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Sertac Akar

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Sertac Akar is a member of the Technology Systems & Impacts Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Geothermal Energy Analyst
On staff since 2014
Phone number: 303-275-3725

Areas of Expertise

  • Geothermal resource exploration and assessment
  • Drilling and well testing
  • Production and reservoir development
  • Geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS)
  • Techno-economic evaluation and project feasibility

Research Interests

  • Techno-economic analysis of geothermal energy projects
  • Resource assessment for geothermal power and heat projects
  • Thermal desalination technologies
  • Hybrid geothermal-solar thermal power plants
  • New technologies for drilling and enhanced geothermal systems (EGS)
  • Manufacturing analysis and cost models for power plant components


  • M.Sc. in geological engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, 2007
  • B.S. in geological engineering, METU, Ankara, Turkey, 2004

Prior Work Experience

  • Geothermal Production Group Manager, BM Holdings Inc, Ankara, Turkey (2013-2014)
  • Project Geologist, BM Holdings Inc, Ankara, Turkey (2009-2013)
  • Liaison Officer, United Nations, Nicosia, Cyprus (2008-2009)
  • Visiting Researcher, ITC, Enschede, Holland (2007-2008)
  • Research Assistant, METU, Ankara, Turkey (2005-2008)
  • Geotechnical Intern, Sonar Drilling, Ankara, Turkey (2003)
  • Intern Geologist, Ciner Holdings Inc., Canakkale, Turkey (2002)

Other affiliations

  • Member of Geological Engineering Chamber

Featured Publications

Akar, S. and K.R. Young. 2015. Assessment of New Approaches in Geothermal Exploration Decision Making: Preprint. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/CP-6A20-63546.

Ediger, V. and S. Akar. "ARIMA forecasting of primary energy demand by fuel in Turkey." Energy Policy 35 (2007): 1701-08.

Akar, S., O. Atalay, C. Kuyumcu, U. Solaroğlu, B. Çolpan, and S. Arzuman. "3D Subsurface Modeling of Gumuskoy Geothermal Area, Aydin, Turkey." GRC Transactions 35 (2011): 669-76.

Kuyumcu, C., U. Solaroğlu, S. Akar, O. Atalay, and B. Çoplan. "Estimation of Permeability using Simple Multi Criteria Decision Analysis in Gumuşkoy, Aydin, Turkey." GRC Transactions 35 (2011): 1573-79.

Kuyumcu, C., U. Solaroğlu, S. Akar, and O. Serin. "Hybrid Geothermal and Solar Thermal Power Plant Case Study: Gumuşkoy GEPP." GRC Transactions 36 (2012): 1091-96.

Kuyumcu, C., U. Solaroğlu, S. Akar, and B. Ipek. "A Directional Geothermal Well in Turkey: GK-4 Case Study." GRC Transactions 36 (2012): 291-96.

Full list of Sertac Akar publications (NREL)