Dr Falko Ueckerdt

Senior scientist
Head of the National Energy Transitions Team
Ueckerdt

Falko Ueckerdt is a senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). He leads the team National Energy Transitions (together with Robert Pietzcker) in the energy systems group of Research Department III - Transformation Pathways. He leads or works in national and international research projects with researchers from all over the world, including China, USA, India, Europe and Australia. Currently, he is PIK project head of the Sino-German INTEGRATE project and works on hydrogen, efuels and the industry sector in the German flagship project Ariadne. Dr Ueckerdt is managing director of the Australian-German Energy Transition Hub - a bilateral research network of 7 Australian and 6 German research institutes - and an affiliate partner to the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre (RACE for 2030 CRC). Dr Ueckerdt is part of two IEA advisory groups, on system integration of variable renewables and on projected costs of generation. He was/is a contributing author to the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation of the IPCC (2011) and the Sixth Assessment Report (current).

In the past, Falko Ueckerdt was a postdoctoral research scholar at the Hanley Sustainability Institute of the University of Dayton, Ohio (2016), worked in energy planning for the International Renewable Energy Agency (2014/2015) and in e-mobility for the Boston Consulting Group (2009). Falko Ueckerdt studied physics at the Humboldt University Berlin and did his PhD at PIK (on renewable system integration) supervised by Ottmar Edenhofer, Bob Brecha and Gunnar Luderer.

Research

Falko Ueckerdt has a background in physics and economics and conducts research and policy advice in the field of climate change mitigation and energy system transformation, particularly on wind and solar power integration, sector coupling, electrification, hydrogen and efuels.

  • What role play renewable energy sources in climate change mitigation scenarios?
  • What are the major challenges of integrating wind and solar PV into power systems? What role play integration options (e.g. transmission grids, energy storage or demand-side management) in mitigating the integration costs?
  • What is the role of electrification, direct and indirect (hydrogen, efuels, Carbon Capture and Utilization: CCU), in climate change mitigation?
  • What are key technologies and policy instruments for the industry sector?

Publications

Also see: Google Scholar Publication and Citation Profile

  • Roelfsema et al., Taking stock of national climate policies to evaluate implementation of the Paris Agreement, Nature Communications 11, 2096 (2020). doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15414-6
  • Ershad AM, Pietzcker R, Ueckerdt F, Luderer G, Managing Power Demand from Air Conditioning Benefits Solar PV in India Scenarios for 2040, Energies 13, 2223 (2020). doi.org/10.3390/en13092223
  • Ueckerdt, Falko, Pietzcker, R., Scholz, Y., Stetter, D., Giannousakis, A., Luderer, G., (2016): "Decarbonizing global power supply under region-specific consideration of challenges and options of integrating variable renewables in the REMIND model". Energy Economics. 2016. link to paper: doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2016.05.012 [Alternative link to pre-print]
  • Pietzcker R, Ueckerdt F, Carrara S, De Boer H, Depres J, Fujimori F, Kitous A, Johnson N, Scholz Y, Sullivan P, Luderer G (2016)  Representing the challenge of renewable energy variability in Integrated Assessment Models. Energy Economics (under review)
  • Ueckerdt, F., Brecha, R., Luderer, G., Sullivan, P., Schmid, E., Bauer, N., Böttger, D., Pietzcker, R. (2015): "Representing power sector variability and the integration of variable renewables in long-term energy-economy models using residual load duration curves". Energy. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2015.07.006
  • Ueckerdt F, Brecha R, Luderer G (2015) Analyzing major challenges of wind and solar variability in power systems. Renewable Energy 81:1–10. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2015.03.002
  • L Hirth, F Ueckerdt, O Edenhofer (2015) Integration costs revisited-An economic framework for wind and solar variability. Renewable Energy 74, 925-939. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2014.08.065
  • Hirth, L, Ueckerdt, F, Edenhofer, O. (2014): “Why Wind is not Coal: On the Economics of Electricity”, forthcoming in The Energy Journal
  • Ueckerdt, Falko, Lion Hirth, Gunnar Luderer & Ottmar Edenhofer (2013): “System LCOE: What are the costs of variable renewables?”, Energy 63, 61-75. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2013.10.072
  • Ueckerdt, F, Luderer, G, Müller-Hansen, F, (2013): "Analyse des Klimaschutzpotentials der Nutzung von erneuerbarem Wasserstoff und Methan". A study for the DVGW German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water.
  • Hirth, L, Ueckerdt, F (2013): “Redistribution Effects of Energy and Climate Policy”, Energy Policy 62, 934-947. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2013.07.055
  • Hirth, L, Ueckerdt, F (2013): "The Decreasing Market Value of Variable Renewables: Integration Options and Deadlocks", Transition to Renewable Energy Systems, 75-92.
  • Edenhofer, Ottmar, Lion Hirth, Brigitte Knopf, Michael Pahle, Steffen Schloemer, Eva Schmid & Falko Ueckerdt (2013): “On the Economics of Renewable Energy Sources”, Energy Economics 40(S1), 12-23. doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2013.09.015
  • Contributing author to the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. 2011. (Chapter 8: “Integration of Renewable Energy into Present and Future Energy Systems”)

