At PG&E, I was a systems engineer for retrofit of existing units and design ofnew units. I initially focused on hydrogen sulfide abatement and as I beganwork on new units I did testing on heat transfer for surface condensers. I didthe conceptual design for units 16-21 and purchased all major equipment.
In 1978, at PG&E we had programs for swim pool filter time clocks, poolcovers and similar devices that are still being promoted today. I recentlysaw a SMUD commercial for a swim pool clock and wonder why thesesimple devices have not been legislated into existence. In fact many of theprograms we had in 1978 are still existing today. I don’t understand why.
At PG&E, I was an energy conservation planner responsible for developingenergy conservation programs, stochastic and econometric forecasts andevaluating program results. We used customer research and otherconsumer data. I was a member of the inter-utility solar energy task force.I responded to rate case interrogatories and performed legislative analysis.
I was the original project engineer on what was then called NCPA 2, thefirst geothermal unit built by Northern California Power Agency. Imanaged SAI Engineers of Santa Clara and was responsible forengineering, licensing, and the initial stages of construction before I movedon to Bechtel.
I did the original conceptual designs and environment permittingpreparatory work for PGV for Thermal Power (Diamond Shamrock). Theplant was later developed and built as a binary cycle plant by Ormat.
At Bechtel, I led many thermal cycle analysis studies and evaluated cyclesand technologies for investment purposes, partnering and acquisition.This included for example, the Kalina Cycle, the Cheng Cycle and themicroturbine technology owned by Capstone turbines
I personally evaluated several cogeneration concepts for farms in myearly days at Bechtel. I reviewed a anaerobic digester using Israelideveloped technology for American Thermophilic and reviewed a cattlemanure combustion facility for another organization. We also evaluatedwaste disposal and recycling technology for MIRFs. I worked on aproposal for a scheme to extract methane from garbage dumps. I alsoassisted our Power Division with a Peat combustion proposal.
I led many conceptual studies of various types for Integrated CoalGasification Combined Cycles and did some comparisons to pulverisedcoal fired technology and Pressurized fluidized bed technology. I wasproposed as a project engineer for a US Synfuels Corporation project forBaltimore Gas & Electric and EPRI. I led the proposal effort for the BGC/LURGI IGCC. I led a similar team for a Texaco IGCC for PotomacElectric.
In my early work for Bechtel , I studied use of Coal gasification with moltencarbonate fuel cells with United Technologies. I later led an effort whereBechtel obtained an ownership interest in MC-Power which we bought fromABB. We co-developed this technology for a period. We also had arelationship to co-develop phosphoric acid fuel cell technology with UTC fora period.
My team evaluated and completed conceptual design and cost work fornumerous types of biomass gasifiers. I attended a program review for this gasifierin Burlington Vt. I attended technology development meetings for Black LiquorGasification and my team evaluated wood gasification from India for jointventures by EnergyWorks.
I was involved in numerous studies of flue gas desulfurization technologiesand we were responsible for marketing Bechtel Technology for a Sea WaterScrubber, a dolomitic-based lime technology, and Confined ZoneDispersion, all protected by Bechtel patents. I managed the Bechteltechnology portfolio.
I did not design this power plant but my Special Projects group at Bechteldesigned and managed cutting edge Photovolatic demonstrations such asPVUSA in Davis and a NREL laboratory rooftop PV system.
This molten salt solar central receiver project was managed by Bill Gould, oneof the members of my Special Projects Group at Bechtel. I proposed toSouthern California Edison and negotiated the fixed price cost shared DOEDemonstration Project Contract.
My Energy Programs Group at Bechtel was responsible for conceptualdesign studies and other consulting activities in support of solar troughelectric generating technology. I negotiated a joint project developmentagreement for solar trough technology with Solel.
This technology began to appear in the mid 1990s and I participated in a fewproposal and evaluation efforts to discover if there would be a businessworth pursuing. Technology developers desired Bechtel investment. Ireviewed the status of the technology and evaluated concepts for water andelectricity metering and sub metering.
The CURC-EPRI Roadmap Cleaner, Affordable, More Efficient Energy from Coal I assisted or led the preparation of technology roadmaps for Bechtel Power, NREL, CURC, and EPRI. Our early CURC roadmap for advanced coal technology was later adopted by EPRI. This covered the range of Advanced Fossil and Renewable energy technologies and represented some of my most formal strategic planning accomplished outside Bechtel.
EnergyWorks was originally a joint venture of PacifiCorp and Bechtel. I led ateam to create the company and also a team which provided technicalsupport. My support team wrote the proposals and did initial specification ofthe first wind projects, built by EnergyWorks, in Costa Rica.
National Renewable Energy L aboratory Assoc. Director StanBull, AD Bobbi Garrett, Director Admiral Richard Truly, AD JonPietruszkiewicz, AD Jessie Harris, AD Jerry Bellows. Admiral Trulywas the former Director of NASA prior to his NREL assignment.
NREL Associate Director Jon Pietruszkiewicz and DOE SecretaryBill Richardson at a Colorado wind energy ceremony held inDenver. Jon represented Admiral Truly at this event. Localschool children are at the bottom of photo.
NREL initiated numerous new activities while I was at thelaboratory. Two areas of successful long-term leadershipare the Sustainable NREL activities which showcase NRELsustainability activities nationally and the Clean EnergyAlliance, a green business incubator alliance which hasgrown to include incubators representing the entirecountry. DOE measured the management teamperformance for fee purposes against our defined goals.Each rating period was preceded by a goal setting processand followed by a self-assessment that DOE evaluated.
Renewable energy design and market and resource analysis Building Energy efficiency and Sustainability services organization