Michael Eldred

Michael Eldred

Program Director
Makai Ocean Engineering
Mr. Michael Eldred is the Director of the Ocean Energy Research Center, a facility operated by Makai Ocean Engineering on the Big Island of Hawaii dedicated to testing ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) systems. He was responsible for the overall design of the Ocean Energy Research Center, including the structural layout, seawater and ammonia piping design, hydraulic modeling, defining the system operating limits, developing the control system software and integrating all of the instrumentation and data acquisition hardware. Mr. Eldred also leads the heat exchanger testing effort. Also as part of the Center’s OTEC efforts, Mr. Eldred developed and presently manages an aluminum corrosion test lab at NELHA to support ongoing OTEC heat exchanger research. Mr. Eldred has been with Makai for 5 years. Previously, he developed the mechanical system for the laser guide star adaptive optics instrument at the Subaru Telescope located at the summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii. Mr. Eldred holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.