Accelerating breakthroughs in the transition to clean energy
Nima Simon loves to problem solve. With a degree in chemical engineering, she’s brought this essential skill to deliver groundbreaking work in several sectors—from academia and laboratory to transportation and power, with stints at a utility and General Electric as a gas turbine engineer.
Now as our grid fuels and power supervisor, she works with clients to decarbonize the power sector. Helping tackle our worldwide climate change challenge one project at a time by bringing new and innovative solutions to energy production and storage.
Nima shares, “There are many challenges when trying to move away from traditional methods of power generation, but I enjoy the continuous opportunity to learn about new technology and project development.”
Analyzing alternative fuel sources
Nima’s experience with data analytics and managing new product introduction projects makes her a valuable partner to our energy clients. Like her work with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to analyze clean power, hydrogen, and long-duration storage markets to secure financing for its Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) project—the world's largest clean hydrogen storage facility.
The DOE ACES project is essentially replacing a coal plant in Utah with a facility paired with gas turbines where the hydrogen is produced. Hydrogen will be blended incrementally into the turbines to provide power to the grid. Nima adds, “Eventually, more projects like this will displace fossil fuel options like coal and fossil natural gas facilities.”
For this groundbreaking work and her commitment to clean energy, Nima was named a 2023 Consulting Rising Star for Excellence in Energy Strategy Consulting.
Nima embraces ICF’s value to challenge assumptions. She enjoys working with unfamiliar technology and learning about the project development and business side of the industry.
She also appreciates our emphasis on inclusivity, sharing, “As a woman of color working in the engineering field, it’s refreshing to see inclusivity is an integral part of our culture at ICF.”
And inclusivity is central to one of Nima’s long-term dreams: to one day see impoverished regions with the basic infrastructure in place to access reliable, renewable power.