About Lauritzen

Company History

Mr. Mogens Lauritzen established Lauritzen Inc. in 2006. Lauritzen Inc. is the successor to Lauritzen Engineering, founded in 1997. Lauritzen Engineering initially provided microprocessor design services to Silicon Valley technology companies. Starting in 2005, the firm changed focus and began developing products within the renewable energy sector. Renewable energy was a familiar territory to Mr. Lauritzen, who in 1977 led a high school student project that built a trough-based solar thermal collector.


Mission Statement

Our expertise is technology, and we have chosen our careers because we thrive on technology. Our passion is providing leading edge commercial hardware and software solutions with emphasis on remotely managed control systems.


What We Do

By using highly integrated microprocessors, coupled with internet technology, reliable remote control of many different types of energy systems can be realized.

We are currently shipping products that control anywhere from a single axis stand-alone tracker to commercial fields of multiple axis trackers. Our real time monitoring and reporting systems make certain that your systems are working at peak efficiency no matter what the operating conditions.


Core Values

We love what we do, and we care about our customers, vendors, and the environment. We endeavor to source and manufacture all our products locally to the maximum extent possible. We stand by our products and will see to it that our mistakes are identified, repaired, and incorporated into a process so they will not reoccur. Honesty, accountability, reliability, and integrity are our business principles.

Testimonials for Lauritzen Inc.

This letter is to inform you as to how happy and gratified we are with your product and the expertise you contributed during the install of this product. The SCX2PO solar tracker controller is simple to install and use, yet the platform is very sophisticated and versatile. We can retrofit the SCX2PO to every solar tracker we encounter. We now are in the process of using your electronics on all future machines we manufacture.

Your electronics are simply the best. I am honored to say that I will be recommending your products and services to all who need electronics for their solar tracker.

Reid Aldridge
Sundial Solar Trax Inc.

I just want to say thank you for such a professional job helping us on the trackers in Pleasant Hill. You really know your stuff, and in addition you have a great, proactive, customer-centric style as well.

Everything seems to be working properly, and it gives me great confidence that it came up so easily and you were so on top of the details.

Mark Byrington, President
Cobalt Power Systems, Inc.

I recommend Lauritzen Inc as a worthy vendor, partner, or engineering services firm for your consideration for any renewable energy controls system. Lauritzen Inc is a company in good standing with us and we are confident that they will continue to successfully deliver through the remainder of this project. We will consider Lauritzen Inc for future projects as well.

Bob MacDonald, CEO
Skyline Solar

KACO has, through MeteoControl, contracted Lauritzen Inc. to develop an integrated monitor solution for our line of inverters. The work included both developing a new hardware product as well as related software development. We will continue to use Lauritzen Inc. to develop our inverter monitoring projects, and I would recommend using Lauritzen Inc. technology in your applications too.

Vince Lucia, Vice President Operations
KACO Solar

Who We Are

Mogens Lauritzen was born in Denmark grew up as a Ham Radio enthusiast. 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 construction projects, windsurfing and playing with a solar powered boat.


Bent Torp Jensen was born in Denmark, and grew up as a Ham Radio enthusiast as well. Bent received his Electrical Engineering degree from University of Southern Denmark. Bent eventually moved to Southern California via the Danish company Christian Rovsing where he specialized in communications. Not having an affinity for either surfing or dancing, he quickly decided to move to Silicon Valley where he made a career with Cisco. Bent was about to make yet another shortwave radio, when Mogens persuaded him to drop his retirement plans and join Lauritzen where he is charge of production. His spare time is used hiking in the nearby hills, experimenting with Raspberry systems, improving his Python programming skills, and most of all playing with his granddaughter.


Interns

Interns have played a large role at Lauritzen. We usually have one intern position per summer. The responsibilities are hands-on but usually limited to non-mission-critical tasks.


Brett Houtz was an undergraduate Math major and Computer Science minor at University of California at Santa Cruz. As a summer intern, he worked on updating and developing this website. Brett loves working with math and making small coding projects in his free time.


Brian J. Silverman was a Mountain View High School graduate. On his first day, he was given a task-list for the summer which he completed by the second day! Brian had not told Mogens that he “likes to browse computer science related manuals and technical information as goodnight reading"! An entirely different task list was required, so Brian was asked to take off for a day – before starting on a new to-do list.


Ben Fredrickson was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (Go Bears!) with a double major in Math and Computer Science. He on a wide variety of projects including web sites, perl scripts, and our controllers. Ben's hobbies include robotics, and he has worked with both OpenCV and ROS.


Travis Schuh was a Mountain View High School graduate. Travis has a great knack for mechanical engineering, so it was only natural that he be put in charge of creating a new website! Never shy to take on a new challenge, Travis quickly figured out how HTML can be styled with CSS, and how to generate scripted dynamic pages. Nowadays Travis is busy making medical widgets for use in Operating Rooms.

Careers at Lauritzen Inc.

We can always use extra help!

If you are interested in doing your bit to help the renewable energy sector along, and possess an inquisitive nature, curiosity, and talent, you will feel right at home among our team. We do not discriminate, period! But we do expect you to be a self-starter and highly motivated.

During the summer, or if you want to take a break from school, we have internships where you get to work on products that will be used and with plenty of freedom to innovate.

Here is a list of tasks, in no particular order, and jobs which we perform:

  • Documentation

  • Perl/Python/Ruby

  • HTML

  • C

  • Hardware design

  • Final test & assembly

And it goes without saying that any additional knowledge of the renewable energy sector is a plus.

Working offsite is not a problem; in fact, it is encouraged – as long as you get your job done.