CeraPhi Energy

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About Us

An Introductory Message From Our CEO

“In these challenging and uncertain times, climate changes, global pandemic, financial instability, how and where to invest sustainably has become ever more a personal matter, influenced by many factors outside our control.  Having had a successful career in the global energy sector and as an Investor and business entrepreneur myself I too faced the same challenge until I discovered Geothermal Energy.

After nearly 30 years in the energy sector I finally realized the reason for my life’s journey, discovering the true potential of the energy beneath our feet, so I decided to do something about it, bringing together the best minds and experts I could find to develop a scalable solution unleashing Geothermal Energy from its ubiquitous state to become our first choice of clean baseload energy within the next 30 years to help meet the 2050 Paris Agreement targets to achieve net zero.”

– Karl Farrow

Geothermal Revolution
What is Geothermal?

Water and/or steam carry geothermal energy to the surface of the earth.

Depending on its characteristics, geothermal energy can be used for heating and cooling purposes or be harnessed to generate clean electricity.

There are different geothermal technologies with distinct levels of maturity.

Technology for direct uses like district heating, geothermal heat pumps, greenhouses, and for other applications are widely used and considered mature.

Technology for electricity generation from hydrothermal reservoirs with naturally high permeability is more than 100 years old and reliable.

Despite the staggering amount of energy is trapped beneath our feet, only 15 GWe of energy is currently produced commercially from Geothermal sources today – equivalent to the daily demand of Wales.

Geothermal - Its Key Benefits

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  • Geothermal is a baseload green energy available everywhere
  • The average temperature needed to produce Geothermal energy is >70°C
  • Thermal energy heat of between 30°C and 120°C is enough to supply commercial grade heating and cooling from Geothermal Energy anywhere in the world

 

  • Geothermal is the only renewable energy capable of providing 24/7 baseload capacity anywhere
  • Baseload is the ability to provide continuous energy 24/7 whatever the environmental condition
  • It offers reliability to fill the gap between solar and wind. Solar can’t provide energy in darkness hours and wind energy is affected when the wind doesn’t blow or blows too fast.
  • Geothermal price is stable
  • It provides flexible on and off-grid energy solutions allowing conversion of existing coal and other fossil fuel to empower generation of a fully renewable source
  • It uses existing infrastructure, transmission and distribution systems saving billions of pounds in network modification costs.
  • Geothermal is cost-competitive against other renewable sources
  • Energy produced from Geothermal is more than electricity:
    • Thermal energy for heating and cooling with no losses
  • Heating using electricity from wind or solar uses up to 70% more energy to convert to heat or cooling that results in significant energy efficiency loss pound for pound.

True 1-2-1 Baseload Renewable Energy Transition

Baseload Renewable Energy Transition

True 100% renewable baseload, night and day, 24/7

Baseload Renewable Energy Transition

Zero fuel combustion, zero carbon emissions

Baseload Renewable Energy Transition

Minimal environment impact, less surface land usage

Baseload Renewable Energy Transition

New-build capacity or conversion of existing fossil fuel plants at scale

Baseload Renewable Energy Transition

Available anywhere in the world at scale

Baseload Renewable Energy Transition

Grid availability without overloads 24/7

Baseload Renewable Energy Transition

Lowest cost, emissions free electricity, anywhere

  • Geothermal provides a competitive solution to wind and solar.
  • It can be even cheaper, under the right circumstances. Its main advantage is that is a 24/7 baseload energy providing continuous energy whether the sun shines or the wind blows.
  • As a continuous supply, it can be peaked and turned on and off as needed at any time.
  • Geothermal is an ‘anywhere any time’ energy
  • It can be connected on or off grid to meet specific energy needs for multiple private usages without reliance on expensive transmission infrastructure for:
  • Industrial sites
  • Retail parks
  • Businesses

Geothermal provides the same hot steam vapour that drives coal-fired power plants so it can be used in the transition of these plants, replacing the coal feed stock with steam directly from underground geothermal wells.

  • Geothermal is a solution for a quick transition from fossil fuel power to clean green energy.
  • It replaces the dirty feed stock from coal and removes the need to mine coal, which would have a massive impact on combatting climate change.
  • Retrofitting old coal and gas-fired power plant infrastructure will reduce the carbon footprint by reusing existing infrastructure.
  • Customers’ transition and distribution systems would be in place

Meet The Team

Amit Gupta
Economic Analyst

Amit Gupta, an Ex-Marine Electrical Engineer and individual stock market trader for over five years, holds a master’s degree in finance and Investment from Loughborough University. With a background in the marine industry, Amit combines technical expertise with financial acumen. In his leisure time, he enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and socializing with friends.

