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SOLAR THERMAL '11 - Keynote Speaker Mark Thornbloom

Mark Thornbloom, from Kelelo Engineering, will discuss solar heating and cooling industry trends, and projections for the future of the industry.  Mark's career in solar energy has covered everything from research to installation.   He worked for thirteen years at the UCF Florida Solar Energy Center in solar thermal applied research and development. There, he was Test Manager for the FSEC Testing Labs, where he conducted solar thermal collector testing and certification, tested solar equipment to ASHRAE and ISO standards, maintained the testing facility with the computer engineer and technicians, and assisted international universities in developing solar thermal testing labs and certification programs.  He also conducted research on liquid desiccants and solar cooling.  He then worked for Schuco USA where he conducted siting and sizing of solar thermal and PV systems for residential and commercial applications, installed systems as a manufacturer’s rep and for OJT training, helped integrate European equipment into the US market and conducted training for factory-trained solar thermal installers.  Later, he worked for Viessmann Manufacturing where he oversaw the implementation of the company’s solar thermal activities throughout the US.  For over a decade he has also been Principal of Kelelo Engineering, a small engineering consulting firm specializing in commercial and industrial solar thermal systems.  In the past, Kelelo has also provided sustainable solutions through micro-entreprise through technical assistance in the U.S., Caribbean and central Africa in diverse projects such as micro hydro-mechanical turbines and waterwheels, solar air conditioning, and solar thermal feasibilities for the poultry industry.  Mark has also given workshops to numerous audiences on various solar thermal applications and is a regular workshop presenter at the annual ASES conference.
 
Mark is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida and holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University where his thesis was on the impact of flow rates on heat exchange effectiveness in solar thermal systems.  He also holds a BSME from University of Illinois and a BA in Physics from North Park College, is fluent in French and Lingala, and has written several research papers.  He is Vice-Chair of SRCC, which he has served in numerous roles for over 15 years including Interim Executive Director.  He is a Fellow, charter Life Member and Board member of American Solar Energy Society and recently earned the prestigious Hottel Award; he was part of the second class of NABCEP certified solar thermal installers; and he has served the ASME Solar Energy Division in numerous roles including conference technical chair and five years on the Executive Committee.