Experts' profiles - Tom Hamlin
Tom Hamlin
Tom Hamlin moved to Nairobi, Kenya in 1998 and began consulting on energy efficiency and climate. In 1999 he joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the Climate Change Coordinator of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects.

He developed and led in the Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) wind energy resource mapping, which helped in assessing resources in 13 countries. The URL is: http://swera.unep.net.

In the African Rift Valley countries, Tom developed a joint geophysical imaging project transferring expertise from Duke University to the Kenya Power Generation Company. This is a powerful technique using microseismic and magnetotelluric measurements to generate images of where water/steam and fractures are present underground. He then developed a project concept to transfer this expertise in the region and back it up with a drilling risk fund.

In 2000, Tom commissioned a study on fuel cells involving the International Finance Corporation and Imperial College of London to understand the opportunities for distributed power cogeneration.

In Madagascar, Tom followed up a general African assessment of wind energy opportunities with his own research; in a subsequent visit to Madagascar his team identified a wind power plant next to a new Rio Tinto titanium mining operation. Based on available data, they conducted a pre-feasibility study and were able to convince the local authorities and financiers to proceed to the full feasibility study phase.
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