About AG-Grid Energy
Ag-Grid Energy is a developer, owner and operator of waste to energy facilities on dairy farms in the United States. Ag-Grid Energy has a vision to convert agricultural and organic waste into renewable energy and byproducts to support local area practices that lead towards a sustainable environment.
Manage design, permitting and build of the anaerobic digester
Secure Food Supply
Rashi Akki, Founder and CEO
Rashi Akki launched Ag-Grid Energy in 2016 with a vision to drive dairy farm sustainability by converting agricultural and organic waste to renewable energy, enhance farm management practices thereby improving farm viability and financial stability. Prior to launching Ag-Grid Energy LLC, Dr. Akki worked for 20 years at the chemical company DuPont. Dr. Akki held senior positions in central R&D, DuPont Titanium Technologies, Nonwovens and Industrial Biosciences. The experience at Industrial Biosciences introduced Dr. Akki to advanced biofuels and biogas. Currently Dr. Akki is a member of American Biogas Council and MABEC (Mid-Atlantic Biomass Energy Council). Dr. Akki received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University, M.S from University of Connecticut and Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Abu Akki, Director Business Development
Abu Akki joined Ag-Grid Energy as a Director Business Development after 2 years of manufacturing experience as a Process Improvement Engineer at Eastman Chemical Company. As a process engineer, Mr. Akki implemented large-scale changes, improving manufacturing processes and pushing manufacturing capacity. Mr. Akki received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Andrew Ferguson, Director Business Development
Andrew Ferguson joined Ag-Grid Energy as a Director Business Development after 3 years as Project Manager at Ecostrat Inc.. In this role he conducted due diligence and feedstock sourcing efforts for biogas projects. Andrew graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in Global Energy Transition and Governance from Centre International de Formation Europeénne in Nice, France.
Kenneth Verhelle, Director Food Waste Strategy & Operations
Ken brings over three decades of experience in the solid waste industry. He has worked his way through the ranks at some of the largest waste recycling and disposal companies in the United States. Ken was the Branch Manager for Safety Kleen Corporation and managed a hazardous waste transfer site that provided transportation and the recycle/disposal of hazardous waste in New England. He was also a Market Area Manager for SystemOne Technologies, an organization that sold recycling and solvent distillation equipment for degreasing parts. In addition, working for Waste Management/Wheelabrator and Tunnel Hill Partners, he has vast experience managing special waste projects that included site remediation; providing transportation, disposal, recycle, and incineration options. Ken has also managed recycling services for municipalities and various hauling companies throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions. Ken brings expertise in the logistics management area for waste management including moving waste by rail. In his most recent role, Ken served as the Business Development Manager for Agri-Cycle Energy, an organics collection and recycling company that de-packages and recycles organics through Anaerobic Digestion.
Martin Odom, Technology Consultant
Dr. Odom has 29 years of industrial experience in DuPont’s Central Research Biochemical Science and Engineering Division. Dr. Odom’s experience includes development of new technologies for oil and gas production, biomass conversion to methane, liquid fuels, via both solar and dark fermentative processes.
The last 2 years at DuPont, Dr. Odom consulted on anaerobic digestion of cellulosic wastes from cellulosic bioethanol process. Dr. Odom holds PhD degree from University of Georgia Dept. of Biochemistry. Prior to joining Dupont in 1985 Dr. Odom did postdoctoral work in 1. study basic reactions in anaerobic digestion using grant from Gas Research Institute, and 2. biomass conversion to hydrogen at Solar Energy Research Institute.