Company Overview

Based in Cerritos, California, Sapphire Technologies develops, manufactures and sells energy recovery systems for hydrogen and natural gas industrial applications.

Sapphire Technologies’ energy recovery systems are specifically designed to convert the energy wasted in pressure reduction processes into electric power without interrupting manufacturing or processing activities.

Our vision is to improve the way the world harvests and utilizes energy, and our mission is to enable substantial financial returns for our customers by harvesting wasted pressure energy while reducing the global carbon footprint.

Sapphire Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Calnetix Technologies, LLC. Calnetix Technologies has leveraged its expertise in advanced magnetic technologies to create a new approach for capturing energy in industrial processes. Calnetix designs, develops and manufactures permanent magnet electric motors and generators, variable speed drives and magnetic bearing systems for a wide variety of industries throughout the world. The company’s product portfolio includes high-speed systems for gas turbines, precision lasers, blowers, electrically assisted turbochargers, turboexpanders, food spray dryers, blood pumps and air and gas compression applications.

Sapphire Technologies' technical team is highly experienced in electromechanical and process engineering. Every machine developed at Sapphire is engineered and optimized to operate at peak efficiency and helps customers achieve financial gains while reducing their impact on the environment.

Leadership

Vatche Artinian, Chairman

Vatche Artinian, Chairman

Mr. Vatche Artinian is the Chairman of Sapphire Technologies. He is also a Co-Founder, the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of Calnetix Technologies and the Chairman of its affiliate company Upwing Energy. Mr. Artinian has over 30 years of experience in establishing and building businesses specializing in innovative technologies. Prior to forming Calnetix, he worked for AlliedSignal (Honeywell) and AVCON, Inc., during which he directed major programs for Lockheed Martin, Allied Signal Automotive and Ford Motor Company. Mr. Artinian holds a M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State Polytechnic University.

Freddie Sarhan, Chief Executive Officer

Freddie Sarhan, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Freddie Sarhan is the Chief Executive Officer of Sapphire Technologies. Mr. Sarhan has extensive experience in international business development and operations. He joined Calnetix in 2018, heading up business development in the industrial, energy and aviation sectors. Before joining Calnetix, he was the Vice President of the Americas for Praxair Surface Technologies, responsible for the company’s business in North and South America. Prior to that, Mr. Sarhan held the position of Vice President of Customer Service at Capstone Turbine Corporation. He began his career at Rolls-Royce as a member of the Trent industrial gas turbine development team. Mr. Sarhan holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Canada.

Ian Hart, Chief Financial Officer

Ian Hart, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Ian Hart is the Chief Financial Officer of Sapphire Technologies. He is also the Chief Financial Officer of Calnetix Technologies and its affiliate company Upwing Energy. Mr. Hart has over 30 years of experience in accounting, finance, strategic planning and operations. Mr. Hart joined Calnetix in 2005 and has managed several departments within the company, including finance, human resources and operations. Prior to joining Calnetix, Mr. Hart held senior level positions in finance and operations for public and private companies in their start-up or turnaround stage. He began his career in public accounting with Ernst & Whinney (now known as Ernst & Young). Mr. Hart holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He also obtained licensure from the DOI, DRE and NASD.

Andrea Matiauda, General Counsel

Andrea Matiauda, General Counsel

Ms. Andrea Matiauda is the General Counsel for Sapphire Technologies. She is also the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Calnetix Technologies. Ms. Matiauda joined Calnetix in 2005 and has played a key role in financing, M&A activity and establishment/sale of subsidiaries for the Calnetix group of companies. Ms. Matiauda began her legal career as a transactional attorney at Latham & Watkins. She earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

Kristen Frey, Vice President of Marketing

Kristen Frey, Vice President of Marketing

Ms. Kristen Frey is the Vice President of Marketing for Sapphire Technologies and Vice President of Corporate Operations and Communications for Upwing Energy, an affiliate company of Calnetix Technologies. Ms. Frey has over 15 years of experience defining marketing and organizational strategies and evaluating emerging markets. Before joining Upwing, Ms. Frey served as the Director of Marketing for Calnetix Technologies and its subsidiaries. Previously, Ms. Frey held multiple marketing, operations and communications management roles in the oil and gas industry, including positions with ORYXE Energy, Gulf Oil, ConocoPhillips, Tosco and Mobil Oil. Ms. Frey holds a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Georgia.

Company History

  • 2006

    Sapphire Technologies’ parent company Calnetix Technologies gained experience with energy recovery starting in 2006 when it acquired Turbogenix, a small start-up company capable of recovering heat from a variety of sources to produce usable electric power.

  • 2009

    An integrated high-speed turbine expander and high-efficiency generator was first used in Calnetix’s subsidiary Access Energy’s Organic Rankine Cycle system, which was developed for the purpose of recovering heat from internal combustion engines and biomass boilers.

  • 2017

    Access Energy achieved an install base of over 400 units worldwide with millions of hours of operation.

  • 2018

    Calnetix secured a 300 kW turboexpander generator development program for a natural gas pressure let down station from Baker Hughes.

  • 2019

    The turboexpander generator developed for Baker Hughes was installed in Italy. A purchase order was secured for the installation of FreeSpin™ In-line Turboexpanders at major natural gas utility in Asia.

  • 2020

    The gas pressure letdown application installations served as a basis for the formation of Sapphire Technologies.

Our Facility

Sapphire Technologies is co-located with parent company Calnetix Technologies on a seven-acre campus in Cerritos, California.

Sapphire has a state-of-the-art test facility for its FreeSpin™ In-line Turboexpander energy recovery systems. Test cells are utilized to verify and validate the operating conditions of the FreeSpin™ system. The validation tests at the facility include magnetic bearing load testing, full-speed operation of the generator and testing of the backup bearings at different design speeds. The engineers at Sapphire use bench testing to validate individual components and functionally test full assemblies. Further testing is done at the system level to ensure conformance to system level requirements.

Intellectual Property

Sapphire Technologies has been granted all background intellectual property for its FreeSpin™ In-line Turboexpanders by Calnetix Technologies. This includes permanent magnet machines, variable speed drives, magnetic bearings and system level controls. All patents have been developed internally and are protected and controlled in-house. Sapphire is filing its own application related patents for FreeSpin’s use in hydrogen and natural gas applications.