Meet The Team
Today, it takes the best talent and leading partners to make geothermal energy a realistic, viable alternative source of environmentally friendly power.
The professionals and partners behind Geothermal Engineering Ltd form one of the leading teams of geothermal experts in the world.
David Poe, Non Executive Chairman
David has an MBA from North Western University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Certificate in Leadership in Professional Service Firms from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business. David was a CPA with Deloitte Touche and has 30 years strategic consulting experience to large national and global corporations in North America and Europe as a Director of Edgar, Dunn & Company (10 years as Managing Director). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a NASDAQ listed technology company and is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of a private bank headquartered in San Francisco.
Ryan Law, Managing Director
The Founder and Managing Director of Geothermal Engineering, Ryan has 10 years of geothermal energy experience.
He has a degree in Geology from Oxford University and a Masters in Hydrogeology. His PhD thesis was on the transport and modelling of heat in fractured rocks.
He has worked primarily with Ove Arup and Partners Ltd, global consulting engineers, on geothermal energy systems ranging from individual systems to city-scale district heating networks and due diligence of geothermal electricity generation plants. This has included designing, testing and managing the installation of one of the first large-scale aquifer-based geothermal systems in the UK at the prestigious 1 Hyde Park development in London.
David Bridgland, Finance Director
David Bridgland studied Engineering at Cambridge and is a chartered accountant. David has over 18 years of business experience from privately owned and venture capital backed companies through to blue chip PLCs.
Concentrating on early-stage businesses with innovative technologies, he has helped raise funding, grown businesses organically and through acquisition,and achieved successful trade sale exits for investors.
Peter Ledingham, Director
Peter has 30 years experience in geothermal engineering, well testing, deep geological investigations and project management. Pete was the Geothermal Technical Co-ordinator for the EC and remains on the panel of experts appointed to scrutinise and evaluate proposals for EC funding. Peter worked on the Hot Dry Rock project in the UK and is a founder member of GeoScience where he currently also serves as Operations Director and Geothermal Manager.
Dr. Tony Batchelor, Chief Technical Advisor
Tony ran the original Hot Dry Rock geothermal energy research project in the UK that was in operation between 1976 and 1991. He has more than 30 years' experience in the industry and is recognised as a world expert on geothermal energy.
He has worked on geothermal energy projects around the world, including Japan, Turkey, Indonesia and the USA. Tony was a founder member of the International Geothermal Association and has served on the IGA Board.
He lectures on Geothermal Energy at the Universities of Cambridge and Exeter and is the author or contributor to more than 60 scientific papers and books on rock mechanics and geothermal energy.
In 2005 he was a member of the team for the MIT Study, 'The Future of Geothermal Energy' and in 2007 gave the 'Geothermal Energy, Present and Future' address to the 200th Anniversary Meeting of The Geological Society of London.
Our planet is a huge source of energy. In fact 99.9% of the planet is at a temperature greater than 100 degrees Centigrade. Geothermal engineering intends to tap into this heat and, in so doing, aims to produce significant quantities of renewable electricity and heat. Contrary to current methods of generating power (oil, coal, nuclear), electricity from geothermal sources has low or no carbon emissions, no waste products, a minimal physical foot print on the earth and is renewable! At a time when fossil fuel reserves are rapidly being exhausted and concerns increase about global warming, Geothermal Engineering aims to act today to safeguard the planet for tomorrow by producing clean Heat and Power from the Earth.
Geothermal energy and the environment
Geothermal energy is good for the environment because it is a renewable source with a minimal footprint and produces low or zero emissions. Once a geothermal energy power plant has started, there is no need for fuel transportation to the site or waste removal from the site and there are no unsightly turbines, windmills or mirrors. In additional, geothermal power plants produce significant quantities of renewable heat. The use of renewable heat will be central to the UK government's policy on reducing CO2 emissions.
Geothermal energy (from the Greek roots geo, meaning earth, and thermos, meaning heat) is power extracted from heat that is stored in the earth. Literally, it is heat and power from the earth, as opposed to energy that comes from the sun, wind, water, or the burning of carbon based fuels.
In some places the natural groundwater, heated by this energy, finds its way to surface and emerges in hot springs or steam geysers, which have been used by humans for bathing and agriculture since pre-history. Geothermal energy has been used to provide heat for as long as people have been around to take advantage of it. It has always been, and will continue to be, a significant, clean, renewable energy resource. Many communities were established around geothermal sources (such as Bath in England).
6 March 2017
GEL launch drilling tender for the Jubilee Pool project, Penzance
GEL has issued the geothermal well drilling tender for the Jubilee Pool project near Penzance. The Jubilee Pool project is an exciting opportunity to showcase geothermal energy in Cornwall and the UK as a whole by providing hot water to an iconic art deco swimming pool.
1 February 2017
GEL appoints Wardell Armstrong LLP as planning consultant for the Jubilee Pool project, Penzance
GEL is pleased to announce that it has appointed Wardell Armstrong LLP to assist with the Planning Application for the Jubilee Pool geothermal well in Penzance.
2 January 2017
GEL confirms deep geothermal heat project at Jubilee Pool, Penzance
GEL is pleased to announce that it will be developing a deep geothermal heat project at the iconic Jubilee Pool lido in Penzance, Cornwall.
26 October 2016
UK Geothermal Symposium highlights geothermal progress
The 5th London Geothermal Symposium was held on Tuesday 25 October at the Geological Society in London with over 120 attendees from across industry, finance, government and academia.
13 July 2015
GEL announce first deep geothermal single well heat site near Crewe, UK
Geothermal Engineering Ltd is pleased to announce that it intends to develop a deep geothermal single well heat system at the Crewe Campus of Manchester Metropolitan University.
19 June 2015
GEL wins Award for Innovation at the annual REA awards ceremony
Geothermal Engineering Ltd won a Highly Commended Award for Innovation at the annual Renewable Energy Association awards ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel, London.