Emerging Geothermal Technology Company Expands Advisory Board

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GeoTek has recruited additional geothermal industry leaders to guide Gravity Head Energy System Development.

GeoTek has made three Advisory Board additions as a proactive measure for sustained expansion on the heels of recent Gravity Head Energy System engineering and funding successes

We are honored to have such knowledgeable individuals guiding our team. GeoTek anticipates an expansion period in 2012-13 as we move from the pilot stage to production of our award-winning Gravity Head Energy System.

GeoTek Energy, LLC (GeoTek), a geothermal technology company focused on implementation of its Gravity Head Energy System (GHES), announces new additions to its board of advisors. GeoTek has made three additions as a proactive measure for sustained expansion on the heels of recent GHES engineering and funding successes, including a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Program(GTP) award in 2011 to advance GHES as an innovative geothermal technology.

"We are honored to have such knowledgeable individuals guiding our team,” said Dave Marshall, chief financial officer of GeoTek. “GeoTek anticipates an expansion period in 2012-13 as we move from the pilot stage to production of our award-winning Gravity Head Energy System, and we want to continue this growth over the next several years. Our new advisory board members bring a wealth of achievements and expertise that will help us meet that objective."

The new additions to the GeoTek Advisory Board are: Jill Robinson Haizlip, M.S, senior geochemist/principal for Geologica Inc.; Dr. Ronald DiPippo, chancellor professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMD); and Dr. Jefferson W. Tester, David Croll professor of sustainable energy systems in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. Haizlip, DiPippo and Tester join Lou Capuano, Jr. and Hezy Ram on the GeoTek Board of Advisors.

Jill Robinson Haizlip, M.S., is currently the senior geochemist/principal for Geologica Inc., an environmental and geothermal resource consulting firm. As a GeoTek Advisory board member, Haizlip brings expertise in geology and hydrogeochemistry of geothermal systems, environmental geochemistry, and hydrogeology. Prior to Geologica Inc., Haizlip was a consultant for Dames & Moore and a geologist and geochemist for Geothermal Resources International. She has frequently applied her expertise to the integration of resource characterization to the design and operations for geothermal power generation to maximize the capacity of a wide range of geothermal resources throughout the world.

Haizlip earned a Bachelor‘s degree in geology from Middlebury College and a Master’s degree in geology from Columbia University. She has over 30 years of professional experience in geothermal energy exploration, operation and development, including extensive project experience and has authored numerous publications on geothermal geochemistry in The Geysers and Imperial Valley in California and in Turkey.

Dr. Ronald DiPippo is a world authority and consultant on geothermal power plants with over 35 years experience in the field. DiPippo is chancellor professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and former associate dean of engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMD). He was a visiting research professor and lecturer at Brown University in Providence, R.I. and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2008 and 2009, he was a visiting lecturer at the School for Renewable Energy Science at the University of Akureyri, Iceland.

DiPippo is the author of four major books including, Geothermal Power Plants: Principles, Applications, Case Studies and Environmental Impact, now in its second edition. DiPippo conducted research in the area of thermodynamic and transport properties of gases at high temperatures and pressures. As part of this effort he was a U.S. delegate to the Seventh International Conference on the Properties of Steam, held in Tokyo in 1968. His work has taken him to Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kenya and Mexico in addition to the following geothermally active U.S. states: California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Dr. Jefferson W. Tester is the David Croll professor of sustainable energy systems in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. He also is the director of the Energy Initiative in the College of Engineering at Cornell University and associate director of the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future (CCSF), with special responsibility for the energy focus of CCSF. Until 2008, Tester was the H.P. Meissner professor of chemical engineering at MIT (1980-2008), director of MIT's Energy Laboratory (1989-2001), director of MIT's School of Chemical Engineering Practice (1980-1989) and a group leader in the Geothermal Engineering Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1974-1980).

Tester has authored or co-authored eight books and published numerous papers on topics ranging from renewable fuels, to the assessment of local, regional and global environmental effects caused by energy supply and use. Tester holds memberships on other advisory boards and has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Research Council in areas related to concentrating solar power, geothermal energy and other renewable technologies. Tester received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science with distinction in chemical engineering from Cornell University. He also earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT.

About the GeoTek GHES

GeoTek, based in Midland, Texas, was formed in 2004 to advance geothermal power technology. GeoTek has spent several years and significant private resources to re-design the GHES, originally developed in the 1970s. GeoTek has used advanced computer modeling to engineer a more compact and efficient system and is working with a DOE award to complete and validate the design and renewable energy economic potential of the GHES and has scheduled a pilot-well installation for later this year.

GeoTek’s patent-pending GHES achieves increased net energy generation through higher cycle efficiency. GHES offers advantages beyond the additional clean power through reduced land use and accelerated production of electricity. This compact, well-based power system eliminates the large central power plants and associated hot-water piping currently used. GeoTek’s GHES produces electric power at each well-site which enables a distributed generation system for use in remote locations and developing countries.

Simply stated, the GeoTek GHES uses the natural force of gravity to produce and deliver more affordable electricity from the same earth-friendly resource, nature’s hot sub-surface water. GHES will provide an additional $200 million of clean electricity over the 30-year life of a typical geothermal binary power plant. This additional clean power could eliminate 1.9 million tons of CO2 emissions.

About GeoTek Energy, LLC
GeoTek Energy, LLC is an alternative energy/geothermal technology leader. Geothermal power is an affordable renewable resource that has no emissions—neither hydrocarbon nor carbon dioxide. GeoTek is developing its Gravity Head Energy System technology which produces significantly greater power compared to the present state-of-the-art binary cycle power plant technology. GeoTek has strong leadership and technology partners. For more information, go to: http://www.GeoTekEnergy.com.


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