Ongoing projects

Ariadne - flagship project on the German/European energy transition

The Kopernikus project Ariadne is researching which policy instruments are actually suitable for this purpose. From a better understanding of the effects of individual political measures and policy paths to an overview of the entire system - together with actors from politics, energy system transformation and society, the project is investigating meaningful strategies for energy system transformation and their acceptance by citizens. The project continuously compiles findings and results on a multimedia website.

Sino-German INTEGRATE project

Local air pollution control and climate change mitigation are timely and important challenges that are tackled not only in the international arena but also on national and regional level. Both aims can be approached with a number of interacting policy options that may contradict or complement each other. Only a well-coordinated set of policy instruments can avoid inconsistencies while leveraging synergies. The overarching objective of the research project INTEGRATE is identifying such a coordinated set for China and Germany based on an integrated economic analysis.

Australian-German Energy Transition Hub

The Hub brings together leading research organisations that are central to energy transition in Germany and Australia to learn from each other,
generate mutual benefit through the global energy transition, and strengthen the bilateral relationship. The goal of the Hub is to provide a critical evidence base for new growth centred upon the economic opportunities of zero emissions.

Department

Working Group

Contact

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2687
ueckerdt[at]pik-potsdam.de
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam

In the past, Falko Ueckerdt was a postdoctoral research scholar at the Hanley Sustainability Institute of the University of Dayton, Ohio (2016), worked in energy planning for the International Renewable Energy Agency (2014/2015) and in e-mobility for the Boston Consulting Group (2009). Falko Ueckerdt studied physics at the Humboldt University Berlin and did his PhD at PIK (on renewable system integration) supervised by Ottmar Edenhofer, Bob Brecha and Gunnar Luderer.

Falko Ueckerdt has a background in physics and economics and conducts research and policy advice in the field of climate change mitigation and energy system transformation, particularly on wind and solar power integration, sector coupling, electrification, hydrogen and efuels.

  • What role play renewable energy sources in climate change mitigation scenarios?
  • What are the major challenges of integrating wind and solar PV into power systems? What role play integration options (e.g. transmission grids, energy storage or demand-side management) in mitigating the integration costs?
  • What is the role of electrification, direct and indirect (hydrogen, efuels, Carbon Capture and Utilization: CCU), in climate change mitigation?
  • What are key technologies and policy instruments for the industry sector?

