Spotlight Interview: Robert Burke

Robert BurkeRobert Burke is the Application Manager at Wood Group GTS and has been working in power generation for 22 years. Robert’s experience ranges from overseeing turbine manufacturing, installation quality and hands on gas turbine installation performance. He has spent 13 years working with General Electric and six years working with Gas Turbine Efficiency.

1. What do you most enjoy about presenting to a live audience and why?

I enjoy having the opportunity to share best practices or proven technologies that have benefited others globally and can provide value for all people in our industry from students to C-level management.

2. What is one of the most informative facts in your upcoming webinar?

One informative fact is the gas turbine benefits for end users. These benefits include a 1-4% performance recovery, 0.5 -1% heat rate and 2% availability improvements. The addition or combination of Power Augmentation technologies have also shown to provide power improvements up to 15% and heat rate improvements up to 2.5% when in use.

3. What is the ideal outcome you would like to see by doing this webinar?

I’d like for people to better understand that innovative gas turbine technologies are available to them that can increase the performance of their assets.

4. What has been your best holiday and where would you recommend visiting?

During the Holidays I prefer staying relatively close to home. I recently spent 12 days in Wyoming with my wife where we covered Yellowstone & Teton National Parks. Here you can be in touch with the outdoors, including horseback riding, nature watching and fishing. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Also, being an avid scuba diver I highly recommend visiting Phuket, Thailand. It is exotic and beautiful, but it is quite a distance to get to, living in the US.

5. What do you most enjoy about your position and where do you see yourself in 5-10 years in your career/what would you like to achieve in your career?

I enjoy developing and deploying new product technologies whilst in parallel, supporting a sales function in presenting these technologies to customers and the industry. I am interested to see where the Power Generation industry is heading from a technology perspective and what will be the next big change and how that change will it transform the industry or product evolution.


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