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Katie Biegel

PhD Candidate, Graduate Researcher at Argonne National Laboratory

Building 208
9700 S. Cass Ave
Lemont, IL 60439

Current and Recent Projects

  • I’m using and developing new features for the Argonne Low-Carbon Energy Framework (A-LEAF) software tool. A-LEAF is an optimization-based tool which finds global least-cost solutions to unit commitment, economic dispatch, and capacity expansion.
  • Developing agent-based modeling capabilities for A-LEAF, in order to realistically simulate the capital investment choices of agents operating with limited local information and acting to maximize local benefits, using real-options valuation and portfolio optimization. Capabilities will help to characterize the economic and technical performance parameters required for advanced reactors to be viable commercial products.
  • Assessing economic impact of increased electric vehicle deployments and varied charging patterns on the economic viability of nuclear power
  • Modeling economic impact of minute- and hour-scale load-following capabilities for nuclear reactors in an ERCOT-like electricity market system

Education and Prior Work

  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, PhD candidate in Nuclear Engineering & Engineering Physics (2017-current)
  • Manager, PowerAdvocate Client Services (energy consulting group) (2015-2017)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS in Nuclear Science and Engineering (2015)

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