When did you join Natural Power?
I joined Natural Power in January 2022.
What does your day typically consist of?
My day typically consists of talking with clients about new business, producing proposals and answering questions they might have about technical or commercial scope. Part of my role involves working with the Analytics Team making sure that the work is carried out to the requisite quality standard and delivered on time.
I work closely with the North America (NA) Analytics team, making sure the execution and delivery of the work is handled flawlessly, and our Commercial Team, working to develop our client relations.
The other main area of my activity is in developing the business for the NA Analytics team by visiting with clients and attending conferences.
What is the most challenging part of your role?
Making sure that the scopes of work are clearly defined, executed to the necessary quality and most importantly, delivered on time. Every project brings its own set of challenges for delivery and meeting client expectations but a part of what I enjoy about the role is aiming to succeed with these.
What is the most interesting type of work you have done and why?
The most interesting parts of my work is finding innovative new ways to look at a problem to provide the client with what they need for a custom piece of work.
One simple example of this was a project last year for a client from Minnesota who wanted us to model a small, community scale hybrid plant consisting of one 2.5MW wind turbine and a 2MW solar array. What they needed from us was to compare the hourly output of this hybrid plant over the year with the load of the local utility they were planning to sell the power to. They needed to determine how much of the time the hybrid plant was producing too much power for the utility to absorb. We managed to find a way to do this, plus and also advise them as to what their options might be to deal with this situation including buying battery storage.
Provide a hidden talent or quirky fact about yourself!?
In my leisure time I read and write haiku poetry. In fact, it was through a haiku poetry group that I met my partner Ronit.
The old pond;
A frog jumps in —
The sound of the water.
Matsuo Basho (translated by RH Blyth)