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Chad Augustine

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Chad Augustine is a member of the Techno Economic 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

Research Interests

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


  • 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

Featured Publications

Getman, Daniel, Arlene Anderson, and Chad Augustine. "Geothermal Prospector: Supporting Geothermal Analysis Through Spatial Data Visualization and Querying Tools." Paper presented at the Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting, September 2015, Reno, Nevada. NREL/CP-6A20-66435.

Augustine, C. and A. Esposito. "Results of Reservoir Modeling of the Operation and Production of a Recompleted Gas Well in a Geopressured/Geothermal Reservoir in the Wilcox Formation, Texas, for Electricity Generation." SPE Journal 19, no. 6 (December 2014): 1151-1161. NREL/JA-6A20-54409.

Lukawski, M.Z., B.J. Anderson, C. Augustine, L.E. Capuano, Jr., K.F. Beckers, B. Livesay, and J.W. Tester. "Cost Analysis of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Well Drilling." Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 118 (June 2014): 1-14. NREL/JA-6A20-61943. doi:10.1016/j.petrol.2014.03.012

Johnson, C., C. Augustine, and M. Goldberg. 2012. Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model Geothermal User Reference Guide. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-55781.

Augustine, C., R. Bain, J. Chapman, P. Denholm, E. Drury, D.G. Hall, E. Lantz, R. Margolis, R. Thresher, D. Sandor, N.A. Bishop, S.R. Brown, G.F. Cada, and F. Felker. 2012. Renewable Electricity Futures Study. Volume 2: Renewable Electricity Generation and Storage Technologies. (Volume 2 of 4). Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-52409-2.

Augustine, C. 2011. Updated U.S. Geothermal Supply Characterization and Representation for Market Penetration Model Input. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 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. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Augustine, C. and J.W. Tester. "Hydrothermal Flames: From Phenomenological Experimental Demonstrations to Quantitative Understanding." Journal of Supercritical Fluids 47, no. 3 (January 2009): 415-30. doi:10.1016/j.supflu.2008.10.003

Augustine, C., J. Potter, R. Potter, and J.W. Tester. "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 31 (September 2007): 241-45.

Full list of Chad Augustine publications (NREL)