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The Evolution of HCI Energy

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While traveling the world as an energy industry executive, Ray Ansari was constantly evaluating power systems and looking for smarter ways to meet user needs. In 1996, he founded HCI Energy, LLC to offer equipment instruments and controls automation design and consulting. As the company evolved and began integrating renewable energy solutions into its arsenal within the last decade, Ray discovered a new challenge in an obvious unmet need.

How could HCI Energy develop a solution for bringing reliable and environmentally friendly power to areas where resources are scarce, transportation is unreliable and environmental conditions add complexity?

The Problem

With a formidable challenge in front of them, the Hybrid team started by identifying the problem. Historically, when remote off-grid users needed reliable power, they installed an environmentally hostile diesel generator, which required a continuous supply of diesel fuel and consistent technical support. These ongoing requirements presented inherent problems with system reliability and a rising total cost of ownership. Perhaps most significantly, when applying this legacy technology, the opportunity for power outages was high if fuel or support could be compromised in any way.

The Solution

To address these issues, Ray and his team of experts developed the Hybrid Cube. This power solution presents a cost-effective option that is less hostile to the environment and far more efficient to operate for any situation in which a diesel generator is considered a viable energy source. Using a combination of solar, wind, battery and Green Fuel Cell Power generators, the Cube provides reliable power to even the most remote locations. Plus, its innovative, self-contained design makes it highly portable via standard international transportation channels and protocols.

Learn more about our patented Hybrid Cube design, and how its seamless delivery and deployment can positively impact any situation. Read more

Meet the People Powering HCI Energy

Ray Ansari

Founder & CEO


Ray has more than decade of experience in the energy industry, having served in executive-level roles with industry leading firms developing innovative technologies. His responsibilities have included everything from the design of electrical power and controls for industrial process plants to the development of stationary fuel cell systems for numerous markets.

Internationally, Ray has been at the forefront of leveraging current technologies to serve clients on all continents. He founded HCI Energy to further facilitate the deployment of current energy innovation and help clients benefit from the leading-edge technologies. Ray holds an MBA from Oklahoma City University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

At HCI Energy, we continue to innovate and look for cost-effective, efficient solutions for common problems faced around the world.

Ben Kalny

Board Member


Having founded and/or funded a number of entrepreneurial endeavors, Ben relies on a broad exposure to numerous and diverse industries to help the HCI Energy team excel. He has a strong real estate investment track record, unique knowledge of manufacturing and technology, and an unparalleled problem-solving skill set. Ben holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law and a B.S. in Business, summa cum laude, from Tusculum College.

John Christy

Advisor to the Board


As a Certified Financial PlannerTM, John works with business owners to evaluate risk, address business continuity issues and implement strategic financial plans that lead to continued business growth and development. He plays an integral role in the HCI team by leveraging his knowledge of economics and risk management to ensure the group’s strategic vision is met. John graduated from Kansas State University with a business degree emphasizing finance and economics.

Tim Tierney

Advisor to the Board


With a diverse background in IT management, project planning and telecom solutions, Tim brings a wealth of leadership and process improvement skills to the group. Throughout his career, he’s established vast technical skills that translate across verticals, which have been fundamental in propelling HCI Energy forward as a leader in reliable power for critical infrastructure. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Wichita State University.

Bill Cole

Advisor to the Board


Utilizing his project management and training skills, Bill provides dynamic and insightful leadership to the HCI Energy team. Having spent the last 12 years consulting in various engineering sectors and establishing positive connections across the domestic and international utility and energy communities, he is integral to all business development and strategic planning efforts. He holds a BA from the University of Colorado, as well as an MBA from the University of Kansas.