National Energy Transitions Team

 



The National Energy Transitions Team (NETT) explores national transition pathways towards net-zero green-house-gas emissions. We analyze country-specific technology and policy options in the context of international climate targets. With our work, we generate scientific knowledge that enables policy makers to facilitate the energy transition.

Key topics are renewable electricity, electrification, sector coupling, hydrogen and synthetic fuels (e-fuels) for the transformation of the transport, buildings and industry sectors. Focus countries and regions are Germany, the European Union, China, India and Australia.

The team has a background in physics, economics, engineering, and political science and conducts research and policy advice in the field of climate change mitigation and energy system transformation with focus on the following topics:

  • renewable energy, electrification, sector coupling, hydrogen and e-fuels
  • wind and solar power system integration and representation in scenario models
  • national and global scenario modeling, e.g., EU and German transition pathways and policy targets
  • sectoral studies: transport, industry and buildings
Core methods are scenario modeling with the REMIND-EU model, modeling of the power sector and sector coupling with the LIMES-EU and DIETER models, life-cycle assessment, as well as bottom-up technology assessments.

2021

  • Pietzcker, R. C., Osorio, S., Rodrigues, R. (2021): Tightening EU ETS targets in line with the European Green Deal: Impacts on the decarbonization of the EU power sector. Applied Energy; 293, 116914, doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.116914.

  • Ueckerdt, F., Bauer, C., Dirnaichner, A., Everall, J., Sacchi, R., Luderer, G. (2021): Potential and risks of hydrogen-based e-fuels in climate change mitigation. Nature Climate Change, doi: 10.1038/s41558-021-01032-7.

  • Baumstark, L., Bauer, N., Benke, F., Bertram, C., Bi, S., Gong, C, Dietrich, J. P., Dirnaichner, A., Giannousakis A., Hilaire, J., Klein, D., Koch, J., Leimbach, M., Levesque, A., Madeddu, S., Malik, A., Merfort, A., Merfort, L., Odenweller, A., Pehl, M., Pietzcker, R. C., Piontek, F., Rauner, S., Rodrigues, R., Rottoli, M., Schreyer, F., Schultes, A., Soergel, B., Soergel, D., Strefler, J., Ueckerdt, F., Kriegler, E., Luderer, G. (2021): REMIND2.1: Transformation and innovation dynamics of the energy-economic system within climate and sustainability limits. Geoscientific Model Development, 85, doi: 10.5194/gmd-2021-85.

2020

  • Schreyer, F., Luderer, G., Rodrigues, R., Pietzcker, R. C., Baumstark, L., Sugiyama, M., Brecha, R. J., Ueckerdt, F. (2020): Common but differentiated leadership: Strategies and challenges for carbon neutrality by 2050 across industrialized economies. Environmental Research Letters, 15(11), 114016, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/abb852.

  • Madeddu, S., Ueckerdt, F., Pehl, M., Peterseim, J., Lord, M., Kumar, K. A., Krueger, C., Luderer, G. (2020): The CO2 reduction potential for the European industry via direct electrification of heat supply (power-to-heat). Environmental Research Letters, 15, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/abbd02.

  • Ershad, M. A., Pietzcker, R. C., Ueckerdt, F., Luderer, G. (2020): Managing power demand from air conditioning benefits solar PV in India scenarios for 2040, Energies 13 (9), 222, doi: 10.3390/en13092223.

2019



Pietzcker, R.C., Osorio, S., Rodrigues, R. (2021): Tightening EU ETS targets in line with the European Green Deal: Impacts on the decarbonization of the EU power sector. Applied Energy 293, 116914. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.116914

New publication in Nature Climate Change on the role of hydrogen-based e-fuels.
This figure categorizes end-use sectors and suggests a "merit order" of where to prioritize hydrogen demand.

Ueckerdt, F., Bauer, C., Dirnaichner, A., Everall, J., Sacchi, R., Luderer, G. (2021, forthcoming): Potential and risks of hydrogen-based e-fuels in climate change mitigation. link to paper
Nature Climate Change. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01032-7

Covered in: Spiegel online, The Guardian, Tagesspiegel, Handelsblatt

Team

  Dr. Robert Pietzcker
Co-Lead and Senior Scientist
  Dr. Falko Ueckerdt
Co-Lead and Senior Scientist

Ahmad Murtaza Ershad
Doctoral Researcher


Dr. Chris Chen Gong

PostDoc

Claudia Günther
Doctoral Researcher


Robin Krekeler
Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Silvia Madeddu
PostDoc


Adrian Odenweller
Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Renato Rodrigues
PostDoc


Marianna Rottoli

Doctoral Researcher

Felix Schreyer
Doctoral Researcher


Philipp Verpoort

PostDoc