FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
David Bergeron has worked in the refrigeration and aerospace industries for 40 years. He holds three refrigeration patents, and three spacecraft patents, and is the founder of SunDanzer, selling solar powered refrigerators world-wide, based on technology he developed while working at NASA. Mr. Bergeron has served as the lead engineer on a satellite design for reentry and recovery, the lead engineer and project manager for the Lunar habitat solar power heat pump demonstration test article development, and was the technical lead for NASA’s Advanced Technology Refrigeration project, developing, testing, and evaluating thermoelectric, Stirling, and variable speed vapor compression cycle technologies. Mr. Bergeron graduated from Texas A&M University cum laude in 1982 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and from the University of Houston CLC in 1985 with a Masters in Finance. David and Heather, his wife of 34 years, live in Tucson AZ. They have 5 kids and 1 grandson.
Short Story from David: When I was 13 years old we had the Arab Oil Embargo. When I was 16, and driving my first car, we had gas lines. The lines made me realize how dependent we are on oil. It eventually drove me to study alternative energy. The Encyclopedia of Energy was my favorite book. In college, I focused on renewable energy as a mechanical engineer. I became the assistant to a fellow getting his Ph.D. on a solar thermal driven jet pump air conditioner. After that I was hooked on solar and refrigeration! After a brief 18-year career in aerospace building satellites (yes it was cool), I found a path to return to my first love of renewable energy and refrigeration, and have been doing that since 1999. I started part-time and continued aerospace work to make ends meet. After four years of running SunDanzer, we broke even financially, and we celebrated! After my 5th year, I was able to stop the aerospace work and focus 100% on SunDanzer and solar powered refrigeration.
Vice President Medical Projects
I’m a PH.D. economist who loves teaching and dealing with real world- especially developing world- problems. I’m particularly proud to represent and promote the product that SunDanzer has brought to the market to address a fundamental weakness in the vaccine cold chain.
CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
I am driven by my insatiable curiosity for how the world works. I craft products that bring value through robustness, reliability, and usability. I believe in the principles of Austrian economics, and strive to bring products to market without subsidy.
SunDanzer Refrigeration will bring value to the world through a robust vaccine cold chain. Through SunDanzer’s hybrid vaccine storage technology, we offer the best value proposition for off-grid medical storage. Product innovation has been a key component to SunDanzer’s success for nearly 25 years, so SunDanzer will continue to challenge the product paradigm for the benefit of the world.
NGO PROJECT MANAGER
Mike project and program managed the four year IFAD “GreenTech” grant, where SunDanzer implemented 9 pilot projects in 6 countries in East and Southern Africa (www.ifadgreentech.org). Aside from grant projects, he is also involved in market assessment and business development in developing countries. He has a passion for market-based solutions, social enterprise and conscious business, consulting with a variety of people and companies. Mike earned an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz.