About

Our purpose is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help remote communities adapt to climate change.

Who We Are:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/stefanweissenberg/
Stefan Weissenberg – Founder and current Executive Director. (Photo from Haines Pass).

Hi, my name is Stefan. I have a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and ran a drone manufacturing company for 4 years.

The company was established to build purpose-made drones for volunteer search and rescue (SAR) teams and back-country wilderness adventurers, but the necessity to make profits to pay back research and development loans plus interest forced me to pivot to selling to the drone users with the most money: police departments, the military, oil and gas companies and wealthy agriculturalists.

I realized the profit motive was conflicting with my other, more important social and environmental goals. I now run Hydrocube.org, a Canadian not-for-profit corporation devoted to open source renewable energy technology.

When I decided to stop attempting to “dronify” the world and start working on the clearly more pressing issue of climate change mitigation and adaptation, I brought my experience in zero emission vehicles, renewable hydrogen and lithium batteries with me.

I am currently building a 450 square foot zero-carbon-emission tiny-home in Destruction Bay, Yukon, Canada.

Interested in joining us?

Outreach and social media

We need someone to help generate interest in our purpose and organization, and manage social media and crowdfunding accounts for Hydrocube.org

Engineers

We need you to help design and prototype our renewable energy systems.

Canadian residents earn up to 50% of their normal salary as a lump sum once a year through the Canada SRED program.

You will also earn a share of royalties if Hydrocube.org collectively patents one of your inventions.

Low cost or pro bono legal assistance

We need a short amount of your time to help revise draft bylaws of the nonprofit corporation, and other legal matters.

Why work with us?

  • A salary of C$20 – $30 / hr for part time, remote work for the right candidate/s
  • Credit for future benefits in the nonprofit organization for all your hours worked.
  • The chance to work on something meaningful – climate change
  • Extremely flexible hours (part time OK) and work location (work from home or anywhere)
  • Voting for executive director and other director positions in the nonprofit organization (conflict of interest / fossil fuel divestment and Canadian majority rules apply).

Please contact us with your resume (or a link to your LinkedIn profile) and a brief cover letter.

Statement of Principles:

1. International climate action

We strive to meet the United Nations’ climate goals, which seek a carbon dioxide emissions reduction (from 2018 levels) of 45% by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

The self-interest of individual nations’ GHG reductions targets are of no relevance to us. We are a global movement.

4. Small and focused

We are a small, focused, technology integrator organization. We focus our energy on system-level design, adapting existing technologies to the local climate, and integration of high quality, cost effective components from around the world to form the core renewable energy storage solution that we offer. We do not design or manufacture components.

2. Zero emission

Our renewable energy systems must have zero harmful emissions during operation.  We acknowledge and try to minimize greenhouse gas and other emissions during manufacture and shipping to us of our system components.

5. Community ownership and control

We are committed to local ownership and community control of energy generating assets. We require majority (51%) control of all renewable energy storage and generation infrastructure we help build, by permanent residents of the state, territory or province. Indigenous governments must approve projects within their traditional territory and are expected to be the major stakeholder.

3. Nonprofit

We are a nonprofit. Our only purpose is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible. All revenues are reinvested into reducing the end user cost of renewable energy, to facilitate a faster transition away from fossil fuels.

Only reasonable salaries will be paid; in no case will any employee, agent or director be paid an hourly rate that is more than 12 times the minimum wage in the relevant jurisdiction.