John Murray McCombs is co-founder and President of SunSpuds Global, Inc., a technology development company for agri-fuels and food ingredients. In the early 1970s, Mr. McCombs completed a Master of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and became a licensed architect. His professional focus combined architecture with his previous Master of Urban Planning. Given the severe energy supply shortages of that era, Mr. McCombs’ interest became directed toward energy supply as a national security issue. His interest, education and experience led him to focus on the impact of energy use on the environment in the design of buildings, planning of cities and the international energy supply infrastructure. He chose then to dedicate his work in energy as it relates to national energy policy, energy technology invention, and development and commercialization of light energy resources as presented in this website.
He has since directed his resources and career work experience to study scientific knowledge of the light spectrum and its function as an energy source. He applied whole system principles to establish an understanding of policy about exploitation of energy sources in a global context. The result is his distinction between light and Earth energy: “light” energy is a scientific/technical term identifying the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that is cause for sustaining the biosphere engine of the planet. Sustained flows and forms of light energy resources within the biosphere are oxygen, wind, rivers, oceans, plants, trees and radiation.
During the 1980s, Mr. McCombs was invited to assist with national and international energy policy research and formation for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, the U.S. Department of Energy, The World Bank, and The World Resources Institute. At the University of Maryland, he piloted new courses on environment and energy for architecture Master students. Over a period of twenty-five years, Mr. McCombs returned to his architecture and planning with multi-year assignments on large scale complex projects, notably as top management consultant with Planning Research Corp. for the planning and construction of the new city of Jubail, Saudi Arabia, and as architectural manager for the design and construction of The Baltimore Sun Park printing and telecommunications complex.
The 2000s were primarily devoted to the long-term development of farming and processing technology systems for commercialization of a new agricultural energy crop for ethanol and inulin sugar, called SunSpuds™. His work continues on projects, programs and inventions directed toward providing sustainable bio-diverse sources of energy and eliminating energy scarcity as a cause for conflict and war.