Angela Hogg
Financial & Credit Controller

30 years’ experience in accounting and all aspects of admin in various sectors, the last 12 years being employed within the energy sector.

Ashley Lowthian
Drilling Project Manager

Ashley is CeraPhi’s lead driller with a passion for geothermal. He has over 15years of experience in the drilling industry and has developed a strong set of skills and a proven track record of drilling all over the world on land and at sea

Barry Read
Proposals and Geology Lead

Barry is a Geologist and Engineer with 10 years offshore experience from the North Sea to East Asia and Australia.  He then enjoyed seven years mining Iron Ore in Western Australia.  He has a BSc in Geology from Aberystwyth, a PGDip in Renewable Energy from Perth, WA and an MSc in Climate Change from the UEA

Catherine is the Founder and Director of Spectrum Solicitors.

She specialises in aviation issues and finance in the renewable sector and has studied financial modelling and carbon offsetting. She is often requested to study proposed legislation and ministerial statements.

Catherine believes that smart grids and virtual power stations will be very much part of our future going forward and she is committed to being part of that revolution.

Catherine breeds sport horses and own two stallions and is also a very big fan of cars, lorries and trains.

Celia Anderson
Advisory Board -Energy & Skills

Celia is a former government liaison on skills with the oil & gas industry, to founder of Skills for Energy, former East of England Energy Group Executive Director, Director of a STEM Hub in the East of England, and currently Offshore Wind Sector Deal People and Skills Director with Renewable UK, Celia continues to dedicate her lifetime of experience to skill and training.

Chris Sladen Ph. D,
Chair GEAA
Advisory Board - Energy Transition

Chris, brings a unique global experience from >30 years as a BP executive in China, Mexico where for over 15 years he was heading BP LATAM Business, Chris is a well-known media contributor to steering energy policy and regulations and education sectors having been recognised by the UK Government with both an MBE and CBE and being the first foreigner to receive the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle.

Farley Vilaca Commercial Manager Latin America

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Farley brings >30 years as a senior energy sector expert with an MBA in Enterprise Management, Master’s Degree in Systems of Innovation and Open Innovation Management. An expert in market intelligence, business development, international partnership, negotiation, crisis management and leadership for problem solving and technology qualification, strategic disruptive technologies for cost reduction and increase performance to the energy sector.

Gary Williams
Chief Operating Officer - Founder

>30 years’ energy sector experience in business operation and strategy. An entrepreneur with FT UK top 100 Companies’ experience and a strong operation and management background across the international energy sector, working with private and public sector energy projects around the globe.

Holly Harvey-Perdicou
Marketing & Media

Holly graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BA Hons in Decorative Arts. She has over 15 years’ experience within the energy sector, roles have included corporate communications and event management.

Holly resided in Malaysia and Singapore for 7 years between 2014 – 2021 where she worked in interior design. She is a busy mum of 2 and enjoys Pilates and cold-water swimming.

Horacio Carvalho
Director of Funding (Supervisory Board)
  • CEO of CCV. 50 years of experience in energy and infrastructure financing globally.

Founder of Carbon Capital Markets. Raised 3 carbon funds: Carbon Asset Fund (CAF) €35m & China Methane Recovery Fund €300m and REAF.

Led the first large scale wind project in Brazil (220 MW) with CER’s as well as biomass, rice husks, landfill methane recovery all generating CERs.

Up to present Horacio has raised more than US$15 billion in projects and concessions in the Renewables sector.

Ilse Bermudez ESG Stakeholder Engagement

>15 years’ a Technical Project Management, Senior Mechanical Engineer with International Business Development experience throughout five continents in the energy sector; from local content integration, corporate and social responsibility, contract negotiation, project management, and strategic planning of socially complex projects. 

Jimmy Farrow
Drilling Operations Supervisor

Jimmy Farrow is CeraPhi Drilling Solutions Drilling Operations Supervisor. Jimmy has 13 years’ experience in oil and gas, primarily focused on drilling. Starting at entry level, Jimmy worked internationally on jack-ups & semi-submersible assets, working his way up to crane operator & onto drilling deck supervisor. Jimmy is a big fan of football and loves DIY, fixing things, spending time with his wife and young son, going on family days out.

