White House Highlights Ed O'Rourke as a ''Champion of Change'' for His Efforts to Advance Innovations in Renewable Energy

On Thursday, April 19th, Ed O’Rourke will be one of nine individuals honored at the White House as Champions of Change for advancing new ideas that are leading the way to a clean energy future and an economy that’s built to last.

“Supporting homegrown sources of renewable energy is a key part of the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and strengthen national security,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “The leaders we’ve selected as Champions of Change are helping to grow our economy, reduce pollution in our communities, and position America as a world leader in clean energy.”

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 12:30 pm ET on April 19th.

Ed O’Rourke is the CEO of Iris Technology Corporation, an Irvine, California -based company dedicated to delivering the best power and energy solutions for American troops.  Iris Technology supplies the military with products that promote energy independence and enhance national security.  PV powered battery recharging technology, including from Iris Technology Corporation, has allowed Marine Patrols to go three weeks without a battery re-supply instead of the standard 2-3 days, enhancing the expeditionary nature of their missions and reducing the number of dangerous re-supply missions needed.



Fact Sheet

Iris Technology and Edward J. O’Rourke,

President and Chief Executive Officer

President and chief executive officer of Iris Technology Corporation, a defense contractor specializing in military power systems and space electronics, Edward J. O’Rourke has led the development of cutting edge alternative energy technologies such as the Solar Portable Alternative Communications Energy System (SPACES), in use by the US Marine Corps.

One of the most dangerous aspects of any combat operation is transporting fuel and batteries to the field. O’Rourke has been committed to providing reliable solar energy sources in remote areas to protect US troops from harm by reducing the need for battery and fuel resupplies.

Iris Technology is best known for designing and building systems that collect, route or move energy such as vehicle power inverters (QuietPower), radio power adapters (Merlin), and solar power solutions such as SPACES. 

SPACES is designed for use by an individual in tactical and remote environments. It converts solar energy to power that supports operations and communications equipment, charges batteries, and runs commercial accessories. The next step beyond SPACES is extending the proven SPACES solar power capability from 300 watts to 3 kilowatts and increasing its applicability from supporting a single person to powering a forwarding operating base.

“I am deeply honored and fortunate to be working with very creative and highly skilled people. Each day I look forward to empowering our customers with innovative technologies that promote energy independence, enhance national security, and ultimately save lives. Having grown up in a military household, this is a mission of great personal meaning,” said O’Rourke.

Selected from a field of more than 200 nominees, O’Rourke was nominated by Kate Brandt, Special Advisor for Energy to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Brandt specializes in energy security policy and energy innovation strategy.

Over the past 34 years, O’Rourke has overseen the successful completion of more than 500 projects in space electronics, weapon systems, infrared sensors and power sources. Prior to founding Iris Technology Corporation in 1986, he was Program Manager at Rockwell International and a System Engineer at Ford Aerospace and Communications and at McDonnell Douglas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Management from the University of California, Los Angeles. His philanthropic involvement includes the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF).

O’Rourke’s blog is being featured on the White House website: www.whitehouse.gov/champions/blog.


About Iris Technology

Founded in 1986, Iris Technology is the premier integrator of reliable tactical power systems for the military. Iris Technology also supports commercial and strategic space operations with, among others, cryocooler electronics and electro-optic system components. Iris has delivered over 20,000 products to destinations worldwide, has seen a 50% increase in annual revenue growth most years for the past half-decade, and has been recognized by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as a Best Value Contractor since 2004.


Source: Iris Technology (The Boyer Syndicate, Inc.)
Date: Apr 19, 2012