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Ralf Bucher

Project Manager, Lahmeyer International

Ralf Bucher has worked with Lahmeyer International (a company of Tractebel/ENGIE) since 2011 as a project manager and power infrastructure expert. He has 20 years of professional experience in large hydro and high-voltage transmission systems, covering all phases, from initial studies to supervision of commissioning. Previously, he was employed as a digital turbine governor expert with Voith Siemens Hydro. Over the course of his career, he worked in 20 countries outside Europe, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, El Salvador, India, Iran, Kenya, Congo, Malawi, Pakistan, Saudi-Arabia, Sudan and Uganda. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

As chief commissioning engineer, he was responsible for the initial start-up of the 1,250 MW Merowe scheme and the gradual energisation of the new-build 500 kV backbone powergrid of Sudan. At present, he consults on the systematic grid-integration of the 2,000 MW Laúca hydro scheme into the Angolan national grid.

He graduated in electrical power engineering and holds an MSc in environmental engineering. His present academic research focus is on de-risking power generation by marine energy technologies. He is a certified reviewer for the Elsevier journals on Renewable Energy, Ocean & Coastal Management, and Marine Energy.

Ralf's strategic interest is on innovative concepts preparing for smart and as such 100 per cent renewable-based electricity infrastructure. As a project manager, he leads company-internal innovation projects, such as grid-scale battery energy storage systems and digital substation 2.0 technology required for automated grid control.

He is permanent member of the DIN committee on hydraulic turbines of the German engineering federation VDMA (mirror committee to IEC-TC4) and of the international steering team of the HYDRO conference series. He has published 5 peer-review scientific articles and held more than 20 presentations at international conferences (e.g. HydroVision, World Future Energy Summit, Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, and Power-Gen Africa).