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Chad Augustine

Researcher V-Systems Engineering | 303-384-7382

Chad Augustine is a member of the Techno Economic Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

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

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).