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Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis

The following includes summary bios of staff expertise and interests in analysis related to infrastructure and systems; sustainability assessment; technoeconomic assessment; and water requirements.

Team Lead: Margaret Mann
Administrative Support: Catherine Burke

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Sertac Akar

Geothermal Energy Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Geothermal exploration and production
  • Geothermal well testing and reservoir development
  • Geographical information systems and remote sensing
  • Energy resource economics and forecasting

Primary research interests

  • Developing best practices in geothermal exploration
  • Value of information analysis for geothermal exploration methods
  • New geothermal technologies (e.g. EGS, hybrid power plants)

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Chad Augustine

Geothermal Energy Engineer/Analyst

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

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Alberta Carpenter

Life Cycle Assessment Engineer/Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Life cycle assessment in industrial by-product management, waste management, biofuels and manufacturing technologies
  • Life cycle inventory database management

Primary research interests

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Life cycle inventory management
  • Biofuels
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Supply chain analysis

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Karlynn Cory

Manager, Technology Systems and Utility Analysis

Areas of expertise

  • Techno-economic analysis of solar PV, wind, and geothermal technologies
  • Renewable energy project finance of commercially available technologies (e.g., 3rd party PPAs and leases, sales leaseback, flip structures, etc.)
  • Renewable policy and market innovations (e.g., Net Energy Metering, Value of Solar, Feed-in Tariffs, etc.)

Primary research interests

  • Electric utility decision-making and modeling of clean energy
  • Utility distributed solar business models
  • Policy and market innovations to support RE project finance
  • Renewable electricity policy best practices

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Ran Fu

Energy Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Manufacturing economics and technology strategic roadmap
  • Techno-economic analysis for supporting R&D decision making
  • Value chain analysis and market forecasting

Primary research interests

  • Cost modeling for manufacturing and installation process
  • Utility-scale, commercial, and residential solar project costs and finance
  • Behavior of supply, demand, and prices in materials markets
  • Commercialization and business venture development
  • Value proposition for the emerging technologies

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Maureen Hand

Senior Engineer

Areas of expertise

  • Active control systems for utility-scale wind turbines
  • Advanced control systems
  • Numerical modeling and control system design
  • Assessing future wind technology cost and performance estimates
  • Survey methods for estimating the value of wind energy

Primary research interests

  • Developing transparent cost model for wind energy
  • Electric system modeling scenarios
  • Wind technology development risk analysis
  • Wind turbine cost and scaling model development

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Garvin Heath

Senior Scientist

Areas of expertise

  • Air quality modeling
  • Exposure assessment

Primary research interests

  • Health and environmental impacts of energy technologies
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Sustainability

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Kelsey Horowitz

Solar Manufacturing Costs and Competitiveness Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Techno-economic analysis of solar technologies
  • Solar PV engineering and fundamentals
  • Manufacturing cost models and cost reduction roadmaps
  • International issues in renewable energy

Primary research interests

  • Solar PV manufacturing costs
  • Solar tech-to-market challenges

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Daniel Inman

Research Scientist

Areas of expertise

  • Life-cycle modeling of renewable fuels
  • Feedstock production and handling
  • Biofuel sustainability
  • Statistical analysis of temporal and spatial datasets
  • System dynamics

Primary research interests

  • Sustainability analysis
  • Biomass Scenario Model

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Scott Jenne

Geothermal Energy Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Thermal power systems and mechanical design
  • Geothermal resources

Primary research interests

  • Cogeneration

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Aaron Levine

Legal and Regulatory Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental laws and regulations
  • Energy facility siting and transmission laws and regulations
  • Natural resource leasing and acquisition
  • Legal impacts on renewable energy development
  • Legal and policy research

Primary research interests

  • Renewable energy and transmission project development

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Ben Maples

Engineer

Areas of expertise

  • Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) analysis
  • Wind turbine and plant component costs
  • Assessing wind turbine performance

Primary research interests

  • Developing transparent cost models for wind energy
  • Assessing wind technology impacts on LCOE

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Anelia Milbrandt

Senior Energy Resources Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Biomass resource assessment
  • Geospatial modeling and analysis
  • Integrated resource, infrastructure, and market analysis

Primary research interests

  • Sustainable biomass resource development
  • Global natural resources and population dynamics
  • Renewable energy programs in developing countries

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Emily K. Newes

Energy Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Investigating the relationship between fossil and renewable resources by development of the Stochastic Energy Deployment System (SEDS)
  • Analyzing variation in renewable energy deployment with potential policy implementation
  • Utilizing system dynamics modeling to explore energy system behaviors

Primary research interests

  • Strategies for increasing the share of non-traditional fuels in the marketplace
  • Environmental implications of using renewable versus conventional generation

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Tyler Stehly

Engineering Wind Technology Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Energy economic models
  • Wind energy systems
  • Cost of energy analysis
  • Project cost estimation
  • Technical report writing

Primary research interests

  • Wind technologies
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Mechanisms and materials
  • Manufacturing and supply chain

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Ethan Warner

Sustainability Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Life cycle assessment
  • System dynamics modeling
  • Energy policy
  • Policy analysis
  • Risk analysis

Primary research interests

  • System dynamics modeling of renewable technologies and energy systems
  • Technological, social, economic, and environmental impacts of energy policy
  • Sustainability and life cycle assessment

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Kermit Witherbee

Geothermal Energy Geologist/Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Renewable and nonrenewable energy resource assessments
  • Land use planning and NEPA
  • Development and implementation of minerals and energy policy
  • Geothermal leasing and permitting
  • Minerals exploration and development

Primary research interests

  • Policy implications for geothermal resources development
  • Geothermal resource assessments
  • Geothermal exploration and development

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Michael Woodhouse

Solar PV Technologies and Economics Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Fundamental science of photovoltaics (PV) and solar hydrogen technologies
  • Economics of PV - From manufacturing to levelized cost of energy (LCOE)

Primary research interests

  • Manufacturing costs, systems-level installation costs and LCOE estimates for PV technologies
  • Capital costs and LCOE estimates for other power generating technologies, including other renewables and also the traditional sources
  • Serve as Associate Editor for The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, for publications within the topical areas of International Energy Economics and Policy.

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Anna Wall

Research Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Geothermal resource characterization
  • Carbon capture and storage (mineral carbon sequestration)
  • Energy, climate, and water policy analysis
  • Integration of non-financial factors (geopolitical, governance, regulatory, and sustainability data) into investment analyses

Primary research interests

  • Geothermal resource assessments
  • Strategic analyses of geothermal and other alternative technology development
  • Financing of renewable energy technologies and investment due diligence

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Katherine Young

Geothermal Energy Engineer

Areas of expertise

  • Geothermal planning and opportunities
  • Database planning and development

Primary research interests

  • Geothermal and hydroelectric energy opportunities

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Yimin Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Areas of expertise

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis of greenhouse gas emissions reduction

Primary research interests

  • Life cycle assessment for biofuels
  • Sustainability
  • Competing uses of biomass resources

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