The Team

THE TEAM

BrightWind is led by leading wind analysts with over 20 years’ experience working in wind resource assessment. Our experience stems from working for international wind development companies and so as consultants we know exactly what our clients need.

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SHANE MARTIN

Co-Founder & Director

Shane Martin is a qualified Mechanical Engineer from University College Dublin, Ireland and has 10 years of domestic and international experience in the wind energy industry. Shane Martin is a co-founder of BrightWind. He previously founded, invested and raised external capital for a wind energy development company called Torbellino in Chile which developed 4 wind energy projects totalling 75MW. This business was sold to Patagonia Wings aka Sealand in March 2016.
Prior to Torbellino he worked within the Chilean wind market for Mainstream Renewable Power. During his time with Mainstream he developed a 1000 MW pipeline of wind energy assets over a 2 year period and was a member of the senior management team in Chile.

Before Mainstream, Shane worked with Airtricity (now SSE renewables / www.sse.com) for 5 years on a large development and construction wind energy pipeline across several countries. Key areas of expertise lies in capital fundraising and sales, commercial and technical evaluation of wind projects, wind project site identification and evaluation, wind analysis & technical feasibility analysis, wind energy development and project implementation.

stephen holleran

Co-Founder & Director

Stephen started his career in renewable energy joining Airtricity in 2003. He was a senior wind analyst responsible primarily for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland markets. He delivered bankable resource assessments for a portfolio of over 550 MW of wind farms both onshore and offshore. Other responsibilities were early site identification and due diligence for acquisition projects in the Irish, Chinese, Italian, Swedish and US markets.

After the sale of Airtricity, Stephen joined the newly formed Mainstream Renewable Power where he headed up the Energy Analysis Group. He was an integral part of the many teams breaking into new markets around the world. He and his team executed site selections, layout designs, due diligence, measurement installations, wind and solar resource analyses on over 6.5 GW of wind and solar projects across Canada, Chile, South Africa and the US and also 5.5 GW of offshore wind off the Scottish, English and German coasts.

In 2011, Stephen founded Renovare Renewables which has performed wind and solar resource analyses on more than 2,400 MW of projects over four continents. In partnership with Shane Martin, Stephen has now co-founded BrightWind.

andrew good

Senior Analyst

Andrew Good is a chartered engineer with 10 years of experience in data analysis within the renewable energy sector.

Prior to working with BrightWind, Andrew worked for 6 years as a technical manager and principal energy analyst for the tidal turbine developer, Openhydro Technology. During this time, he delivered energy resource and uncertainty assessments in support of a pre-construction project portfolio which extended across Europe, the Americas and East Asia.

He was also responsible for the specification of turbine design loads considering relevant environmental conditions, and real-time monitoring and analysis of sensor data from operational test turbines. In recent years, Andrew has also been an active contributor to the development of three IEC technical specifications (draft standards) which aim to harmonise best practice across the field of marine renewable energy.

Before joining OpenHydro, Andrew studied at Queens University Belfast, completing both a masters in Civil Engineering and a PhD investigation of turbine fluid dynamics, based on both tank tests and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations.
 

BIANCA MORANDI

Senior Analyst

Bianca Morandi is a qualified Renewable Energy Engineer with over 6 years of experience in data analysis within the renewable energy sector.

Prior to working with BrightWind, Bianca worked as site characterisation engineer for a French tidal turbine developer, Sabella. She was responsible for turbine environmental sensors integration and monitoring and for ADCP measurement campaigns. She also delivered energy resource and environmental load assessments in support of pre-construction projects in the French, Canadian and Asian markets.

Prior to Sabella, Bianca worked for another Irish tidal turbine developer, Openhydro Technology. She was responsible for the real-time monitoring and analysis of sensor data from operational test turbines, for the French and Canadian markets.

Before joining OpenHydro, Bianca studied at La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, completing a masters in Renewable Energy Engineering. As part of her internships she worked as sensor technician at the experimental aerodynamics laboratory of the university and as research assistant at CNR-INSEAN Rome.

TOMAS BLODAU

Independent Senior Wind Analyst

Tomas Blodau qualified as a Mechanical Engineer in Ireland (NUIG) in 1999, and then moved to Germany to work for a wind and solar project developer where he played a key role in the development and construction of one of Europes (then) largest PV installations.

In 2002, Tomas joined Repower / Senvion, at first in project development and sales, but soon moved to set up the International Wind and Site Department which he led until early 2018. Tomas has been in the organisational committee for many Wind Europe Technical Workshops and also in the IEC where he is active in the -15 (Site assessment) and -12-4 (numerical site calibration).

Having left Senvion after 15 years, Tomas has set up as an independent wind energy consultant and works with Brightwind on a number of specific projects.

CONOR COADY

Senior Wind Analyst / Consultant

Conor Coady has worked in the wind industry since 2003 and has experience in a wide range of roles and perspectives from within the industry. He now specialises in wind resource assessment.
Conor became involved with the industry when he joined GE in 2003, to assist in the construction of Irelands first Offshore wind project, Arklow Bank. Among other project engineering duties, Conor ran a successful lessons-learned project.

Conor then went on to complete an MSc. In Renewable Energy systems at DKIT before emigrating to New Zealand, to work for a small wind farm developer. From here he first joined DNV GL (formerly Garrad Hassan) providing a range of consultancy services, for both prospective and operational projects. Work also included engagement with Pacific Island countries to help advance renewable energy development.

On returning to Ireland Conor joined ESB to work in wind farm acquisition and project development, before returning to work for DNVGL. Here he focussed on resource assessment for the Irish market. Conor now works with Brightwind on a part-time basis as a senior consultant and advisor.

NEIL JONES

Software Engineer

Neil is a Full-Stack software engineer with over 3 years experience in developing bespoke software applications.

Neil started his career with a software consultancy firm called Calm Creek. Here he spent over two years building data-intensive web and mobile applications for various clients based in the US. He worked on both front and back-end development as well as QA, Testing and DevOps.

Before joining BrightWind he studied an MSc in Computer Science in University College Dublin, where he specialised in Data Science and Data Engineering. At BrightWind he handles the development of the Data Monitoring Platform.

GELMIS BARTULIS

Software Engineer

Gelmis a full-stack software engineer who has experience in web, mobile and software applications.

After completing his degree in BSc (Hons) in Computer Science in Technological University Dublin, he presented his research on Implementation of natural language understanding in an intelligent conversational agent, which was presented at a international conference on Meaning and Knowledge Representation in 2018.

Gelmis began his development career in MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Services), where he was working on an Android based project. The finished application allowed users to budget their income and expenses with integrated hands-free control and real time database for product management.

Before joining Brightwind, he spent his time working in Wipro, where he was a lead developer of a robust resource management platform, delivering web and mobile based projects to financial companies, while also having great team flow and communication.