Dr Frank Hellmann

Working Group Leader
Head of Software, Data and Modeling Council


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2052
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


I research the dynamics of energy and electricity systems from a complex systems perspective. The main focus is on using probabilistic methods to understand and control high dimensional networked dynamical systems.

  • CoCo-Hype: "Consistent modeling, design and analysis of multi-layered hybrid power systems with distributed control" - Part of the DFG Priority Programme 1984 "Hybrid and Multimodal Energy Systems"
  • CoNDyNet 2 - Emergent non-linear dynamics of power grids
  • DFG-NSFC - Generalized Synchronization for Renewable Powergrids
  • Elena - Software for Powergrid dynamics. Leibniz Transfer project
  • open_plan - Designing cellular grids.
  • CoNDyNet: Collective Nonlinear Dynamics on Networks - BmBF project (finished)
  • Model order reduction for power plant models: Climate KIC project (finished)

Before joining PIK to work on renewable energies I worked in Loop Quantum Gravity. I did my PhD at the University of Nottingham and a Postdoc at the Albert Einstein Institute (MPI for Gravitational Physics) in Golm. A science slam where I presented this research can be found here.