Wally Thompson

+505 8823 3119 (CentAm) +423 834 2006 (USA) windwalla@arctas.com

Mr. Walter Thompson, 63, is Director of Wind Engineering for Arctas. He has significant international experience in alternative energy project and product development since 1974. Currently, Mr. Thompson is based in Central America for Arctas and provides on-site project management and engineering assistance for the wind projects Arctas is developing, including the vetting and selection of equipment and key vendors.

During the past 35+ years, Mr. Thompson has managed the installation of over 2,500 wind turbines in the USA, India, and Nicaragua and managed the O&M on over 500 wind turbines. Additionally, he has designed wind turbines ranging in size from 2 kW to 400 kW. He has managed research contracts delving into understanding various aspects of wind turbine technology for Battelle PNL, EPRI, DOE, and NREL, that included: wake effects from individual wind turbines and wind turbine arrays, electrical power line response to wind turbine interconnection, composite structure response to numerically high fatigue loading, numerically high fatigue loading on steel components within wind turbine assemblies, generator mechanical stability under wind turbine loading conditions, and specifications for gearbox design. He has set up and managed the manufacturing of blades and towers used for wind turbines, as well as set up and managed the assembly of wind turbines. He also has developed several wind projects in USA and India, and performed O&M under contract for several wind projects in the USA. He has performed failure analysis of wind turbines and acted as an Expert Witness on numerous occasions. He has served on several American Wind Energy Association standards committees including Power Curve Measurement Specification and Techniques and Gearbox Standards and Specification. Likewise, he has served on several “Blue Ribbon” committees by invitation from the Department of Energy to determine R&D avenues to fund, as well as assessment of current wind industry status. He also worked with the government of India to create regulations to monitor and control the development of the wind industry in India.

Mr. Thompson has also designed and installed photovoltaic systems up to 25 kW in size, and worked on the design and installation of solar thermal hot water systems for both commercial and domestic usage.

Mr. Thompson was Chief Operation Officer for Aerisyn, a wind turbine tower manufacturing company that he co-founded. He was responsible for the set up and operation of the manufacturing facility as well as attracting customers and negotiating sales contracts.
Mr. Thompson received his BSME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.

He also held the position of Vice President at Suzlon USA, one of the top ranking wind turbine manufacturers. He was responsible for developing a market for Suzlon outside India including gaining customers, writing contracts, and managing projects. He also was a member of the BOD of Suzlon Wind Energy Projects, a company formed to develop wind projects utilizing the Suzlon turbine. Mr. Thompson spent nearly 5 years in India as Executive Director of the Wind Division of Renewable Energy Systems LTD – India. He set up the manufacture in India of a wind turbine under a JV arrangement with the USA partner AWT, localizing approximately 60 percent of the content of the turbine over a 2 year time period. He also developed numerous projects in India utilizing this turbine.

Mr. Thompson received his BSME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.

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