Jonathan Starbuck – Curriculum Vitae
Hands on renewable energy engineer and technical author. Fifteen years of wind, solar PV, solar thermal, hydro, biofuels knowledge with a very broad range of transferable skills and experience from both in and out of the renewables sector.
- MSc Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) at Loughborough (modular distance learning course, currently deferred).
- BSc in Physics, University of Kent Canterbury, UK – August (2000).
- Advanced Principles of Photovoltaic Systems Installation (2010).
- City & Guilds 2382-10 IEE Wiring Regulations Full 17th Edition.
- City & Guilds 2391-10 Inspection, Testing & Certification Of Electrical Installations.
Self employed contractor Current
Independent contractor working on renewable energy projects. Currently working with; Anemos Renwables in Wales using GIS to do desk top studies to assess viability of wind farm sites along with the installation and maintenance of wind turbines up to 50kW; Farm Renewables doing grid assessments and preparing grid-connection requests for solar farms. Other recent projects include; retrofitting of a large biomass boiler and heating system; installation of KNX building control system; audit of commercial biomass plant installed at 100 locations throughout Wales for Forestry Commission.
Post Installation Solar PV Technician Sungevity, California 2010 – 2011
Technical support for installers and customers by telephone, email and in person. On site fault finding of inverters, monitoring and computer networks. General customer service. Remote performance analysis and fault finding, particularly on Kaco inverters using Locus monitoring, but also Fronious and SMA inverters and numerous other remote monitoring solutions. Very high level of technical ability and knowledge of PV systems and regulations in the USA. I was also involved in developing systems and the selection of new equipment and technology for this very rapidly expanding, multimillion-dollar-turnover, California solar start-up.
Rolling Sunlight Warped Tour Crew Leader Greenpeace USA, 2009
Providing solar PV generated power a touring rock festival while interacting and educating the public on the subject renewable energy and advocating for climate legislation. As crew leader I was responsible for monitoring, maintaining and repairing the system to ensure that power was always available as well as overseeing a small team doing public outreach and driving between events.
Solar PV testing and installation (freelance) Perpetual Energy (UK), 2008 – 2009
Building, testing and commissioning of bespoke monitoring systems for experimental 240kw multiple-technology PV systems on four of IKEA’s outlets at three sites in Europe and one in the USA; working for Perpetual Energy. Systems worked on include bespoke monitoring for the AC and DC sides as well as using SMA Sunnyboy inverter’s built in Sunny Webbox monitoring.
Respected specialist and technical author in the biofuels community having designed and built site-specific biodiesel reactors, taught on biofuels courses in the UK, and having published Run Your Diesel Vehicle On Biofuels (McGraw Hill, 2008), widely regarded as the definitive manual for DIY biodiesel production and vegetable oil engine conversion.
Marquee Rigger Roustabout Summer 2005 and 2006
Working as part of a team erecting large free-standing structures, tents and marquees, at corporate events and music festivals in Europe. Hard manual work, long hours, driving and working away from home for extended periods.
Web developer (freelance) Tincan LTD April 2005 – April 2006
Design and construction of websites for charities and non-profits using PHP and CSS.
Technical Event Co-ordinator Centre for Alternative Technology 2001 – 2005
Responsible for coordination of public courses, conferences and events at CAT.