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Sertac Akar

Energy Analyst - Geothermal | 303-275-3725

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

Areas of Expertise

Techno-economic evaluation and supply chain
Exploration and production
Drilling and well testing
Reservoir modelling and development
Geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS)

Research Interests

Techno-economic analysis of geothermal energy projects
Supply chain/value chain analysis for geothermal and solar thermal power plants
Geothermal resource assessment (exploration & production)
Desalination of brackish water using geothermal energy
Hybrid geothermal-solar thermal power plants
New technologies for Drilling and Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)


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 (20132014)
Project Geologist, BM Holdings Inc, Ankara, Turkey (20092013)
Liaison Officer, United Nations, Nicosia, Cyprus (20082009)
Visiting Researcher, ITC, Enschede, Holland (20072008)
Research Assistant, METU, Ankara, Turkey (20052008)
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. Solarolu, B. olpan, and S. Arzuman. "3D Subsurface Modeling of Gumuskoy Geothermal Area, Aydin, Turkey." GRC Transactions 35 (2011): 669-76.

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

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

Kuyumcu, C., U. Solarolu, 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).