Luis Ortiz Calahorra

Engineer, Wind

Luis Ortiz is a member of the engineering team as Head of wind energy assessment at Renewable Power Capital Ltd.

Luis worked with different developers, utilities and wind turbine suppliers for more than 15 years. As a site assessment expert engineer, he has performing among other functions including Development, management and analysis of wind resource studies using the leading software, design and supervision of wind measurement campaigns, layouts optimization including fatigue and extreme loads studies and selection of turbines from LCOE point of view, supervision of Power Curve test and developing projects, until obtaining optimal financing. He has a degree in physical sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

What’s your role at RPC?

As a part of the engineering team I’m the Head of Wind, this means I’m responsible for designing layout considering all restrictions, developing wind campaigns, comparing WTG suppliers and optimizing every site to get the best CAPEX & OPEX as possible to prepare the IC.

What’s a typical working day for you?

I start every day checking ongoing tasks and reviewing their current status. After that I focus my attention on the wind projects that we are preparing for the IC including an assessment of energy yields, checking load results and checking how the WF is forecast to operate across its lifetime to get the best outcomes from the project as possible.

We’re fortunate to work with consultants and suppliers committed to our goals so the labour or coordination and daily catch up is rewarding and allows us to increase the value of our project.

What have you found during your time at RPC?

I have found a very promising team ready to successfully develop renewable energy projects to accelerate the energy transition in the coming years.

What’s your proudest career moment?

During the COVID-19 lockdown, together with my former colleagues, we were able to prepare a cluster of three wind farms in Spain for the IC. We got through a huge amount, including the improvement of the wind campaign, the revision and optimization of each item of losses and uncertainties. We also provided several updates of EYA and modelization to check month by month evolution of the sites.

What do you do in your spare time?

I spend time with family and friends. I also enjoy reading and trying to get back into bike riding, which has which always given me very good experiences. 

Where’s your favourite place in Europe?

My home, it is the place where I found stability, happiness, kid games, noise, problems, solutions… all together but in family. 

What’s your favourite clean technology and why?

Onshore and Offshore Wind because I have seen its evolution for more than fifteen years in parallel to my professional career and I’m sure the best is coming.