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Mogens Lauritzen was born in Denmark. While studying at University of New Hampshire in the early 1980s, he became alarmed about the prospect of global warming, and began pestering his relatives with dire forecasts of rising sea levels. During the 1990s, Lauritzen was busy experimenting with solar flat plate thermal systems, and added a solar PV system to his home at the dawn of the new century. It was out of those efforts that Lauritzen identified a need for better feedback methods in remote/distributed energy systems which in turn led to the remote controlled Thor™ Solar Thermal Control system.

Prior to founding Lauritzen Inc., he worked as a manager and consultant at Silicon Valley companies designing micro-processors. Mogens holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from University of New Hampshire, is a licensed C-10 and C-46 contractor, and is the holder of 3 US patents. Now that he is done with the Bugatti, during his idle (ha) time, Mogens enjoys windsurfing, racquet & winter sports, and hiking in the California outdoors.


Phil Hunter has a BSEET from DeVry Institute of Technology, and is a VMware Certified Professional. Prior to working at Lauritzen, he has worked as both a Solaris and RedHat Linux administrator and supported all kinds of computer systems as both a hardware and software technician.

Phil has long been interested in alternative energy and green technology. Recent projects have included running his lawn mower on hydrogen and experimenting with high voltage electrostatic agricultural sprayers. Fortunately, these experiments are not being done in proximity.


Ben Fredrickson is a recent graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (Go Bears!) with a double major in Math and Computer Science. As our intern, he works on a wide variety of projects including web sites, perl scripts, and our pic based controllers.

Ben’s hobbies include robotics, and he has worked with both OpenCV and ROS.


Brett Houtz is an undergraduate Math major and Computer Science minor at University of California at Santa Cruz. As a summer intern, he has worked on updating and developing this website.

Brett loves working with math and making small coding projects in his free time.