Danielle Fong

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Danielle A. Fong
Danielle Fong at age 23
Born (1987-10-30) October 30, 1987 (age 27)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Residence Flag of the United States.svg U.S.
Nationality Canadian
Institutions "LightSail Energy"
Alma mater Dalhousie University
Princeton University
Notable awards Energy Standout,
Forbes 30 under 30, 2011.
"Insights by Danielle Fong"

Danielle A. Fong (born October 30, 1987 in Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian entrepreneur and the co-founder and Chief Scientist of LightSail Energy, Inc.[1] In 2011, Fong was featured in Forbes' 30 under 30 in the Energy category.[2]


Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Fong dropped out of junior high school at the age of 12 to attend Dalhousie University.[3] She graduated from Dalhousie in 2005 at age 17 with first class honors in computer science and physics, after which she entered the Plasma Physics Department at Princeton University as a Ph.D. student, but later dropped out.[4]


After going on leave from the Princeton Plasma Physics program, Fong founded LightSail Energy, a Khosla Ventures backed company,[5] in 2009 with co-founders Stephen Crane and Edwin P. Berlin, Jr.[1] LightSail Energy is developing a form of compressed air energy storage, which they term regenerative air energy storage (RAES). LightSail changed focus from a vehicle based technology to a grid scale energy storage technology in the course of development.[6] In December 2011 Fong was featured in Forbes' 30 under 30 in the Energy category.[2] and interviewed by Forbes.com in a video titled "Danielle Fong May Save the World".[7] She was named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators under 35 in 2012.[8] She is a regular guest contributor to the Women 2.0 blog and was a featured speaker at the Women 2.0 PITCH Conference & Competition 2012.[9] She writes essays on various topics, including entrepreneurship and green technology, on her blog "Insights by Danielle Fong".[10]


  1. ^ a b lightsail.com "LightSail Energy Team Page". Retrieved on 24 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b Helman, Chris et al. "30 under 30:Energy", Forbes. Retrieved on 24 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Qualities of An Ideal Opportunity". Retrieved on 24 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Danielle Fong". Retrieved on 24 January 2012
  5. ^ "LightSail: The power of iteration". Retrieved on 24 January 2012.
  6. ^ Kanellos, Michael. "LightSail Shifts From Compressed Air Car to Grid Storage", 14 April 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Danielle Fong May Save the World", 19 December 2011. Retrieved on 24 January 2012.
  8. ^ Innovator Under 35: Danielle Fong, 24 - MIT Technology Review
  9. ^ "Women 2.0 Conference 2012". Retrieved on 24 January 2012
  10. ^ "Insights by Danielle Fong"