Coworkers, partners, employers - and clients
There is sometimes a long way from theory to implementation. An idea seems to be great, the theory seems to make sense, and then after many trials and many errors, it becomes obvious that the idea is not much worth.
"You do not negotiate with the second law of thermodynamics". Often an idea is presented, where the basic physical laws of the Universe have not been respected, and after much investment it finally becomes clear that the product/power plant does not work as advertised.
The consulting and training I am offering you is based on experience - below is a little presentation of some of my clients/partners/employers/coworkers, and a few words on what they are and what my role has been when working with them.
...just do not forget that even if experience is valuable and good, then the second law is still non-negotiable.
The aim of the UNU Geothermal Training Programme is to assist in establishing groups of specialists in selected institutions in developing countries with significant geothermal potential.
Priority is given to candidates from countries where geothermal exploration and development is already under way.
The program was established in 1979, and has had hundreds of fellows from various developing countries (59 countries are on the list 2015).
The fellows have to have a relevant university education as well as experience in the geothermal sector. The basic training program takes 6 months, and the best fellows are offered the possibility of extending their studies to MSc or PhD degrees in geothermal sciences or engineering in cooperation with the University of Iceland and Reykjavik University.
I have been a teacher at the UNU-GTP since 1987. I have been a member of the Studies Board since 2002, where I am responsible for the Geothermal Utilization part of the training program. I have also lectured on quite a few of the UNU-GTP "Short" courses (which are 1-3 weeks long). The courses have been held mostly in Africa and Central America.
Photo 1: The class of 2012 at the geothermal hot tub of Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241) during an excursion to geothermal fields and installations in Iceland. The tub is believed to be from around year 1200.Photo 2: Participants at UNU-GTP course for Organization of American States, LaGeo, El Salvador
I am an "Adjunct Professor" at Reykjavik University, and am mostly working in the Iceland School of Energy (ISE).
Reykjavik Energy and Iceland GeoSurvey are partners with Reykjavik University in the school. Many of the students are from other countries, and admission is not restricted to developing countries as it is in the UNU-GTP.
My work at the ISE has mostly been as an examiner and co-advisor in MSc projects. I have as well been involved in the cooperation of RU with Tianjin University in China.
Photo: Geothermal wellheads at Wayang Windu, Indonesia.
Atlas Copco Gas and Process division manufactures radial inflow turbines in Cologne, Germany as well as in the Atlas Copco Mafi-Trench Company in Santa Maria, California. There turbines are well suited for use in Organic Rankine Cycle power plants.
I was Manager R&D for the Geothermal Competence Center, later renamed to ORC Power Solutions for four years. My role was in the power plant cycle design and thermodynamic modeling, especially with regard to the properties of the geothermal source. I was as well working on optimization and troubleshooting of operating plants, such as the plants in Pamukören 1-4 in Turkey.
Calculating the yearly energy produced by a power plant requires calculation of the plant production at any ambient weather condition that the plant will experience during a typical year. This demands the knowledge to model and calculate off-design performance of all plant components, including the turbine, condenser and cooling tower. I did develop such models for Atlas Copco, and did verify them against real operating data as well as commercial chemical engineering process modeling software.
Photo 1: Atlas Copco ORC plant in Pamukören Turkey. From the Atlas Copco ORC brochure: "Delivering Complete ORC Solutions".
Photo 2: Atlas Copco radial turbine rotors. From the Atlas Copco ORC brochure: "Driving Expander Technology".