John Balfour

John R. Balfour, BS, MEP, Ph.D.


President, CTO and PV Cosmologist
High Performance PV


An Energy Doctor LLC Company (since 1977)








Education


Bachelor of Science    - Political Science (BS)  1977  ASU
Master of Architecture - Environmental Planning (MEP)  - Solar Technology  1982   ASU
Doctor of Philosophy   - Management Principles (PhD)   1993   AWU



Professional Experience
2015 – present,  Co-Founder, Energy Analytic Solutions (EAS)

2010 – present,  Pres. and CTO, High Performance PV, Phoenix, AZ (an Energy Doctor Company)

1998 – 2010,  President, Founder and CTO, PerfectPower Inc., Phoenix AZ

1977 – present,  Industry and Educational Consultant; The Energy Doctor LLC, Phoenix, Arizona



Professional Specialties and Experience
Dr. Balfour brings over 4 decades experience in organizing, training and managing large and small multi-discipline working groups in PV, energy planning, R&D, transportation, technology transfer, industry consensus building, education and development

His work has been with a broad range of technology and process developers, VC companies, financiers and insurance organizations, universities, international laboratories, standards agencies, volunteer mentoring groups

He has been active as a PV technology and System provider, integrator in EPC and O&M

He has over 40 years experience in the technical areas of energy (PV & solar thermal), transportation (maglev, rail, buss and paratransit), advanced tech transfer and applications, product and project research, market and risk relevance, reduction, analysis and solutions


His primary focus is on:

PV product and system Performance, Reliability and Optimization (PRO) analysis, o Preemptive Analytical Maintenance (PAM) and PV System Relationship Mapping o PV System Design & Application Theory (PV SDAT), a PV systems engineering process for PV system delivery development

Implementation of Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) strategies, models and processes for the PV industry

Dramatically improving the availability and quality of PV industry education, training and experience development in the USA and internationally

For decades, Dr. Balfour has worked closely with PV stakeholders including system owners, asset managers, O&M professionals, architectural and engineering professionals, EPCs, PV system integrators, manufacturers, system financiers and insurers, bonding companies, legal firms, VCs, electrical and water utilities among others to advance the art and science of PV and its applications.

The vast majority of his work it is based on thousands of conversations, hundreds of industry meetings, and many dozens of conference and other professional Industry presentations.

He and his colleagues are actively working towards the development and implementation of the industry wide application of to Industry rating systems:


     Module Risk Priority Number (RPN) and

    Plant Rating Systems (PRS) to determine the true condition and asset value of PV electrical energy generating plants

He is a board member of, and worked as a volunteer mentor since 2001 to the Arizona State University Professional Science Major (PSM) (the Graduate PV Commercialization program)

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:


Publications Listed On Google Scholar For John R. Balfour:


2018

Preemptive Analytical Maintenance (PAM), Introducing a More Functional and Reliable PV System Delivery Model


June 2017

Renewable Energy World​
Solar LCOE, a Data Mining and Fact Driven Challenge


June 2017

Renewable Energy World

The Solar PV Industry Cosmos — Linking Cost and Physics


2017

Alectris Solar O&M Insuder

Utility Solar Asset Management, Operations and Maintenance


June 2016

Researchgate

Preemptive Analytic Maintenance (PAM), Best Practices for A Mature PV Industry 


February 2016

Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)

Resource Guide Utility Solar Asset Management & Operations and Maintenance


November 2015

SANDIA Report

A Best Practice for Developing Availability Guarantee Language in Photovoltaic (PV) O&M Agreements


2015

Handbook of Clean Energy Systems

Photovoltaics: Building‐Integrated Photovoltaics


2015

Sandia Report

Precursor Report of Data Needs and Recommended Practices for PV Plant Availability, Operations and Maintenance Reporting


2014

Sandia Report

Solar PV O&M Standards and Best Practices – Existing Gaps and Improvement Efforts


2013

50 Shades of Underperformance, Why You’re Not Getting What You Want, When You Want, From Your PV Array


2011

Jones and Barlett Publishers

Advanced Photovoltaic System Design