Fuze: Igniting Energy Tech

A Digital Wildcatters Experience

8th Wonder Brewery | Houston, TX
October 26th - 27th, 2022

Hong Zhang Durandal

Senior Manager, Energy Storage Business Development and M&A, EDPR

Hong has worked on international business development in the US, Israel, Japan, and Latin America. He has engaged with national and local governments, engineering consultants, construction firms, law firms, and international banks to ensure the development, construction, and operation of more than 2.3GW of solar, wind farms, and energy storage plants.

Hong has experience in wholesale and retail energy markets and has consulting which has directed new investment from Asian and European multinational companies into the Americas.

At Invenergy, Hong contributed to securing a Joint-Venture with the second largest utility in Colombia and secured 500MW of solar PPAs. Hong developed solar and energy storage projects in Israel, the Bahamas, and in the US. 

Over the past 3 years, Hong led the development and consolidation of Chile. He conducted all the negotiations with local developers and successfully secured $30 Million investment to acquire 1.6GW. Hong also led EDPR to participate in the Chilean national 2021 PPA tender and won 500GWh/yr. in contracted PPAs with 21 utilities. This has allowed EDPR to gain a strong presence in Chile and the Southern cone. 

Over the past 8 months, Hong established a local office in Santiago, Chile and hired more than 20 full-time employees and completed the development of the first EDPR wind farm in Chile. 

Hong is now leading energy storage business development and M&A in the US. He is an economics graduate from the University of Chicago and holds an MPP degree and a bachelors in Finance from Berea College. He has Chinese and Latino roots, is fluent in English and Spanish, and speaks Mandarin Chinese.