SEATTLE, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Breakthrough Energy Ventures today announced Eric Toone as executive managing director and science lead and David Danielson as managing director for science.

The two are the first employees hired on the BEV science team since the $billion fund launched in December to finance emerging technology with the potential to deliver affordable, reliable, zero-carbon energy.

BEV’s vision to transform the energy market requires the deep in-house scientific expertise that Eric and David provide,” said John Arnold, BEV board member, founder of Centaurus Advisors and co-chair of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Danielson joins BEV from Stanford University, where he is a Precourt Energy Scholar.

Prior to Stanford, Danielson spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Energy, including four years as assistant secretary of energy heading the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy the world’s largest government funding agency devoted exclusively to energy innovation.

In December 2016, members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition formed Breakthrough Energy Ventures as a vehicle to help satisfy the world’s growing demand for affordable, reliable, zero-carbon energy.

As a for-profit, private-sector effort, BEV builds on the foundation of research laid by efforts such as Mission Innovation a commitment by 22 nations and the European Union to double their investment in clean energy R&D.About Breakthrough Energy VenturesFounded by members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, Breakthrough Energy Ventures invests in next generation technologies to provide reliable, affordable, zero-carbon energy, food, and products to the world.