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James P. Dunn Profile


Jim Dunn is one of the more knowledgeable scientists in the field of new energy. His specialty is in Fuel Cells and the Hydrogen economy, as well as in photovoltaics, though he also has a good understanding of a broad number of other renewable modalities.

Dunn holds a number of patents in the laptop and energy fields, and has worked with scores of inventors and entrepreneurs helping them commercialize their technologies. He has considerable experience in writing business plans and Executive Summaries, and commercialization strategies, etc. and knows how to raise seed capital.

He currently serves consulting on Renewable Energy projects.

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Official Websites

Executive Summary

James Dunn is the President of Energy Technology Consultants, and past Director of the NASA NE Regional Technology Transfer Center. Mr. Dunn also served as the CEO and CTO of the Center for Technology Commercialization, in Westborough, MA. Mr. Dunn has over 30 years experience in a variety of high technology ventures with companies from startups to Fortune 100 companies like IBM and Exxon. His technology specialty fields are Alternative and Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Advanced Batteries and Energy Storage, and Hybrid vehicles.

Mr. Dunn began his career as a Systems Engineer with IBM Corporation, where he worked for 11 years in the Data Processing, Office Products, and the Federal Systems Divisions. While located in Washington, DC, he spent 6 years working as a special consultant to the National Security Agency in Maryland. Mr. Dunn also worked for 3 years at Exxon Enterprises in NYC as a Manager of Technology Ventures. At Exxon, Mr. Dunn was responsible for identifying and analyzing investment opportunities and overseeing high-tech ventures in Ink Jet printing, Flat Panel Display development, and related office automation technologies.

In 1981, Mr. Dunn founded MicroOffice Systems Technology and developed the Laptop Computer, receiving 2 early patents. After selling MicroOffice in 1985, Mr. Dunn was the President of Venture Catalyst Group, a Westport, CT based consulting firm specializing in technology assessment, new venture development, due diligence reviews, turnaround management, and corporate partnering.


Mr. Dunn also works with various renewable-energy programs, including the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s annual "Tour de Sol", Monte Carlo 100 MPG Challenge, and Building Energy Conference. In addition, he is a regular expert on This New Car, which is broadcast and webcast weekly on WICN/90.5 FM, the NPR affiliate serving Central New England. He is also a founder and board member of the Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition.


See also Jim Dunn's profile at http://www.wicn.org/programs/thisnewcar.htm

Other activities

Reaction Sciences, Inc

Reaction Sciences presents a new ultra-low cost way to make silicon for solar panels. James currently serves as VP of Operations and Business Development. He recently raised $5M for them.

Advanced Technology Products Inc.

James P. Dunn '67, president of Advanced Technology Products Inc. (ATP)

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund

Dunn presently performs due diligence assessments of new energy technologies and start-ups for this group.

MASS Renewable Energy Trust

Dunn presently performs due diligence assessments of new energy technologies and start-ups for this group.

MIT Solar Decathlon Zero Energy Home

Dunn is a technical advisor for the MIT Solar Decathlon Zero Energy Home project.

Patents

Abstract
Electrically powered aircraft having fuel cells as at least a partial source of electrical energy. In many instances the electrical energy powers an electric motor used to propel the aircraft. In some instances, the electric output from the fuel cell would be augmented by power from special high power "surge" batteries for critical takeoff and climbing, where the maximum electric power is required. In preferred embodiments, such fuel cell powered aircraft will supply oxygen to the fuel cell either from a container of oxygen carried on board the aircraft, or from a ram scoop which directs air through which the aircraft is moving to the fuel cell.
Abtract
An auxiliary failsafe engine starting apparatus locates the batteries or other power storage devices with respect to the current carrying cable(s) to provide high conformability between extended and storage configurations, and includes a protective power control switching module. High conformability of an apparatus is defined herein as being configurable between a greatest extended configuration having a length (l.sub.e) and a storage configuration having a length (l.sub.s), wherein l.sub.e .gtoreq.3 l.sub.s. Preferred apparatus have conformability ratios of .gtoreq.3, .gtoreq.4, .gtoreq.5, .gtoreq.7.5, and .gtoreq.10. Preferred power sources provide an electrical potential of at least 6 volts, and a current of at least 40 amps. More preferable power sources provide sustainable currents of at least 100 amps, and even more preferable power sources provide sustainable currents of at least 250 amps. Preferred cables are relatively long, measuring up to 4 feet or more, total extended...
Abstract
In the disclosed portable computer, a keyboard with keys for entering at least a full alphabet and ten digits is coupled to a computer system that includes a central processing unit which is in turn coupled to a display arrangement with a liquid crystal display. The entire computer is mounted in a case composed of a base and a cover hinged to the base. The base houses the computer system and the keyboard, and exposes the keyboard for operation by a user when the cover is open, while the cover houses the display arrangement and exposes the liquid crystal display on its inner surface. The cover is hinged at the edge of the base and, when closed, covers substantially the entire upper surface of the base.

