NREL's Bharathan honored by Geothermal Energy Association
July 2, 2012
Dr. Desikan Bharathan, a principal engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been recognized with a GEA Honors Award by
the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA).
The awards program gives special recognition to companies and individuals who have
made notable achievements toward the advancement of geothermal energy technology,
economic development or environmental protection. Bharathan will receive this award
during the GEA National Geothermal Summit Awards Dinner on Aug. 7 in Sacramento, Calif.
An NREL employee since 1980, Bharathan is being recognized for his work at NREL in
the researching, developing and deploying revolutionary condenser technology that
has improved the efficiency of geothermal energy production.
Bharathan was the principal investigator for research on direct-contact heat exchangers
for the production and condensation of low-pressure steam in ocean thermal and geothermal
energy conversion systems. He managed and directed the research operations as well
as supervised and mentored a number of junior engineers and technicians in the process.
“I am honored to be recognized for this work by the Geothermal Energy Association,”
Bharathan said. “We are proud that the work our team here at NREL is doing is acknowledged
by our peers as being on the cutting edge of geothermal energy R&D.”
Bharathan is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), is named
in six patents and has published more than 50 technical papers and reports. He holds
degrees in aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras,
India) and the University of Virginia.
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energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by
the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.