Meet the team – KAEFER Corporate Competence Center Renewable Energies (CCCR)

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Discover the people and work done behind POLYPHEM in our blog articles series!

Figure 1: KAEFER CCCR team (from left to right): Daniel Ipse, Julian Roschen, Lea Fennen, Kevin Ebert, Simon Schütrumpf, Sonja Langer-Meyer, Andreas Pöppinghaus, Thore Stehning.

Andreas Pöppinghaus initiated the Polyphem project. He studied mechanical engineering in Hannover and has been Head of the KAEFER Corporate Competence Centers Department since 2011, when he joined KAEFER. For many years of his professional life, he had been involved in the development of gas turbines as the CEO of a commercial company.

Daniel Ipse joined KAEFER CCCR in the very beginning of KAEFER’s Concentrated Solar Power activities in 2011 and plays a significant role in shaping the company’s expertise in this technology sector. Daniel is a vocational trained tool and die maker and studied energy technology in Bremen.

Julian Roschen has been responsible for the measurement and control technology of the Polyphem project since 2018. Julian studied electrical engineering in Bremen with focus on control technology. Besides his engagement at KAEFER, Julian is writing his doctoral thesis at the University of Bremen.

Kevin Ebert studied energy and environmental technology in Bremen and started working for KAEFER seven years ago, holding various positions within the organisation. Kevin’s roles in the project are detail engineering, process simulations and commissioning.

Lea Fennen studied process engineering and materials sciences and joined the team in 2019. Lea’s responsibilities in the team are safety, detail engineering and commissioning.

Thore Stehning is state certified automotive and aviation technician and project engineer at KAEFER CCCR. He has been working for the company for five years. His roles in the team are detail engineering, production assembly and commissioning. Thore looks back on many years working on international projects.

Simon Schütrumpf studied process engineering in Bremen and has been project manager in the KAEFER CCCR team since 2018. In his professional career Simon has managed international projects for KAEFER and other companies.

The KAEFER team is responsible for the general engineering and the top cycle of the prototype plant which mainly consists of the gas turbine. KAEFER has designed and built the Polyphem turbine as a micro heavy duty on basis of commercially available components. Furthermore, KAEFER oversees the control system of the turbine and the P&ID of the entire plant.

Figure 2: Polyphem Micro Heavy Duty Gas Turbine