Karl Farrow
Chief Executive Officer - Founder

Entrepreneur with > 30 years in international energy sector leading project development, investment, commercial strategy execution. A visionary leader and business manager, who has led global operations for major project developers and managed multi-billion project portfolios at private and state level.

Ken Seymour Ph.D Drilling & Wells Advisor

Ken has >40 years’ experience in the energy sector, studying with a Shell Scholarship at University of Leeds where he obtained a first-class honour in degree in Mining Engineering and a PhD in Rock Mechanics. As solid career through BP, CNR, in drilling management and business development with over 20 years consulting roles for most of major international companies operating within the Sub-Saharan region of Africa.

Michelle Nicholls
Project Support

20 years experience working within administration in various industry’s from oil & gas to renewable energy to marine engineering. Holds a multitude of transferrable skills including Human Resources, Document control, HSEQ, Logistics, finance, training & development proposal/tender preparation and project cost controller/coordinator. Currently working towards a BA in Business Management alongside being a working mum to 1 (also full time unpaid taxi driver to said child)

Musa Taramov
Supervisory Board - Governance

Musa is a climate tech start up investor and non-executive director on the CeraPhi Supervisory Board, experienced geophysics, petroleum engineer Herriot Watt University with over 25 years specialist experience in well intervention working with fracking and stimulation departments across major oilfield services companies. A key advocate for geothermal and saving the planet.

Nezar Afshar Commercial Manager Middle East North Africa

Nezar has >40 years’ experience in the energy sector, experience drilling and oil field tools expert former Baker Hughes Operation Manager Middle East and responsible for Business Development throughout the MENA region. Nezar  is a keen advocate for clean energy transition and joins the company located in Abu Dubai overseeing opportunities within the Middle East and North African Region

Paul Fowler
Drilling Solutions Director

Paul is a drilling expert with vast geothermal drilling experience having delivered projects for domestic and commercial applications throughout the UK working with industry first innovations. He leads the CeraPhi Drilling Solutions team on all projects.

Ralph Hardwick
Business Assurance Lead

Ralph is a qualified Marine Engineer, having sailed as an Engineer Officer in the Merchant Navy.  Since leaving the sea, he gained over 35 years’ experience in the Offshore/Onshore Oil & Gas industry and the Offshore Wind Sector.  Initially operating Coil tubing, Wireline, Helium Leak Detection and H2S protection equipment and latterly in a variety of management roles including Business Assurance, Project Services, Regulatory Affairs, Business Development and Health & Safety. 

Ralph has extensive knowledge of Health & Safety compliance, major accident hazard management, incident investigation and ISO complaint Integrated management systems.  For 7 years Ralph served as an Offshore Inspector in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), managing the assessment of Offshore Safety Cases, the development of industry guidance and the training of UK, HSE Inspectors.

Ralph has 3 daughters and 7 Grandchildren and enjoys motorcycling, driving, photography, travel and playing guitar badly.

Richard Nugee CB, CVO, CBE
Advisory Board Chair- Leadership & Strategy

Lieutenant General Richard Nugee is a retired senior British Army officer holding several senior roles including Defence Services Secretary and Chief of Defence People, before ending his career leading a review into climate change policy in the Ministry of Defence between March 2020 and May 2021. Richard will be supporting the company in areas of Global Execution Strategy and Climate Policy.

Russell Hoare
MD North Yorkshire Projects

Russell has 25+ years’ senior management experience across the energy, media and hospitality sectors in the UK and emerging markets. A qualified chartered accountant and MD of Third Energy for 4 years prior to the acquisition of the assets by CeraPhi in 2024.

Sital Joshi
Ventures NED

20 years of experience working in Infrastructure and Renewable Energy project finance ranging from £5m to £6bn in transaction size in a variety of sectors including Rail, Education, Central Government as well as Energy Infrastructure. Education: B.Sc. (Hons) from Heriot-Watt University, Dip Acc. A.F. and MBIFM.

Zach Chilvers
Senior Process Engineer

Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering & professionally registered with Institute of Mechanical Engineers. 8 Years experience in Process Engineering, leading Process Improvement projects and optimising manufacturing processes.

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