Energy Island Ltd.
Dominic Michaelis: Founder/Director
After graduating in architecture from Cambridge, and obtaining an MSc in structural engineering from Cornell, Dominic began his career with Arup Associates and Piano Rogers. He then went on to set up his own practice to which he linked a consultancy, Solar Energy Developments, designing a number of built solar projects including:
Individual solar houses across the UK and Europe, passive and active solar heating for low cost apartment blocks in Pisa and Siena for IACP, an evaporative cooled house in Marrakech and 5 health centres in Mali, built of pisé walls, a Polytechnic in Barbados, where inclined hollow roofs are used to create natural air conditioning, and a solar factory office building in Stockport (UK) that won an RIBA award. He also worked with Noor-Web, Morocco, to established a network of village photovoltaic battery recharging centres for the agricultural communities not served by the grid.
Dominic patented an all-flexible wave energy converter developed with Peter Rice of Arup (see Wikipedia). A sea-going prototype proved the viability of the system. This marine energy work brought him in contact with the International OTEC Association, which published his article on Energy Island in their summer newsletter 2002, their penultimate publication before the association ceased its activities.
Alex Michaelis: Managing Director
Educated at Westminster School, The Architecture Association and Oxford Brookes University, Alex set up his own practice in 1991 having worked for John Miller and Partners, Julyan Wickham & Associates as well as Dominic his father.
In 1994 he teamed up with Tim Boyd to create Michaelis Boyd Associates (MBA). After promoting environmental design and renewable energy, it was only having tested many systems in his own house that MBA has been allowed to integrate these systems in many of the projects they now do, including the house of Prime Minister, David Cameron MP.
The practice now specialises in sustainable design and works in hospitality (hotels and restaurants), office, housing developments and private houses including the eco-hotel, Sawston Hall. Private eco-homes include Berezavoir as well as ones on Oxford Gardens, Chepstow Road and Kingsbridge Road.
Director, Energy Island Bell Pirie Ltd.
CEO, Bell Pirie Power Corp. (Philippines)
Lourdesiree has overall project development responsibility for the company’s first
OTEC pilot plant in the Philippines. In this capacity, she liaises with and assists the
host government in developing the country’s renewable portfolio standard and feed in
tariff mechanisms to promote investment and the development of the Philippine’s
nascent marine energy industry.
She is the founder of Bell Pirie Power Corp. – a Philippine registered company
engaged in services to explore, develop, operate, maintain and sell electricity
generated from renewable energy to electric utilities. She has had prime
responsibility for identification of suitable sites, contract negotiation, regulatory
negotiations, raising finance, and local development of the business as well as liaison
with technology providers worldwide.
Previously, she was the director and co-founder of Cyberia – an internet startup in
Manchester acquired by Easynet plc in 1996. She has over 15 years of experience
working for corporate development for Ford Motor Company and has also worked for
Ernst & Young and UK consultancy firms in management and IT consultancies.
Lourdesiree sits on the Advisory Board of Oxford University – Females in
Engineering, Science and Technology (OxFEST) in Entrepreneurship and has served
as trustee for East London Advanced Technology Training. She received her MSc
degree from London School of Economics and studied at the University of the
Philippines Los Banos and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Jerome Tomasi: Director
With degrees in Engineering and Microelectronics, Jerome began a military career at the Technical Center for Naval Engineering Systems in Toulon, France.
He went on to be appointed to RADHAZ (Department of Radiation Damage to Electromagnetic Systems and Weaponery) carrying out studies and trials in the field. In late 2002, he became Chief Investment Officer of this strategic department.
In 2007, he moved on to work for ORTEC Environment, in the recovery of solid and liquid waste. Today, in parallel to being a Director of Energy Island, he also works at Intactile Design, specialising in the production of man-machine interfaces.
Friedrich Kohl: Director
Friedrich studied engineering, design, environment and completed an MA at Braunschweig University, Germany in 1980.
He worked in shipping and aviation, in government, as well as with renewable energy technologies companies (solar-thermal, transport and marine) and organisations in Australia and Germany, since 1998 as an independant consultant.
He has set up and continues to manage businesses and has been a director of Energy Island Ltd and of its predecessor, Solar Energy Ltd., since 2003.