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C. Martin Nowland, PE, CEM

Marty is a Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager who has over 30 years of diverse experience in engineering design, process control, electrical design, and energy management systems. During the first half of his career he focused on computers, communication systems, and electrical and controls systems design and implementation in the water and wastewater industry. The second half of his career he engaged in gas industry projects and small (500KW-100MW), high-efficiency power plants. He is passionate about projects in these areas and that utilize hydrogen for clean energy.

Education and Professional Memberships

  • Associates Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT)

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

  • Registered Professional Engineer in New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

    • PE License NH 13331

    • PE License CT PEN.0029041

    • PE License NJ 24GE04987200

  • AEE Certified Energy Manager (CEM) 53793

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Member 40206939

  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Member, including the New Hampshire Chapter of NSPE

  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Member

  • Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Mmember

  • Renewable Hydrogen Association (RHA) Member

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Member

 

Professional Experience

 

After 2000, Marty worked for CHI Engineering Services, Inc. and focused on designing, procuring, constructing, and commissioning industrial processes and plants for the gas industry. New and retrofit projects involved skid, trailer, and whole facility designs. As he moved from staff engineer to senior electrical engineer, he became an expert in electrically hazardous areas design and code evaluations/opinions. Standard design tasks included electrical power, lighting, process control, gas detection and alarm systems, fire alarm and suppression systems, instrumentation single loop controls, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and operator interfaces. He has significant experience in LNG plants, LPG plants, propane-air plants, gas meter and regulator stations, LNG vaporizers, truck loading stations, liquefaction, marine ship loading facilities, compressors, generator sets, and various types of process heaters. Clients included National Grid, Yankee Gas, Connecticut Natural Gas, Duke Energy, Puget Sound Energy, Iroquois Gas Transmission, Spectra Energy, South Jersey Gas, PECO Energy.

In 2009, , Marty became a registered professional engineer, soon after joining Waldron Engineering and Construction, Inc., designing and constructing small (<100MW) high-efficiency combined heat and power plants (CHP). Plant design on some projects included refrigeration. Control systems from simple PLC-based up to full Distributed Control Systems (DCS) were specified, submittals reviewed, factory and acceptance tested. Electrical distribution and generation involved low and medium voltage. Project work included feasibility studies, code evaluations, calculations, specifications, drawings. Marty was the Controls Department Manager for four years and was a senior electrical engineer for two years. Marty worked on many projects for clients including:

  • Harvard University - Blackstone Steam and Power Plant (Cambridge, MA)

  • Yale University (New Haven, CT)

  • Columbia University (NYC, NY)

  • University of Massachusetts - UMass Medical Center (Worcester, MA trigeneration systems)

  • Gillette Manufacturing (now Proctor & Gamble) (Boston, MA cogeneration systems)

  • Conoco Phillips - Gaines Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) Demonstration Project

  • Twin Rivers Technologies (Quincy, MA cogeneration systems)

  • Montclair State University (cogeneration power plant)

  • Vineland Municipal Electric Utility, Howard M. Down Generating Station (Vineland, NJ simple cycle plant)

  • Genor Power Plant Upgrade (Genor, Guatemala) - organic Rankine cycle

  • Neptune Wave Energy (Buoy) Prototype Design, LLC  (Dallas, TX)

  • Alstom Power Combustion Research Facility Relocation (Windsor, CT)

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The Scientific Method

Nowland Services follows the scientific method as an approach to creative design and problem resolution to generate innovative solutions whenever possible.

The scientific method is a phrase Elon Musk uses often when asked how he came up with an idea, solved a problem or chose to start a business.

 

Here’s how he defines it for his purposes, in mostly his own words:

  1. Ask a question.

  2. Gather as much evidence as possible about it.

  3. Develop axioms based on the evidence, and try to assign a probability of truth to each one.

  4. Draw a conclusion based on cogency in order to determine: Are these axioms correct, are they relevant, do they necessarily lead to this conclusion, and with what probability?

  5. Attempt to disprove the conclusion. Seek refutation from others to further help break your conclusion.

  6. If nobody can invalidate your conclusion, then you’re probably right, but you’re not certainly right.

“That’s the scientific method,” Musk concludes. “It’s really helpful for figuring out the tricky things.”