About Us

We envision a world of affordable
renewable energy for everyone,
everywhere, all the time.

We work every day to make our vision a reality in one generation.

Established in 2012, Hyperlight Energy is leading the way to a new future for concentrated solar power. While many CSP players have faltered, Hyperlight continues to produce quality solar power projects at a fraction of the cost of traditional steel-and-concrete solar projects with its flagship product, Hylux. Built from their manufacturing plant, Hyperlight continues to set the standard for affordable solar energy at any scale for all projects.

How Hylux Came To Be

Hyperlight CEO John King and his team were working on a bioenergy project using algae when they noticed the plastic pipes they were using heated up in the sun. This gave King the idea to develop Hylux™. Using plastic instead of steel means more affordable manufacturing and design costs at any scale.

The Team

photo - John King


Chief Executive Officer

With a Master of Business Administration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, a Masters of Science from UC Irvine, and a Bachelor’s from CalTech, it’s no surprise Mr. King found himself launching Hyperlight. His blend of experience in both business and science assisted him as the lead inventor of Hyperlight Energy’s novel plastic solar concentrator technology while accumulating over $7.5M in contracts and investments from Fortune 500 utility companies, government agencies, and private investors. Prior to Hyperlight, Mr. King was an architect of the $3.2 BB California Solar Initiative’s (CSI’s) online rebate system. In 2007, he also authored a seminal paper predicting the tectonic shift in business models in solar photovoltaic from a traditional ownership structure to a power purchase agreement structure. Mr. King is honored to serve on the Selection Committee for EvoNexus, San Diego’s premier start-up incubator. He holds 16 issued U.S. and international patents.

photo: Cory Cunningham


Co-Founder, VP Engineering

Nicholas Kramer is an engineer with over ten years of experience. As the co-founder and product technical lead, Kramer thrives in problem analysis and mechanical design. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in both mechanical engineering and business. Prior to Hyperlight, he worked as a mechanical engineer at Combined Power, LLC.

photo: Joe Gershen


Chief Operating Officer

Cory Cunningham is an executive operations leader with a notable track record in operations, manufacturing, and construction across the energy/water nexus over the last decade. He has a proven capture and execution record of over $50M in EPC (engineering, procurement, management) contracts for government, international, and private entities with focus on rapid execution of complex projects. Notable projects include the supplying of off-grid water purification systems to provide potable water for over 2 million Iraqi citizens.

Mr. Cunningham has served as part of the Hyperlight team since 2016, ensuring the successful design and construction of Hyperlight’s flagship Hylux projects. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a licensed General Contractor, was recognized as a Top Influential in San Diego Defense Industry, and has led in command and combat roles in the US Marine Corps for over 30 years. He serves on multiple non-profit boards, holds a Bachelors of Science in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson School at UCLA.


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