Robert Podgorney, Ph.D.
Geothermal and Fossil Energy Lead
Research Areas: Energy Resource Recovery and Sustainability
Biography: Dr. Robert Podgorney serves as the geothermal and fossil energy lead at the Idaho National Laboratory, leading a diverse team focused on understanding subsurface dynamics and expanding applications of safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible energy development. His research interests in center on energy and water related issues, focusing on investigations of fluid flow, heat transport, and mechanics in fractures and fracture networks and the development of massively parallel simulators for describing these systems. He has a PhD in Geology (multiphase fluid flow, computational fluid dynamics) from the University of Idaho, and serves as the United States Chair for Reservoir Modeling to the International Partnership for Geothermal Technology, a multinational coordination effort focused on advancing geothermal energy.
Ph.D., Hydrogeology - University of Idaho
M.S., Hydrogeology - Wright State University
B.S., Geology - University of Pittsburgh
Podgorney, R., M. White, G. Danko, P. Fu, A. Ghassemi, M. McClure, D. Bahrami, C. Barbier, Q. Cheng, K. Chiu, C. Detourney, D. Elsworth, Y. Fang, J. Furtney, B. Guo, Y. Hao, R. Horne, K. Im, J. Norbeck, J. Rutqvist, E. Sonnenthal, S. White, Y. Wong, and Y. Xia. 2017. Numerical simulators for enhanced geothermal systems: Benchmark problems of mechanical and chemical alteration of permeability (Problems 1 and 5). Computational Geosciences.
McClure, M., A. Ghassemi, P. Fu, D. Bahrami, K. Chiu, G. Danko, D. Elsworth, J. Furtney, Q. Gan, B. Guo, R. Horne, K. Huang, K. Im, J. Norbeck, R. Podgorney, J. Rutqvist, V. Sesetty; Q. Tao, M. White, S. White, Y. Xia. 2017. Numerical simulators for enhanced geothermal systems: Benchmark problems of single fracture deformation (Problems 3, 6 and 7). Computational Geosciences.
Danko, G., S. Kelkar, D. Bahrami, K. Chiu, D. Elsworth, Y. Fang, P. Fu, J.K. Furtney, Q. Gao, A. Ghassemi, B. Guo, K.J. Im, M.W. McClure, R. Podgorney, J. Rutqvist, R. Safari, M.D. White, S. K. White, and Y. Xia. in review. Numerical simulators for enhanced geothermal systems: Benchmark problems of multi-dimensional coupled thermal-hydrologic-mechanical processes (2 and 4). Computational Geosciences.
White, M., D. Bahrami, G. Danko, D. Elsworth, P. Fu, J. Furtney, Q. Gao, A. Ghassemi, R. Horne, S. Kelkar, M. McClure, J. Norbeck, R. Podgorney, J. Rutqvist, E. Sonnenthal, Q. Tao, Y. Wong, and M. R. Safari. in review. Numerical simulators for enhanced geothermal systems: GTO-CCS codes. Computational Geosciences.
Plummer, M., J. Bradford, J. Moore, and R. Podgorney. accepted. Reservoir response to thermal and high-pressure well stimulation efforts at Raft River, Idaho. Geothermics.
Bradford, J., J. Moore, J. McClennan, R. Podgorney, M. Plummer, and G. Nash. accepted. Analysis of the Thermal and Hydraulic Stimulation Program at Raft River, Idaho. Geothermics.
Xia, Y., M. Plummer, E. Mattson, R. Podgorney, and A. Ghassemi. 2016. Design, Modeling, and Evaluation of a Doublet Heat Extraction Model in Enhanced Geothermal Systems. Renewable Energy.
Adhikary, D., C. Jayasundara, R.K. Podgorney, and A. Wilkins. 2016. A robust return‐map algorithm for general multisurface plasticity. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering.
Xia, Y., R.K. Podgorney, and H. Huang. 2015. Assessment of a Hybrid Continuous/Discontinuous Galerkin Finite Element Code for Geothermal Reservoir Simulations. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (2015): 1-14.
Regenauer-Lieb K., A. Bunger, H. Tong Chua, A. Dyskin, F. Fusseis, O. Gaede, R. Jeffrey, A. Karrech, T. Kohl, J. Liu, V. Lyakhovsky, E. Pasternak, R. Podgorney, T. Poulet, S. Rahman, C. Schrank, M. Trefry, M. Veveakis, B. Wu, D.A. Yuen, F. Wellmann, and X. Zhang. 2015.
Deep Geothermal: The ‘Moon Landing” Mission in the Unconventional Energy and Minerals Space. Journal of Earth Science, 26(1), pp. 2-10.
Pollyea, R.M., J.P. Fairley, R.K. Podgorney, and T. L. McLing. 2014. Physical Constraints on Geologic CO2 Sequestration in Low-volume Basalt Formations. Geological Society of America Bulletin. March 2015.
Fairley, J., McLing, and R.K. Podgorney, 2013. Sub-Seafloor Carbon Dioxide Storage Potential on the Juan de Fuca Plate, Western North America. Energy Proceedia, 37, pp. 5248 – 5257 .
Pollyea, R. M., J.P. Fairley, R.K. Podgorney, and T.M. McLing. 2013. A field sampling strategy for semivariogram inference of fractures in rock outcrops. Stoch. Environ. Res. Risk Assess., DOI 10.1007/s00477-013-0710-5
Gaston, D., Guo, L., Hansen, G., Huang, H., Johnson, R., Knoll, D., Newman, C., Park, H.K., Podgorney, R., Tonks, M. and Williamson, R., 2012. Parallel Algorithms and Software for Nuclear, Energy, and Environmental Applications. Part II: Multiphysics Software. Communications in Computational Physics, 12(03), pp.834-865.
Gaston, D., Guo, L., Hansen, G., Huang, H., Johnson, R., Knoll, D., Newman, C., Park, H.K., Podgorney, R., Tonks, M. and Williamson, R., 2012. Parallel algorithms and software for nuclear, energy, and environmental applications. Part I: Multiphysics algorithms. Communications in Computational Physics,12(03), pp.807-833.