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Expert in Energy, Gas and Diesel Engine Generators, Combined Heat and Power Distribution

Expert ID: 724667 United Kingdom

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Run an informal group of experts, about 160 who are attempting to devise and alternative energy strategy for the UK, Europe and the world. This involves looking at all the potential concepts, wind power, tidal power, biomass, solar power etc scoping the potential contribution, costs; looking at aspects of integration, rate of introduction, and to what extent alternatives can replace fossil and other forms of energy, but with low green house gas footprints.

Various concepts are robustly debated in this forum, which includes power station and transmission system operators and a whole range of different expertise. Hence he has developed a good knowledge of the technologies, there likely costs and applications.

Familiar with various forms of moving grate waste combustor to generate power via steam turbine. Have visited various sites in Germany, Slovenia, Northern Ireland. Aware of typical costs and performances.

Familiar with use of diesel engines, gas engines/ spark ignited engines in a variety of cogeneration applications - known in Europe as Combined Heat and Power or CHP. Have installed several MW sized schemes running on bio-gas / sludge gas and have been involved in schemes using small automotive engines. Convinced British Gas to invest in the concept of the domestic stirling engine for micro-chip.

Have studied in detail in the past methods of distributing heat from combined heat and power systems and concluded that the way forward would be for small engine systems, about 500 kW located close to houses. Familiar with most types of combustion engine of the reciprocating type - costs, performances etc. Some familiarity with gas turbines by way of comparison. Familiar with compression ignition engines - major manufactures, costs, performances, applications etc. Very familiar with these. Have supervised the conversion of 30 standby diesels for use in peak lopping schemes in parallel with the grid. Understand costs and potential benefits.

Have conducted direct mail campaigns to persuade industry in the UK to invest in peak lopping diesels and gas fired CHP for Caterpillar - Finning. Familiar with costs, benefits and technology of district heating, losses, performances etc.

He is familiar with equipment to burn waste wood - typically moving grate. these can be used to burn almost any kind of wood in any condition with certain exceptions).

Also familiar with the wood pellet market which has much drier fuel and is pelletized to a consistent size and standard and can be burnt typically in smaller domestic or commercial buildings for heat only. Have worked as energy manager in a large waste water company for 9 years and very experienced in the operation of these plants including how to cut energy losses.

Expert has developed a system to benchmark the performance of waste water pumping systems for the UK water industry. This enables users to look at all pump performance in terms of kWh/Ml/m lift. He has also developed a method of detecting anomous pump running by automatic analysis of pump half hour power data. Whilst at Wessex Water as energy manager, he was responsible for the purchase of 270 GW h/ year worth about $30million dollars. By predicting price forward and purchasing 3 years at the bottom of the market he saved the company $8million dollars over 3 years. Expert has a keen interest in what makes up the electricity price.

Expert has worked for either the manufacture or the dealer of several major engine companies and is familiar with how they work and the markets they sell in to and the applications of their engines. Expert has worked for Caterpillar, Cummins, Waukesha, Lister. Expert has bought product from these manufacturers. Expert has worked for many high speed engine manufacturers and has had to compete with heavy duty engine suppliers and so has an understanding of the differences in costs and performances and the different fuel characteristics they can handle. Expert has worked for many engine manufacturers and is keenly aware of the need to drive efficiency and the means by which manufacturers are doing this.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1973 Degree: Bsc Hons Subject: Civil Engineering Institution: Institute of Energy

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1989 to 2007 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Eenrgy Manager Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Purchasing and saving of energy through all water departments. $30 annual energy budget
Years: 1997 to 1995 Employer: Cummins Engine Company Title: Undisclosed Department: Genergy Drive Responsibilities: Advising on diesel engine installation
Years: 1990 to 1995 Employer: Caterpillar engine (Finning - Cat) Title: Undisclosed Department: Power Generation Responsibilities: Developing gas engine chp market

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member Institute of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers
Chartered Member of the Institute of Energy
Chairmen of the Claverton Group of Energy Experts
Awards / Recognition
Cited in Marquis' Who's Who in the World
Cited in Marquis' Who's Who in the World of Energy
Publications and Patents Summary
Author of "The IRG solution"

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Causes of engine failure
Marketing Experience
Run a network of 150 energy experts.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German He has a very basic level
French He has a very basic level

Fields of Expertise

alternative energy, biomass energy system, calorific value, engine selection, electric power generation equipment, combined-cycle electric power generating system, electric energy generation, fossil fuel, gas turbine electric energy generation, alternative-fuel combustion, spark-ignition engine, energy-efficient cogeneration, cogeneration, four-stroke cycle engine, combined heat and power distribution, combustion engine, heat engine, internal combustion, compression-ignition engine, diesel-electric energy generation, direct mail, district heating, wood burning, wastewater treatment, wastewater pumping equipment, electricity price, engine manufacturer, heavy-duty engine, engine, marine engine, piston engine, energy-efficient engine generator, biodiesel technology development, biodiesel technology, electricity trading, business development, wastewater flocculation, energy consumption, cylinder head, dissolved air flotation, waste burning, biofuel, technical marketing, steam engine, fossil fuel electric energy generation, biomass, activated-sludge process, waste-treatment sludge, energy transmission, power transmission, municipal wastewater treatment, primary municipal wastewater treatment, secondary municipal wastewater treatment, energy-efficient district heating, drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment residuals incineration system, industrial wastewater treatment, biological municipal wastewater treatment, biological industrial wastewater treatment, combustion, municipal wastewater treatment facility, primary wastewater treatment, wind energy, solar thermal energy system, energy efficiency, incineration, solar energy, small engine, heat exchanger, enzyme wastewater treatment, environmental engineering, cooling, biomass fuel, automotive engine, activated sludge

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