Keith D. Patch
When not leading technology development / commercialization efforts as a full-time employee, I provide technical and management consulting services on sustainability, energy and water issues to a range of confidential clients. Topics range from analyzing the quality of intellectual property for a new energy conversion process, to a technical, market, financial and environmental analysis of an emerging residential-scale energy technology.
Joule Unlimited Technologies, Inc.
Process Engineering Manager
Responsible for directing Process Engineering and Controls Department activities. Department designed and procured Joule's 1-Acre efficient, eco-friendly, and commercially-viable process for the production of photosynthetically-derived 4th-generation hydrocarbon biofuels. A primary focus was on unit operations and plant design, including renewable electricity and steam generation, to maximize environmental benefits of Joule’s process. Additional primary focus on developing proprietary instrumentation / automation / controls for practical, cost-effective commercial-scale (1,000 acres) plant operation. Team evaluated plant and equipment process configurations for various specific products and plant sites, providing recommendations on component design, subsystem selection and process operation. Performance and LCA modeling involved simulating diurnal operation for 365 days of biofuels plant operation in MATLAB, satisfying plant parasitic loads using photovoltaic (PV) electrical generation and CSP (concentrating solar thermal power) with molten salt storage for process steam generation. Steered the development of standard engineering documentation (BFDs, PFDs, P&IDs and specifications); oversaw the integration of engineering with business development efforts. Led successful petition to U.S. EPA yielding approval of Joule's advanced biofuel production pathway (D-code 5 RINs) under the renewable fuels standard (RFS).
ORC Product Manager
Product champion in charge of strategic analysis, product line development, product launch and commercial introduction of the CN300, a new organic Rankine cycle (ORC) turbogenerator capable of turning geothermal, solar, biomass or waste heat into 300 kWe of clean, renewable electricity. Incepted and put into place North American and international business development strategies, which involved directing and guiding channel partners and internal and external sales teams. Interfaced with governments, government agencies and utilities to determine enhanced project siting opportunities. Worked closely with Engineering, Contracting, Manufacturing and Purchasing to achieve revenue and profitability goals. Negotiated partnerships with motivated strategic partners.
2001 - 2012
Responsible for technology development, mathematical modeling and economic analysis/ estimating capital and manufacturing costs of advanced biotech devices, as well as electrolyzer and fuel cell systems: Lead effort to adapt direct methanol fuel cell technology to produce a portable infusion fluid thermal heating system; Developed state-of-the-art cooling subsystem for portable oxygen-enriched air persufflation system for enhanced human organ preservation during transport; Spearheaded team that created a first-principles mathematical simulation of a complete High-Altitude, Long Endurance hydrogen/air fuel cell propulsion system, which automatically sized and optimized components for minimum total system weight for a given mission; Modeling and component development for a military direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) prototype; Oversee mathematical modeling, engineering and testing of electrochemical devices and systems for commercial and government customers; Oversaw computer hardware/software/services for 5 servers and 115 workstations.
InfiMed Therapeutics, Inc.
Tasked with primary engineering responsibility for scale-up to manufacturing of aseptic dispensing for a novel injectable controlled-release human growth hormone (HGH) formulation. Assembled and characterized robotic dispenser system, then proved performance to be comparable to outside supplier's liquid filling machinery. Assisted in the transfer from development to production of additional manufacturing steps, as well as cost reduction, review of batch records, and cGMP review of planned manufacturing procedures.
Provide technical marketing services to a technology company that specializes in solving problems across a variety of industries, including health and medicine, law enforcement, food and beverage, defense, and others. Developed market research and proposal development efforts for diverse health-related projects. Projects spanned the range from advanced air sterilization devices for the destruction of biological and chemical contaminants, to operator health and safety improvements for protective garments.
Additional Relevant Experience
Thermo Electron Corporation R&D Center
Chemical Engineer, Project Engineer, Senior Project Engineer, Senior Engineer, Program Manager
Leading all phases of residential, commercial, industrial and analytical instrument product development and consulting work.
Energy Resources Company
Process development, design, and procurement of commercial fluidized bed plants. Managed operations and capital improvements of pilot plant facility.
MIT School of Chemical Engineering Practice
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (TN) and General Electric (NY)
Conducted a combination of research- and plant design-related projects as part of my Masters in Chemical Engineering Practice degree program.