Dr. James Lyons became a founder of Novus Energy Partners in 2008 after a 30 year technology career at GE. Jim serves as the Chief Technology Officer at Novus - a new venture capital firm focused on the creation and growth of clean/renewable energy companies.
Jim was Chief Engineer for Electrical and Electronic Systems at GE Research serving as technology leader and mentor for a 250-member global team. He was a leading advocate for renewable energy within GE and corporate champion behind, then principal technologist for its wind energy business – GE’s most successful startup ever with $6+B 2008 revenue. He was also the technology leader behind the creation of GE’s Digital Energy business unit in 2000.
Jim has most recently led new business/technology initiatives on waste gasification, plug-in hybrid vehicles, lithium technology batteries, and thin-film Si-PV. Jim has served on the board of directors of Powerex, the Electric Drive Trade Association, Nordic Windpower, and US Offshore Wind Collaborative. He was co-chair of the 2006 American Wind Energy Conference and an initiator of the AWEA/DOE roadmap to generate 20% of US electricity from wind. Jim has a BSEE degree from RPI, an MSEE from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.