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Koenraad Beckers

Researcher III-Chemical Engineering | 303-275-3158

Koenraad joined the Thermal Sciences R&D Group at NREL in 2016 working on geothermal energy and solar thermal projects. Current projects include hydrogen mitigation modeling for CSP parabolic trough plants, techno-economic analysis of geothermal systems, and modeling of geothermal reservoir fluid circulation and stimulation. Prior to joining NREL, Koenraad worked in graduate school on low-temperature geothermal energy systems modeling, reservoir simulation, and economic analysis, as well as on the design and construction of a lab-scale gasification reactor. Other experience includes training and internships at the National Geothermal Academy, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

Research Interests

Techno-economic analysis, low-temperature applications and reservoir modeling for geothermal energy

Hydrogen mitigation for CSP parabolic trough plants

Heat and mass transfer, and energy conversion and storage systems


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University

M.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Cornell University

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Leuven, Belgium

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Leuven, Belgium

Featured Publications

Beckers KF, Aguirre GA, and Tester JW, "Hybrid Ground-Source Heat Pump System providing Cooling for Cellular Tower Shelter in Ithaca, NY - Numerical Simulations and Experimental Validation." Energy and Buildings 177 (2018) 341-350

Beckers KF and Glatzmaier GC, "Addressing Solar Power Plant Heat Transfer Fluid Degradation: Experimental Measurements of Hydrogen Transport Properties in Binary Eutectic Biphenyl/Diphenyl Ether." Solar Energy (2018): 173, 304-312.

Beckers KF, Koch DL and Tester JW, "Slender-Body Theory for Transient Heat Conduction: Theoretical Basis, Numerical Implementation and Case-Studies." Proc. R. Soc. A 471 (2015): 20150494.

Beckers KF, Lukawski MZ, Anderson BJ, Moore MC and Tester JW, "Levelized Costs of Electricity and Direct-Use Heat from Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS)." Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy 6.1 (2014): 013141.

Reber TJ, Beckers KF, and Tester JW "The Transformative Potential of Geothermal Heating in the U.S. Energy Market: A Regional Study of New York and Pennsylvania." Energy Policy 70 (2014): 30-44.

Lukawski MZ, Anderson BJ, Augustine C, Capuano LE, Beckers KF, Livesay B, and Tester JW, "Cost Analysis of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Well Drilling." Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 118 (2014): 1-14.

Fox DB, Sutter D, Beckers KF, Lukawski MZ, Koch DL, and Tester JW, "Sustainable heat farming: Modeling extraction and recovery in discretely fractured geothermal reservoirs." Geothermics 46 (2013): 42-54.