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Techno Economic Analysis Group

Group Manager: Eric Lantz
Administrative Support: Karla LeComte

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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

Research Interests

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

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Ran Fu

Senior Analyst

Areas of Expertise

  • Techno-economic analysis for supporting R&D decision making
  • Solar PV, energy storage, and finance

Research Interests

  • Renewable energy capital cost modeling
  • Project-level and corporate-level finance
  • Portfolio management

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Kelsey Horowitz

Research Engineer: Clean Energy Technologies

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

Research Interests

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

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Scott Jenne

Multidisciplinary Energy Engineer

Areas of Expertise

  • Techno-Economic Analysis
  • Mechanical design
  • 3D modeling/CAD
  • Finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Wave energy conversion
  • Thermal power cycle analysis

Research Interests

  • Cost reduction pathways for MHK systems
  • Direct Desalination using MHK technologies
  • Wave Energy Power-Take-Off design
  • Non-Electric Market opportunities for MHK
  • Additive manufacturing and Design for Additive Manufacturing

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Parthiv Kurup

Areas of Expertise

  • Understanding and determining costs of commercial to utility scale power generation technology e.g. Power Tower, Parabolic Trough and Linear Fresnel
  • Use and integration of CSP for Solar Industrial Process Heat (SIPH) for industrial and desalination applications
  • Development of new potential markets for CSP and market analysis, and connecting markets to industrial players. Utilization of the System Advisor Model (SAM) for heat generation of CSP plants
  • Market knowledge of global CSP markets e.g. South Africa, India and Spain
  • Understanding the emerging trends in Additive Manufacturing (AM) e.g. metal and polymer technologies
  • Application and potential costs of AM for renewable energy technologies e.g. Wind blade molds
  • Bottoms-up Costing: (e.g. using Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, DFMA). DFMA can for example determine the specific manufacturing costs and processes needed to manufacture and assemble parts and components
  • Hydropower: Supply chain and trade-flow analysis

Research Interests

  • Look at current and future costs of technologies (e.g. manufacturing at scale, learning rates, Top-Down analysis, etc.), market and supply chain analysis, and systems analysis (e.g. with SAM) for energy and heat generation
  • Focus on CSP, and projects in Wind, Geothermal and Hydropower
  • Business Development e.g. customer interaction, solution of key Customer problems, scope development of projects and helping the commercialization of research

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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)

Research Interests

  • Life cycle assessment of renewable and sustainable energy systems
  • Techno-economic analysis of sustainable energy systems (e.g. fuel cells and Li-ion Batteries)

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Samantha Bench Reese

Senior Analyst and Engineer

Areas of Expertise

  • System Engineering and Fundamentals
  • Techno-economic Analysis including manufacturing cost models and cost reduction roadmaps
  • Supply Chain Analysis

Research Interests

  • Clean Energy Technologies
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Wide-bandgap Semiconductors
  • Solid State Lighting

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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

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

Energy Analyst/Engineer

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Interests

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

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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)

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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