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Dr. Falko Ueckerdt

Dr. Falko Ueckerdt
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Telegraphenberg A56 / A56 156
Phone: +49 (0)331 288 2687
Email: falko.ueckerdt[at]
Postal Address
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Dr Falko Ueckerdt is a postdoctoral researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Project leader of the START project

Dr Ueckerdt is managing director of the Australian-German Energy Transition Hub - a bilateral research network of 6 Australian and 6 German research institutes. This "virtual institute" seeks to provide policy-relevant research on how to turn the challenge of a zero-emission future into an economic opportunity for both countries. Five research institutes from both countries cooperate as core partners: in Germany, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Mercator Research Institute (MCC), the University of Münster (WWU); and in Australia the University of Melbourne (UoM) and the Australian National University (ANU). Additional research partners are Murdoch University, RMIT, Monash University, Hertie School of Governance, DIW Berlin, German Aerospace Centre and University of Tasmania.

Dr Ueckerdt works in international projects with researchers from all over the world, including China, USA, India, Europe and Australia. In the CD-links project (, 10 national modeling teams and 3 global modeling teams cooperate with the aim of deriving coherent national and global low-carbon development pathways.

Since 2015, Dr Ueckerdt is part of the IEA advisory group on grid integration of variable renewables. In the past, he worked in energy planning for the International Renewable Energy Agency (2014/2015) and in e-mobility for the Boston Consulting Group (2009). He has been a contributing author to the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation of the IPCC (2011) and in 2016 he was a postdoctoral research scholar at the Hanley Sustainability Institute of the University of Dayton, Ohio (2016).

He has a background in physics and economics and conducts research and policy advice in the field of climate change mitigation, energy system transformation, wind and solar power integration as well as economic impacts of climate change.


Research interests

Falko Ueckerdt works on various aspects of climate change, in particular he contributes to answering the following questions:

  • 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 Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in climate change mitigation
  • What are the economic damages induced by climate change? How do they compare to climate change mitigation costs?



  • 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/
  • 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/
  • 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”)

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