American Lithium chooses Swan for advisory board

American Lithium has appointed lithium battery expert, David Swan to the company’s advisory board. Swan has more than 30 years’ professional experience in clean and efficient energy conversion and storage systems, specializing in the design and application of lithium battery technology for automotive and aerospace applications.

“Swan is internationally recognized for his research, development and commercialization of advanced energy storage systems and has consulted to all major global automotive and supplier companies including BMW, Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Daimler, General Motors and Ballard Power Systems,” says American Lithium.

In 2006, the California Air Resources Board appointed Swan to its Zero Emission Vehicle Expert Review Panel where he liaised with all leading technology developers and every major automobile manufacturer.

Between 1995-2000, Swan was chief scientist at AeroVironment, a technology company working on electric transportation as well as unmanned aircraft systems for the US defence department.

He was responsible for energy storage activities including development and testing of battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles including all aspects of General Motors’ hybrid vehicle battery programme, and development of fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems for AeroVironment’s solar-powered aircraft.

His pedigree is impressive. Swan was appointed to the Technical Committee of the US government-industry R&D initiative, Partnership for A New Generation of Vehicles, a cooperative research programme between the government and USCAR (the US Council for Automotive Research).

He has also been appointed to the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Locomotive Propulsion Task Force and is a past member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Swan has seven patents in his field with others pending. He is the author of over 40 published papers on fluid mechanics, applied electrochemistry and electric vehicle technology, and has contributed to numerous textbooks.