Teknova is a technical/industrial research institute with offices both in Kristiansand and Grimstad.
Anne Gerd majored in Environmental Physics at the Norwegian University of Life Science (UMB), and holds a PhD degree in Applied Physics from the University of Sydney. The topic of her Master thesis was flat-plate solar collectors for domestic hot water and floor heating systems, in collaboration with the Energy Physics group at the University of Oslo. The topic of her PhD degree was concentrating solar energy systems with focus on the design and optimization of optical filters. After graduation, Anne Gerd worked as a Post Doc at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Newcastle, Australia. Here she participated in the commissioning and testing of a solar tower system consisting of over a hundred focusing mirrors and a solar-powered gas reactor. She worked for a while as a Research Scientist at CSIRO, before returning to Norway and starting her job at Teknova. Anne Gerd is the team leader of the renewable energy group at Teknova. She has theoretical and practical experience in applied physics, environmental physics, renewable energy, solar energy, optical modeling, system optimization and scientific visualization. She has knowledge about high- and low-temperature solar energy systems, computer modeling and technology related to different kinds of solar energy utilization, i.e. photovoltaic, thermodynamic and chemical processes, spectrophotometric measurements and solar radiation measurements, testing of optical filters and mirrors, as well as characterization and operation of solar power plants (trough, dish and tower technology). Anne Gerd has worked at Teknova since January 2009.