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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

  • Techno-economic evaluation and supply chain
  • Exploration and production
  • Drilling and well testing
  • Reservoir modelling and development
  • Geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS)

Primary research interests

  • Techno-economic analysis of geothermal energy projects
  • Supply chain/value chain analysis for geothermal and solar thermal power plants
  • Geothermal resource assessment (exploration & production)
  • Desalination of brackish water using geothermal energy
  • Hybrid geothermal-solar thermal power plants
  • New technologies for Drilling and Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)

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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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Taylor Curtis

Legal and Regulatory Analyst II

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental laws, policy, and regulation
  • Energy and transmission laws, policy, and regulation
  • Distributed energy resource regulation
  • Legal and regulatory impacts on renewable energy development

Primary research interests

  • Distributed energy resource and transmission development and reliability
  • Climate change policy and regulation

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Annika Eberle

Energy Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Estimating air pollutant emissions generated during biofuel feedstock production
  • Developing computational models of biological systems
  • Performing sustainability audits of university campuses

Primary research interests

  • Sustainability analysis
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Bio-inspired materials and design

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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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Rebecca Hanes

Chemical Engineering Analyst for Renewable Energy Technologies

Areas of expertise

  • Mathematical and theoretical aspects of life cycle inventories
  • Economic and environmentally extended input-output analysis
  • Sustainable design and optimization of industrial processes and their life cycles

Primary research interests

  • Undustrial supply chain analysis with the Materials Flows through Industry (MFI) model
  • Integrating engineering, life cycle and economic models for sustainable design and optimization of processes, supply chains and life cycles
  • Interactions between macro-scale economic policies and meso-scale engineering decisions

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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

Multidisciplinary Energy Engineer

Areas of expertise

  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Mechanical design
  • 3D modeling and finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Wave energy conversion
  • Geothermal power cycles

Primary research interests

  • Cost Reduction Pathways of RE systems
  • Integration of RE systems with clean water production

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Parthiv Kurup

Areas of expertise

  • Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) as a large scale power generation technology
  • Worked on and developed CSP projects for the Indian power market
  • Market knowledge of global CSP markets such as South Africa and Spain

Primary research interests

  • I have started here looking at the costs and modelling of CSP projects, particularly with the focus on currently available technologies
  • My focus is understanding the technology and the market costs
  • CSP in the US markets and outside such as India
  • CSP technology advancements and focusing on costing and commercialization of the R&D efforts

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Eric Lantz

Manager, Technology Systems and Utility Analysis

Areas of expertise

  • Economic development impacts analysis
  • State and federal policy analysis

Primary research interests

  • Policy applications for expanding renewable energy markets
  • Evaluating economic and fiscal impacts of macro-level energy decisions
  • Social acceptance of renewable energy infrastructure

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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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Ahmad Mayyas

Clean Energy Manufacturing and Cost Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Life cycle assessment of renewable and sustainable energy systems
  • Design for sustainability/environment for automobiles
  • Sustainable manufacturing and energy analysis
  • Advanced engineering materials (plastic and metal composites)

Primary research interests

  • Life cycle assessment of renewable and sustainable energy systems
  • Techno-economic analysis of sustainable energy systems (e.g. fuel cells)
  • Global hydrogen and fuel cell manufacturing competitiveness analysis

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Kevin McCabe

Engineer II

Areas of expertise

  • Geothermal direct use (thermal applications)
  • Reservoir modeling/simulation, well testing
  • Data analysis and visualization

Primary research interests

  • Geothermal resource assessment
  • New technologies for geothermal industry (EGS, DU, etc.)
  • Barrier identification and mitigation for geothermal industry

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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 - Impacts & Barriers Characterization Supervisor

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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Scott Nicholson

Industrial Energy Analyst/Engineer

Areas of expertise

  • Life cycle assessment/inventory
  • Supply chain modeling

Primary research interests

  • Industrial supply chain analysis
  • Life-cycle analysis of next-generation materials
  • Developing the Materials Flows through Industry (MFI) tool

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Samantha Bench Reese

Technologies Analyst and Engineer

Areas of expertise

  • System engineering and fundamentals
  • Manufacturing cost models and cost reduction roadmaps

Primary research interests

  • Wide-bandgap Semiconductors
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Supply chain analysis

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Timothy Remo

Solar PV Technologies Analyst and Engineer

Areas of expertise

  • Photovoltaic and Semiconductor Manufacturing Cost analysis
  • Process development and process optimization
  • Design of Experiments and data analysis

Primary research interests

  • PV growth as cost competitive energy alternative
  • Economics of changing energy costs and global demand
  • Challenges associated with infrastructure improvements for smarter grid technology
  • Alternative fuel sources for transportation

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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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Anna Wall

Energy Technologies Analyst

Areas of expertise

  • Geochemistry (aqueous and hard rock), with applications to geothermal resource characterization and mineral carbon sequestration
  • Ratings methodologies and energy resource reporting standards
  • Sustainable equity finance: integration of non-financial factors (geopolitical, corporate governance, and environmental) into investment metrics and strategies
  • Non-technical drivers of manufacturing competitiveness (macroeconomics, supply chains, resource scarcity, and trade)

Primary research interests

  • Geothermal exploration risk mitigation
  • Commercialization potential of mineral extraction from thermal fluids
  • Strategy of energy technology development and cross-technology transfer
  • Financing structures of energy projects and investment due diligence
  • Supply chain and market analyses of materials used in clean energy technology manufacturing

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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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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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Katherine Young

Geothermal Energy Engineer

Areas of expertise

  • Geothermal exploration analysis
  • Regulatory and permitting
  • Resource reporting
  • Geothermal direct use (thermal applications)
  • Water rights and resources engineering
  • Database planning and development

Primary research interests

  • Collection of data and use of conceptual models to further understanding of exploration best practices
  • Use of lean principles to streamline exploration and drilling and reduce error/risk.
  • Research, development and use of standard reporting metrics
  • Resource potential and technical assistance for distributed geothermal applications

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Yimin Zhang

Research Analyst

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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