aligning decisions with the mission streamlines choices and ensures coherence in your business strategy.

3. Employee Engagement and Retention:

A clear mission creates a sense of belonging among employees. They understand the bigger picture and find fulfillment in contributing to a shared goal. Mission alignment enhances employee retention by fostering a culture where everyone is working towards a common purpose.

In essence, John's insights offer a compass and a toolkit for entrepreneurs navigating the complexities of the startup world. By staying economically vigilant and aligning with a steadfast mission, startups can not only weather the storms but also chart a course toward sustainable success.


Photon Vault™ is the cleanest, most efficient, and most profitable energy storage solution. Solar and wind energy create energy gaps when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine. Effective and reliable energy storage is necessary to continue decarbonizing the electricity supply and solving the climate crisis. The Photon Vault is a new energy storage solution that outputs more electricity than it pulls from the grid.


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