Summit Speaker: Lon Bell


President & CEO, BSST

In 1967 Dr. Bell founded Technar, a manufacturer of automotive components, and directed its growth from start-up to $120 million in sales in 1991. Technar’s primary product, crash sensors for air bag systems, captured over 50% of the world market.

In 1991, Dr. Bell founded Amerigon Incorporated, directing the development and design of cooling and energy efficient, emission free, solid state systems. Over 4,000,000 of the systems have been installed in vehicles world wide, making the product the world’s largest application of thermoelectric technology. Currently he serves as the President of BSST LLC (a subsidiary of Amerigon Incorporated), which he formed in 1999 to develop advanced thermoelectric systems. BSST has developed and demonstrated the highest system efficiency achieved with thermoelectric technology to date.

He has authored more than 20 publications in the areas of thermodynamics of thermoelectric systems, automotive crash sensors, and other electronic and electromechanical devices. Five of his inventions have gone into mass production, and dominated their target markets.

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