Recent papers and presentations

Jim has written a number of papers and presentations on various alternative energy topics such as Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, Energy Storage, Solar Energy, and Hybrid Electric vehicles; and has spoken at over 50 international conferences and events. He has also Chaired or Moderated numerous professional conferences including the Second Annual New England Technology Conference, and the SAE Hybrid Electric Vehicle 'TopTech' conference in NYC, as well as working with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association as a volunteer for 10 years on the annual Tour deSol, and as a speaker for the annual NESEA Building Energy conference. Mr. Dunn has also conducted several Energy Storage Workshops for NESEA, and received a variety of patents, including the “Laptop” computer and several fuel cell and energy storage devices. He also recently presented 2 papers at the Conference on Future Energy in Washington, DC.

  • ‘Making the Transition to Alternate Energy’ – Regional Energy Conf. Albany, NY – Nov 2007
  • ‘Hydrogen Commercialization Challenges’ – Conf. on Future Energy, Sept. ’06 Wash, DC
  • Solar Energy – “Silicon Secrets” – Conference on Future Energy, Sept. ’06 - Wash, DC
  • ‘Advanced Vehicle Technology – Future Cars of 2015’ – WPI and SAE regional meetings
  • “Energy Storage Challenges” – NESEA’s Building Energy Conference – Mar 2007 - Boston
  • ‘Renewable Energy & Alternative Power, Technology Demonstration Center’ – Concept paper
  • ‘Renewable Energy Education and Outreach project’ – A white papers for House Science Committee in Wash. DC, and the Mass. Renewable Energy Trust" (Biographical Document; Sept. 25, 2008))


  • Future Vehicle Technology - Presentation being given for SAE/ASME/IEEE conferences, Feb, March 2007

Comments

This New Car

Weekly Sunday evening 1-hour radio broadcast

Image:Jim Dunn secont from right thisnewcar experts.jpg
(L to R): Craig Van Batenburg, Steve D'Agostino, Jim Dunn, Gilles Labelle

Conferences

  • Conference on Future Energy -- 2006 - Two presentations. The first was an overview of all aspects of hydrogen, its advantages and disadvantages. The second was about a new solar technology that provides a silicon substitute at greater efficiencies and lower costs than silicon. (PESN; September 25, 2006)
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Full Biography

As of Sept. 2008

Mr. Dunn is the President of Energy Technology Consultants, and past Director of the NASA NE Regional Technology Transfer Center. Mr. Dunn also served as the CEO and CTO of the Center for Technology Commercialization in Westborough, MA. Mr. Dunn has over 30 years experience in a variety of high technology ventures with companies from startups to Fortune 100 companies like IBM and Exxon. His technology specialty fields are Alternative and Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Advanced Batteries and Energy Storage, and Hybrid vehicles.

Mr. Dunn began his career as a Systems Engineer with IBM Corporation, where he worked for 11 years in the Data Processing, Office Products, and the Federal Systems Divisions. While located in Washington, DC, he spent 6 years working as a special consultant to the National Security Agency in Maryland. Mr. Dunn also worked for 3 years at Exxon Enterprises in NYC as a Manager of Technology Ventures. At Exxon, Mr. Dunn was responsible for identifying and analyzing investment opportunities and overseeing high-tech ventures in Ink Jet printing, Flat Panel Display development, and related office automation technologies.

In 1981, Mr. Dunn founded MicroOffice Systems Technology and developed the Laptop Computer, receiving 2 early patents. After selling MicroOffice in 1985, Mr. Dunn was the President of Venture Catalyst Group, a Westport, CT. based consulting firm specializing in technology assessment, new venture development, due diligence reviews, turnaround management, and corporate partnering.

