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His work with rainfall-streamflow modeling, and his personal observation of the geothermal complex at Rotorua, while building a robot for the Forest Research Institute,(FRI), led to his realization that geothermal spring complexes world wide had commercial potential. Further research made him familiar with the extensive work in this field accomplished at the National Renewable Energy Labotratory,(NREL)..
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Dr. George W. Oprisko - Executive Director
Given the current regulatory climate, and the magnitude of Anthroprogenic Climate Change, He feels the Institute must use it's Expertise in Quantitative Analysis,Operations Research, and Simulations to demonstrate the feasibility and desirability of conversion to 100% renewable power.
He advocates distributed, off the shelf, renewable power production technologies suitable for dwellings, commercial buildings, farms, and industry. He was instrumental in initiating the City of Shenzhen's effort to install solar powered streetlights, and is pleased to note that today, China is among the largest producers of renewable powered streetlights, solar panels, and wind turbines.
He sought the contractual relationship with GeothermEx which led to our emphasis on geochemistry as one of the key screening components of the Institute's prospect evaluation algorithm. He independently verified the applicability of this method, scoured the literature for all possibilities, and filtered them into the screening tool used today.
Under his leadership, the Institute developed low temperature power conversion technologies that are more efficient than prior art, and he is actively seeking partners to further improve these technologies . These technologies enable the low temperature exploitation of geoThermal, salt gradient pond, and ocean thermal energy sources. Together with Cryostar, the Institute created off the shelf power plants from 300 Kwe to 25 Mwe, operating from heat sources between 70oC and 150oC, and further work continues on plants capable of operating on sources as low as 30oC..
Consequently, he was able to secure support within Southern Africa, including host country approval for CDM registration of Salt Gradient Pond electricity generating plants of modular design, up to 100 Mwe in size. These were so attractive, economically, and technically, that he successfully negotiated the sale of Africa GeoPower, Ltd. to a consortium of investors in London, and Johannesburg..
He directed the Institute to design three 4th generation wind turbines for mid-western US conditions. These units are optimized for Class 3 sites, are rated at 7 m/sec, and produce power at $0.04 /kwh at that wind velocity. These units are featured on our wind pages, and are manufactured under contract, exclusively for us..
He formed relationships with Ossbeger, and Siemens, which enable the Institute to offer turnkey solutions to electrify the 6000 existing dams within the continental US, which are capable of generating more than 2 Mwe.
His goal is to make the Institute the vendor of choice for communities desiring a shift to renewable power..
In pursuit of this, the Institute has acted as advisor to the government of St. Helena Island, and to the University of the Virgin Islands, in their pursuit of reliable wind power.
To summarize his 30 years of leadership have led the Institute from startup to well respected international organization. Along the way, we pioneered refinery automation, steelmaking automation, auto assembly automation, warehousing automation, networks, telephony switching systems, cellular paging and handoff, fingerprint scanning, robotics, solar concentrating power systems, wind power systems, hydro power systems, and geopower systems.
He lectures widely on Peak Oil issues, and is a faculty member at the University of the Virgin Islands..
During his tenure at the Institute, he supervised and implemented systems development projects at Fortune 500 and smaller companies. These ranged up to 100 man- year efforts involving more than 90 personnel, and endowed the Institute with sufficient funds to conduct and complete the 15 year expedition to study the world's coral reef systems.
This expedition internationalized the Institute, via creation of chapters in New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Windhoek.
His talents are recognized internationally, where he has contributed as Dean of International Programs at Shenzhen University, Editor of the Shenzhen Journal of Science and Technology, Professor of Engineering at Shenzhen University, consultant to TCL Corporation, IPO consultant to securities firms in Shanghai, robotics program manager at Forest Research Institute in Rotorua, NZ, and Executive Director of Africa GeoPower in Namibia and South Africa..