Darius Boshoff (B. Eng. Honours, Chemical Engineering, University of Pretoria) has more than 12 years experience in energy. Furthermore he has an MBA with Monash University. Starting off in Nuclear he spent two years learning the ins-and-outs of systems engineering and the high level of detail required in the Nuclear Energy sector. After realising that the future of nuclear will be marred by regulatory and political upheaval he directed his energy into smaller scale distributed renewable energy technologies and worked with startups and waste management companies to explore alternatives to both waste management and energy production. His passion lies in developing new technology and localising principles of sustainability in an African context that have been proven abroad. He is a registered Renewable Energy professional and and Professional Engineer. His dream is to create a collaborative innovation space for engineers to contribute to sustainability and make a difference by accelerating the adoption of alternatives.
James Hayes (B. Eng Electronic, University of Pretoria) focuses his professional activities on renewable energy, networking, sustainable water utilization, and education. He has worked with international organisations as well as start-up companies on three continents. He spent 3 over winter sessions in Antarctica managing communications for the South African research team. James has extensive experience in deployment and management of telecommunications infrastructure, distributed automation systems, remote energy infrastructure and scientific monitoring instrumentation. He has trained and managed installation teams and service personnel for roll-outs in these fields. James has an ability to map processes, implement effective management systems, create roll-out strategies and manage operations for infrastructure and business deployments. His experience has allowed him to consult several companies and to work on a diversity of projects.
Jeremy Fincher is a well seasoned design engineer that has worked as the design office head for several large engineering firms including Basil Reed and Matomo. He is well versed in AutoCAD, Microstation and Inventor. Jeremy issists as a mentor and a fabrication specialist from time to time as he is also the Managing Director of Alugrate Holdings, a specialised alimunnium grating manufacturing company that serves the solar rooftop industry worldwide.
Colin Chapple (Pr. Eng. BSc (Hons) Electrical, University of England) is a seasoned veteran in the projects space with 27 years of experience. Having executed multi billion rand projects in harsh environments across the globe, his uncanny way of resolving conflict, managing projects and realising the goals of the employer have made him a dear ally in many large capital projects. He has a strong and extensive skill set comprising all facets of project management, electrical and multidiscipline engineering, financial evaluation, strategy and ‘innovative problem solving’. Colin has been involved in a number of large multidisciplinary projects in mining, waste to energy, wind power and other heavy industries in South Africa, Africa and the Russian Federation where these skills have been demonstrated and recognised. Being adept at organising, directing and implementing programs. He is known for problem solving and regularly undertakes the more challenging and cross border projects where his skills are applied in new fields or to rescue projects.
Junior Process Engineer
Nkululeko Mbonane (Dip., Chemical Engineering, UNISA) joined Energidrop as an undergraduate. His keen attitude to get involved with solving envirnomental and social issues has made him a key player in the team and a trustworthy partner in a young startup. Nkululeko displays huge potential and ability to understand problems and manage projects. He has been involved in Composting projects, Heat exchange plant piloting for the Energidrop heated Tuktuk projecct and for the Energidrop Pyrolysis pilot plant.
- Oswald Engineering – HVAC &Mechanical
- Science Clinic – Science Education
- Greentower – Wind monitoring and structures
- Viewmetrics – Logistics and systems
- Process Design & Automation – Control and instrumentation
- Equilibrium Biofuels – Biodiesel
- Prodiflex – Solids handling and manufacturing
- Diversified Energy – Project development and consulting
- Waste Transformation 4 Energy Association – NPC for W2E industry growth in Africa
- Witech Development Corporation – Waste to Energy technology and projects
- Kisiwa Farming Limited – Coconut processing and bioenergy
- Stackworx – Software development
Opportunities for vacation work are available for Chemical, Mechanical and Electrical B. Tech and B. Eng student.