Paul Staples: President and Chairman
Mr. Staples is a founder of HyGen Industries, Inc and responsible for successfully obtaining a $5.3m grant from the CEC-to build three hydrogen fueling stations. Since 1990 to the present, Mr. Staples has been the principal of Staples & Associates, an environmental/marketing consulting firm with an emphasis on hydrogen energy technologies. In 1991, he restructured Clean Air Now (“CAN”), an inactive non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a pioneering history in the modern-day environmental movement. CAN was the vehicle used by Staples & Associates to fund and develop the CAN Solar Hydrogen Vehicle Project at Xerox, in El Segundo.
Mr. Staples also spearheaded an effort to re-organize the AB2766 funding process, legislation passed by the California State Assembly to provide funds through vehicle registration fees for public/private partnerships to fund pollution reduction projects. This effort resulted in AB2766 becoming a more effective program for funding projects to develop and deploy technologies with significant air pollution abatement impact.
In 1993, Mr. Staples co-wrote and submitted two proposals to AB2766 and the White House Technology Reinvestment Project (“TRP”) for funding the CAN Solar Hydrogen Vehicle Project at Xerox. The TRP was a federal public/private partnership-funding program developed by the White House for defense conversion. Both proposals were funded and the CAN Solar Hydrogen Vehicle Project at Xerox in El Segundo became the world’s first commercially permitted solar hydrogen generating facility and hydrogen converted ICE vehicle fleet.
In 2006, Mr. Staples developed the City of Santa Monica’s hydrogen vehicle and fueling infrastructure program and project for its Environmental and Public Works Department. The project led to a five-city, six-site funded program involving the cities of Santa Monica, Burbank, Riverside, Santa Anna, and Ontario, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District headquarters. Each location provided hydrogen fueling stations for thirty hydrogen-converted Toyota Prius Hybrids.
Glenn Rambach, M.S. Chief Technical Officer:
Glenn Rambach is a recognized leader in the advanced energy research sector since 1974. Motivated by the need for energy independence, security, and clean energy systems, his research has included diesel combustion systems, laser fusion, hydrogen production and storage, fuel cell system designs and integrated renewable energy systems using storage.
Mr. Rambach has developed optimization methods for design and operation of intermittent renewable energy systems where energy storage provides on-demand power, and his 5-kW wind-solar-hydrogen-fuel cell facility still operates at the University of Nevada, DRI in Reno. Mr. Rambach has worked as a research engineer at Stanford University and spent 20 years at the Livermore and Sandia National Labs.
Previously, Mr. Rambach served as Director of Engineering at Texaco Ovonic Fuel Cells, Director of New Technology at Tenneco Automotive. Most recently, Mr. Rambach completed R&D contracts supporting a nuclear company and a defense contractor in the areas of hydrogen economics, very large scale hydrogen production and transport, and synthetic hydrocarbon fuels.
Early in his career he led experimental research in the fundamentals of combustion at Stanford and the Sandia Combustion Research facility. Mr. Rambach has written numerous papers and given presentations on technical, policy and strategy issues for advanced energy devices, systems and marketing. He has two solid oxide fuel cell patents, is the inventor of a high-pressure cryogenic hydrogen fuel tank and is a co-developer of the first x-ray laser. Mr. Rambach received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly University and his MS in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University (Thesis on Fundamentals of Emulsified Diesel Fuels).
Additional Board Members:
Mr. Kolb has 24 years of military experience in avionic navigation and communications and flight simulator systems (from 1973 to 1985), and held an instructor flight engineer rating for 12 years (from 1987 to 1999) on C-130 type aircraft with the California Air National Guard. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Kolb worked as a field service representative for Aura Systems’ mobile power generation system. Since 2006, he has been an Automotive Service Specialist with the Auto Club of Southern California.
Mr. Kolb received his Associates of Art degree from Community College Air Force in 1990. He is also an Automotive Service Excellence Master Technician and a Federal Aviation Administration certified Turbo-prop Flight Engineer.
Dr. Woodrow Clark II:
Dr. Clark is a globally recognized and respected expert, author, lecturer, public speaker and consultant on the global and local solutions to climate change. His core advocacy is in the economics for smart green communities. During the 1990s he was Manager of Strategic Planning for Technology Transfer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (“LLNL”) for the University of California and the U.S. Department of Energy. While at LLNL he served as one of the contributing scientists and experts to the work of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”), which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
His current work generates responses to climate change from governments and businesses, using public policy, science and technology, and their economics and finance methods. In 2004 he founded, and now manages, Clark Strategic Partners (“CSP”), a global environmental and renewable energy consulting firm using his political-economic expertise to guide, advise and implement public and private projects advancing sustainable, smart communities as well as colleges and universities, shopping malls, office buildings and film studios. In 2014, building on his mass media background (1980s), he founded Clark Mass Media Company (“CM2C”), which specializes in documentary, education and dramatic social issues. Dr. Clark earned three master’s degrees from different universities in Illinois and his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley.
He has published 11 books and 70+ peer-reviewed articles, which reflect his concern for global sustainable communities to stop and reverse climate change. Dr. Clark has also served in academic, nonprofit organizations, and government. His most recent teaching positions were graduate courses in the United States and China. From 2012 to 2014, he was an Academic Specialist in Cross-Disciplinary Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and from 1999 to 2000 he was a Visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he was also a Fulbright Fellow in 1994. He served as a Director of the Fulbright Academy for Science and Technology and was Senior Advisor to California Governor Gray Davis from 2000 to 2003 for Renewable Energy, Emerging Technologies and Finance. Recently he was Chair of the Citizens Oversight Committee (“COC”) for six out of eight years of public school bond funds ($334 million) to remodel public schools in Beverly Hills, California. Since 2012 he has served on the board of Premier Holding Corp. (OTCBB: PRHL).