How my experience in infrastructure master planning and wind energy research inspired my book
The following relates to my personal journey of gaining experience in infrastructure master planning and wind energy research, have made me want to write the book:
At the start of my career in construction whilst working on the redevelopment of the Gravesend Canal Basin as part of the Thames Gateway project in the UK in 2005, it was discovered that one of the locks was rediscovered under a disused car park. This gave me the idea that many disused brown field sites could be used as specific new canal basin or extension to an existing canal basin purposefully built to help both flood defence through channelling the rising sea level into the canal basin and in the process creating hydroelectric power from the tide flowing in from the Thames estuary and into the canal basin.
Whilst working on a tidal wave power project using water from the Thames estuary to power the athlete’s village for the London Olympics 2012, it occurred to me that hydropower would create much greater energy generation whilst also solving the problem of flood protection by creating a large enough basin for rising seawater level to be channelled into a large enough basin, which is strategically located along the Thames Estuary.
My Masters of Science research carried out interviewing expert wind scientists and engineers within Europe proved that the feasibility of roof-mounted turbines created more efficient performance resulting in a more constant, reliable, and greater wind yield than that of a similar-sized large free-standing turbine. This was due to the Coanda effect avoiding less turbulence and wind shear.
My diverse hands-on experience as a practicing Commercial Manager on large multi-disciplined commercial-scale utility projects, managing the planning, engineering, and development for; Water, Wind, Solar PV, Nuclear and Sustainable Design within the UK, has strengthened my knowledge and creative vision as a leader to influence others.