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Chad Augustine

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Chad Augustine is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Geothermal Energy Engineer/Analyst
On staff since March 2009
Phone number: 303-384-7382

Areas of expertise

  • Techno-economic modeling of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)
  • Geothermal resource assessment
  • High pressure, high temperature reaction systems

Primary research interests

  • EGS demonstration and deployment
  • Advanced drilling systems research
  • Thermodynamics and process modeling of binary power plant systems

Education and background training

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • M.S. in chemical engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • B.S. in chemical engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Other affiliations

  • Member of Geothermal Resources Council

Selected publications

Johnson, C.; Augustine, C.; Goldberg, M. (2012). Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model Geothermal User Reference Guide. 33 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-55781.

Augustine, C.; Bain, R.; Chapman, J.; Denholm, P.; Drury, E.; Hall, D.G.; Lantz, E.; Margolis, R.; Thresher, R.; Sandor, D.; Bishop, N.A.; Brown, S.R.; Cada, G.F.; Felker, F. (2012). Renewable Electricity Futures Study. Volume 2: Renewable Electricity Generation and Storage Technologies. (Volume 2 of 4). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory 370 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A20-52409-2.

Augustine, C. (2011). Updated U.S. Geothermal Supply Characterization and Representation for Market Penetration Model Input. 103 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A2-47459.

Augustine, C. (2009). "Hydrothermal Flame Spallation Drilling and Advanced Energy Conversion Technologies for Engineered Geothermal Systems." Doctoral Thesis, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Augustine, C. and J.W. Tester. (2009). "Hydrothermal Flames: From Phenomenological Experimental Demonstrations to Quantitative Understanding." Journal of Supercritical Fluids, Volume 47, Issue 3, p. 415-430.

Augustine, C., J. Potter, R. Potter, and J.W. Tester, 2007. "Feasibility of Spallation Drilling in a High Pressure, High-Density, Aqueous Environment: Characterization of Heat Transfer from an H2-O2 Flame Jet." Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, Volume 31, p. 241-245.

Full list of Chad Augustine publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Running, traveling, grilling, music, home improvement