James “Mitch” Ewan is truly a leader in the hydrogen and fuel cell field. Mr. Ewan is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada. After a successful naval career that included command of diesel-electric submarines and a destroyer, Mr. Ewan entered private industry where he served in a variety of senior executive positions including senior management (Board Member, VP & GM) of publicly traded companies.
His hydrogen and fuel cell career spans over 30 years. He led the team that designed and built the “Green Car”, the world’s first PEM fuel cell powered automobile. Mr. Ewan is the former Co-Chair of the United States National Hydrogen Association and served on the Business Advisory Board of the Florida Solar Energy Center. For the past 19 years Mr. Ewan has been on the staff of the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (“HNEI”) as the Hydrogen Systems Program Manager where he is helping to develop HNEI’s hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell programs including two hydrogen production and fueling stations, and three fuel cell electric buses.
He is the host of the ThinkTech Hawaii weekly energy show entitled “Hawaii: The State of Clean Energy.” Mitch also serves on the advisory boards of several renewable energy and hydrogen related companies. He has been awarded two hydrogen-related patents.