In 1991 Mr. Dunn organized and chaired a large northeast regional Technology Transfer Conference and founded the Center for Technology Commercialization CTC, Inc., after winning a $5M contract from NASA. CTC continued to maintain the contract for operating NASA's NE Regional Technology Transfer Center (RTTC) for over 15 years, completing this technology assessment and commercialization program activity in 2006.

Mr. Dunn has a B.S.E.E. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and is the Co-founder of the WPI Venture Forum, which provides programs, advice and networking to entrepreneurs & investors. Mr. Dunn also received training in Systems Engineering, Cryptography, Software Engineering, and Communications while serving in the U.S. Naval Security Group, stationed at NSA, during the Vietnam conflict. He received an honorable discharge from the US Navy.

Jim has written a number of papers and presentations on various alternative energy topics such as Fuel Cells, Hydrogen, Energy Storage, Solar Energy, and Hybrid Electric vehicles; and has spoken at over 50 international conferences and events. He has also Chaired or Moderated numerous professional conferences including the Second Annual New England Technology Conference, and the SAE Hybrid Electric Vehicle 'TopTech' conference in NYC, as well as working with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association as a volunteer for 10 years on the annual Tour deSol, and as a speaker for the annual NESEA Building Energy conference. Mr. Dunn has also conducted several Energy Storage Workshops for NESEA, and received a variety of patents, including the “Laptop” computer and several fuel cell and energy storage devices. He also recently presented 2 papers at the Conference on Future Energy in Washington, DC.

Mr. Dunn has recently received US patent #6,568,633 entitled "Fuel Cell powered Electric Aircraft", and is leading the development of the World's First manned Fuel Cell powered Electric Airplane, the ‘E-plane’. This unique project, being developed by over 30 students and volunteers, has received international acclaim with major news programming, broadcast interviews and print publications including Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Smithsonian Air & Space, Flying, The Economist, AOPA, Sport Aviation, Kitplanes, Business Week, The Boston Globe, BBC, MSNBC, and many others. This project also received an Aviation Week "Technology Innovation of the Year" Award, and was recently presented at the Electric Aircraft symposium in California. Jim was also recognized by Fuel Cell Management magazine as one of the world's "Top 30 Contributors" to the emerging Fuel Cell field.

Mr. Dunn has a wealth of experience in the Alternative and Renewable Energy fields and has consulted on numerous projects in the solar electric, battery, hybrid vehicle, biofuels, energy storage, hydrogen and fuel cell fields. Mr. Dunn also works with a variety of renewable energy programs like the annual NESEA Tour deSol, and was the chairman of the Monte Carlo Rallye and the “100 mpg Challenge” for 2005 and 2006, including creating special new hybrid and alternative fuel categories. Mr. Dunn also works with various school education programs, like H2HELP.org, a special outreach program for educating the public and teachers about Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, and related energy and conservation programs.

Mr. Dunn was the Technical Advisor to the MIT 2007 Solar Decathlon Zero Energy Home entry in the International DOE competition, and is currently working with several MIT/Sloan student teams who are competing for the MIT $100K SIG Ignite business plan contest, which he won last year. Mr. Dunn has also been instrumental in raising $12.5M for a new startup, RSI Silicon, and has also helped 2 other high tech companies raise critical capital, and has recently helped launch a new company, Reflex Energy Solutions, which designs and installs large commercial Photovoltaic systems, in the Northeast.

Mr. Dunn currently serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition, and is a member of the WPI Fuel Cell Center Advisory Board, and the Safe Hydrogen Corp. Advisory Committee. Mr. Dunn is also one of the 3 key speakers on the “Energy Freedom Fighters” a weekly 1 hour talk show on WCRN 830 AM in Worcester, and “This New Car”, a weekly 1 hour talk show on WICN 90.5 FM, in Worcester, MA. Mr. Dunn has also served as the President of the International Technology Institute and has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, IEEE, the EAA, PRA, the Technology Transfer Society, and the Licensing Executives Society, LES.

In the News

  • Solar > PV >
    Solar school dedicated - We offer our congratulations to our associate, Jim Dunn, who's hard work has finally materialized in a 100 kW photovoltaic system at Bancroft School in Massechussets. Dunn serves as president of Future Solar Systems of Millbury, which designed, installed and secured investors for the project, will save the school about $8,000 to $10,000 annually in energy costs. (Telegraph; MA; USA; Oct. 9, 2010)

Other Jim Dunns

Not the same as the above James Dunn.

Contact

James Dunn
Millbury, MA
E-Mail: JPDunn1@charter.net

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