A move from wind energy consultancy into a role with a developer.
John J Sturman
Date of Birth: 24 May 1970
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Chartered Marine Scientist
Key Skills and Experience:
John Sturman is a Chartered Marine Scientist and renewable energy expert who has worked for over 15 years in renewable energy and environmental science, in both academic and commercial sectors. He has undertaken high profile renewable energy consultancy work for national and regional governments including Hong Kong SAR and the Scottish Parliament as well as leading companies in the renewable energy industrial sector.
In an academic role he has lectured on sustainability and renewable energy policy and planning from local to global scales. He has also given presentations to leading politicians and business leaders on renewable energy issues and market opportunities.
Throughout his career he has undertaken work on resource estimation, environmental impact assessment, technical feasibility, climate change impacts and sustainability, planning applications and advice, due diligence, renewable energy policy and strategy for a broad range of clients.
He is an expert on wind resource assessment and is the creator of WindScan - the best available offshore wind resource assessment tool, utilising multiple satellite sensors.
In his current position he is developing offshore consultancy business and strategic alliances for renewable energy developments in the wind, wave and tidal stream sectors, whilst continuing to project manage onshore and offshore renewable energy developments and advise on and contribute to individual consultancy projects.
MSc. (by research) Renewable Energy and the Environment, University of Aberdeen, UK (2007)
PGCE Geography, University of Sunderland, UK (2001)
MSc. Marine Resource Management, Heriot-Watt University, UK (1993)
BSc. (Hons.) Marine Geography, Cardiff University, UK (1992)
â€˜Analysis and utilisation of remotely sensed data for the offshore wind energy industryâ€™
â€˜Renewable energy for island communities: energy planning and supply optionsâ€™
â€˜Climatological drivers for sedimentation patterns in the Humber Estuary and the implications for commercial activitiesâ€™
Current Parsons Brinckerhoff
Development Director â€“ Resource and Energy Ventures
In his current position John is driving new business in renewable developments whilst also undertaking management of renewable energy projects and providing specialist technical input.
John has created a strategic alliance with a major European utility to co-develop onshore wind farms in the UK. He established himself on the Board of the Friends of the SuperGrid. He has won significant consultancy work for major wind farm developments in Europe, North Africa, Middle East and North America. He contributes to strategic renewables business development for the company and has recently been appointed PBâ€™s Offshore Coordinator, leading a cross departmental team looking at strategic opportunities for both PB and Balfour Beatty. He provides expertise on; Energy Yield Assessments of onshore and offshore wind farms, undertakes landowner negotiations for multiple wind farm developments, project manages wind farm developments and is the lead consultant on solar and offshore wind solutions for a offshore energy island infrastructure development.
2008-2009 Atmos Consulting
Associate Director â€“ Offshore Renewables
Offshore consultancy business development and project management with technical input including: resource assessment, site selection, feasibility studies, environmental impact assessment, sustainable energy policy, strategy development, offshore products R&D., coastal environmental consultancy.
â€¢ Business development;
â€¢ Project delivery; and
â€¢ Business management.
Developing the companyâ€™s involvement in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy development.
â€¢ Development of company strategy and marketing
â€¢ Continual client maintenance of several key clients
â€¢ Building a comprehensive suite of collaborative arrangements with strategically beneficial partner organizations, including academia, niche partner consultancies and potential subcontractors
â€¢ Developing offshore wind environmental and consenting commissions.
â€¢ Project developer strategies, screenings and portfolio-related consultancy;
â€¢ Round 3 project-specific work: Coordination role of several moderate sized projects and project management of large EIAs;
â€¢ Government and NGO commissioned research and strategic assessments.
Development of consultancy services with respect to the wave and tidal energy sector. Strategic work in the Senior Management Team and Marine Strategy Group.
Main presenter at the Energy & Environment Conference 2009.
2007-2008 Wardell Armstrong International Ltd. UK
Associate Director â€“ Renewables
Renewable energy business development, project management and consultancy, with technical input including: resource assessment, site selection, feasibility studies, project design and implementation, environmental impact assessment, sustainable energy policy, strategy development, offshore products R & D. Head of Offshore Renewables. Key Project: Environmental and Technical Due Diligence of a tidal turbine array and grid connection for a major utility, involving sub sea cable routing options and associated environmental impacts.
2006-2007 Environmental Research Institute, UK
Business Development Manager and Renewable Energy Consultant
Renewable energy business development, portfolio management and consultancy. Consultant on renewable energy and environmental projects and research for industrial, domestic and academic applications. Portfolio included Airtricity, n-power renewables, Scottish Power, national and European renewable energy research projects. Research expert in offshore wind energy. Renewable energy presenter at industry, academic and government conferences.
2005-2006 British Antarctic Survey and Cambridge University, UK
Project Manager and Research Scientist
Renewable energy in Antarctica: collaborative research project with NASA into wind turbine utilisation in Antarctica, including resource assessment, EIA, turbine technical requirements, demand matching analysis. Geographical and biological research into the effects of ozone depletion and climate change on ecosystems in the littoral zone of the Antarctic Peninsula. Biological research laboratory manager. Design and programming of automated research weather station for Antarctic deployment.
Consultant for Hong Kong Sustainable Development Committee and China Light and Power on renewable energy applications and strategies for Hong Kong SAR.
Advisor to Saudi Government on implementation measures and implications of PERSGA treaty and Red Sea management strategies.
International Centre for Island Technology, U.K.
Co-author of book on UK Marine Law; Environmental Protection and Coastal Development chapters for:
'An Overview of the United Kingdom Maritime Legal Regime'.
Environmental Research Technology Ltd., U.K.
Researcher. Seabed flora and fauna Environmental Impact Assessment. Project manager for Scallop shellfishery assessment survey.
A.R.C. Marine Ltd., U.K.
Hydrographic Surveyor. Assessing the extent, commercial viability and environmental impact of offshore sand deposit extraction by the building aggregates industry.
Raleigh International Patagonia Expedition, Chile.
Expedition Team Leader. Directed guanaco population and glaciological studies.
Computer Literacy: - Proficient use of Matlab.
- Conversant with word processing, spreadsheets, MS Project and GIS.
H.S.E.pt.IV licensed commercial diver (scientific). Deployment and maintenance of automated weather stations. Deployment, operation and results analysis of hydrographic survey equipment. Scientific laboratory management, including C.O.S.H.H. VHF marine radio licence. Integrated Business Technology (ICT) Level 3 certified.
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