Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown

Researcher III-Economic/Financial Analysis

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Patrick Brown is a member of the Transmission Group in the Grid Planning and Analysis Center. His research focuses on improving the representation of renewable energy, transmission, and energy storage in long-term power system planning models to support rapid decarbonization. Patrick contributes to the development of the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) capacity-expansion model and has experience in geospatial analysis, linear programming, and data visualization.

Research Interests

Contribution of variable renewables, energy storage, and transmission to electricity system resource adequacy

Transmission expansion planning

Fossil-fuel-free energy systems


Ph.D., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S., Physics and Chemistry, University of Notre Dame

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT Energy Initiative (2016–2020)

Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Intern, NREL (2009)

Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Intern, NREL (2008)

Featured Work

Representing DC-Coupled PV+Battery Hybrids in a Capacity Expansion Model, NREL Technical Report (2021)

Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) Model Documentation: Version 2020, NREL Technical Report (2021)

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