Carlos Manrique – Principal Engineer
Carlos joined us in 2016 and has been a key pillar of our technical expertise ever since. With a master’s degree and 10 years’ experience in electrical transmission and distribution systems from Colombia, Carlos brought a wealth of knowledge to the business.
Carlos has worked on many of our milestone projects such as the Cannington solar farm and has been instrumental in the development of the e-Cube. As Principle Engineer, Carlos is responsible for expanding and cultivating CTP’s technical expertise to meet the challenges faced by Australia’s renewable energy market.
We asked Carlos a few questions about his career, including what lead him to renewable energy with CTP. His answers showed both his passion for the environment, and his penchant for playing the joker.
1. What led you to pursue a career in renewable energy?
“Humanity has had a major negative impact on the planet’s climate and its ecosystems, bringing flora and fauna that we might not even be aware of to extinction. I know that my career in the past contributed to this and now I am trying to purge my sins (so to speak)”
2. What are some of the best things about working at CTP?
“The people working at CTP are very aware of the impacts of their decisions on the environment, there is a great culture of support amongst peers and from management”
3. What is a recent achievement that you are proud of? or what is a challenge you have recently overcome?
“Improving processes and extending the knowledge of the team to a point where we don’t have one critical engineer but we have at least 2 or 3 engineers that are capable of work in any task, this makes our offering and delivery times to clients much more flexible. This has been reflected in being able to complete dynamic modelling for 6 different plants in ~3 months”
4. Where do you see Australia’s renewable energy industry in 5 years?
“In 5 years, with the completion of network upgrades like Hume Link and Project Energy Connect I predict another boom in solar plants with battery storage and an emergence of hydrogen plants. Hopefully, this will push dirty generation technology out of the picture faster than anyone expected, assuming we get the right politicians!”