This panel presentation reviews the current status of reasons and technologies for hydrogen production in our quest for economical, reliable, environmentally sound energy. It also provides an introduction to proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, how they function, and a discussion of the technological challenges overcome in recent years and those that still exist in developing and commercializing fuel cells. Panelists are from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and include professors Yi H. (Ed) Ma and Ravindra Datta, James P. Dunn, President of Tech Commercialization, and William Durgin, Vice President of Research. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brother’s flight, we look toward the future of aviation technology - fuel cell powered electric aircraft. At just 346 pounds, the all carbon DynAero Lafayette III soon will take a critical step toward becoming the first piloted plane to be powered by fuel cells.
BIO: James P. Dunn
James P. Dunn is the executive director of the Foundation for Advancing Science and Technology (FASTec) which is sponsoring the development of the Electric Aircraft. He is also the president of Advanced Technology Products, Inc., of Westborough, Massachusetts which is building the fuel-cell powered aircraft. Dunn also serves as the Chief Technical Officer for the Center for Technology Commercialization at NASA’s New England Regional Technology Transfer Center. He is a widely known electrical engineer who is credited with inventing the laptop computer. He has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of high technology ventures with companies from startups to Fortune 100 companies like IBM and Exxon.