Jim Hartung is President, GlobalEnergySolutions.org, an internet-based company he formed in 2012 to provide information about energy and related subjects. Before starting this company, Jim retired from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne after a 35-year career in energy and aerospace. His most recent position there was Director, Energy Systems, where he led development of several innovative energy technologies and business strategies. Jim’s energy experience includes solar energy (photovoltaics and power towers), gasification (coal and biomass), nuclear power (military and commercial), gas turbines, and enhanced oil recovery. His experience working with a variety of energy companies, electric utilities, independent power producers, power plant equipment suppliers, oilfield service companies, government organizations, and advanced technologies provides a unique perspective to address energy issues.
Jim formed GlobalEnergySolutions.org after working for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) for most of his career. PWR, which is one of the world's leading rocket engine companies, has designed and manufactured most of America's large liquid rocket engines, including the Space Shuttle Main Engines and the Saturn V Engines that took humans to the Moon. PWR also developed the electric power system for the International Space Station, which was the first high-power "electric utility" in space. In addition to rocket engines and space electric power systems, PWR also provides advanced energy systems, components, and technology for energy companies (primarily oil and gas companies), the electric power industry (power plant systems and components), and government organizations (such as the US Department of Energy and the Alberta Innovates). PWR is currently owned by United Technologies Corporation, but was previously owned by The Boeing Company.
Before starting his career in industry, Jim served in the Navy for four years, working for Admiral Rickover on the design, construction, and operational support of nuclear-powered ships and submarines. Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Engineering Management from UCLA (an MBA for engineering and technology managers). He has extensive experience as an engineer, technology manager, program manager, and executive.