Also see: Google Scholar Publication and Citation Profile

  • Roelfsema et al., Taking stock of national climate policies to evaluate implementation of the Paris Agreement, Nature Communications 11, 2096 (2020). doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15414-6
  • Ershad AM, Pietzcker R, Ueckerdt F, Luderer G, Managing Power Demand from Air Conditioning Benefits Solar PV in India Scenarios for 2040, Energies 13, 2223 (2020). doi.org/10.3390/en13092223
  • Ueckerdt, Falko, Pietzcker, R., Scholz, Y., Stetter, D., Giannousakis, A., Luderer, G., (2016): "Decarbonizing global power supply under region-specific consideration of challenges and options of integrating variable renewables in the REMIND model". Energy Economics. 2016. link to paper: doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2016.05.012 [Alternative link to pre-print]
  • Pietzcker R, Ueckerdt F, Carrara S, De Boer H, Depres J, Fujimori F, Kitous A, Johnson N, Scholz Y, Sullivan P, Luderer G (2016)  Representing the challenge of renewable energy variability in Integrated Assessment Models. Energy Economics (under review)
  • Ueckerdt, F., Brecha, R., Luderer, G., Sullivan, P., Schmid, E., Bauer, N., Böttger, D., Pietzcker, R. (2015): "Representing power sector variability and the integration of variable renewables in long-term energy-economy models using residual load duration curves". Energy. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2015.07.006
  • Ueckerdt F, Brecha R, Luderer G (2015) Analyzing major challenges of wind and solar variability in power systems. Renewable Energy 81:1–10. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2015.03.002
  • L Hirth, F Ueckerdt, O Edenhofer (2015) Integration costs revisited-An economic framework for wind and solar variability. Renewable Energy 74, 925-939. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2014.08.065
  • Hirth, L, Ueckerdt, F, Edenhofer, O. (2014): “Why Wind is not Coal: On the Economics of Electricity”, forthcoming in The Energy Journal
  • Ueckerdt, Falko, Lion Hirth, Gunnar Luderer & Ottmar Edenhofer (2013): “System LCOE: What are the costs of variable renewables?”, Energy 63, 61-75. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2013.10.072
  • Ueckerdt, F, Luderer, G, Müller-Hansen, F, (2013): "Analyse des Klimaschutzpotentials der Nutzung von erneuerbarem Wasserstoff und Methan". A study for the DVGW German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water.
  • Hirth, L, Ueckerdt, F (2013): “Redistribution Effects of Energy and Climate Policy”, Energy Policy 62, 934-947. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2013.07.055
  • Hirth, L, Ueckerdt, F (2013): "The Decreasing Market Value of Variable Renewables: Integration Options and Deadlocks", Transition to Renewable Energy Systems, 75-92.
  • Edenhofer, Ottmar, Lion Hirth, Brigitte Knopf, Michael Pahle, Steffen Schloemer, Eva Schmid & Falko Ueckerdt (2013): “On the Economics of Renewable Energy Sources”, Energy Economics 40(S1), 12-23. doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2013.09.015
  • Contributing author to the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. 2011. (Chapter 8: “Integration of Renewable Energy into Present and Future Energy Systems”)

Ongoing projects

Ariadne - flagship project on the German/European energy transition

The Kopernikus project Ariadne is researching which policy instruments are actually suitable for this purpose. From a better understanding of the effects of individual political measures and policy paths to an overview of the entire system - together with actors from politics, energy system transformation and society, the project is investigating meaningful strategies for energy system transformation and their acceptance by citizens. The project continuously compiles findings and results on a multimedia website.


Sino-German INTEGRATE project

Local air pollution control and climate change mitigation are timely and important challenges that are tackled not only in the international arena but also on national and regional level. Both aims can be approached with a number of interacting policy options that may contradict or complement each other. Only a well-coordinated set of policy instruments can avoid inconsistencies while leveraging synergies. The overarching objective of the research project INTEGRATE is identifying such a coordinated set for China and Germany based on an integrated economic analysis.

Australian-German Energy Transition Hub

The Hub brings together leading research organisations that are central to energy transition in Germany and Australia to learn from each other,
generate mutual benefit through the global energy transition, and strengthen the bilateral relationship. The goal of the Hub is to provide a critical evidence base for new growth centred upon the economic opportunities of zero emissions.