Ms. Brunes has 10 years of experience working with design, construction and management of hydro power plants with in low and high head hydropower plants. She obtained her masters degree in mechanical engineering at the Norwegian University of Technology and Science.
Since 2013, Brunes has been the electro mechanical team leader, contract manager and now acting Project Director in the Joint Venture for the Owners Engineer for the Rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant in Liberia. As a continuation, she has developed and managed a study for full integration of 35 MW (43.5 MWp) photovoltaic solar plant with the hydro power plant at Mt. Coffee. This will introduce a significant solar energy component on a small grid, which can be challenging to introduce in terms of grid stability. The study presented methods and solutions for how to integrate the two plants and how to introduce an overarching control system to optimize both operation and regulation to ensure grid stability.