Renewable energies and digitalisation, e-mobility and hydrogen economy: At the EWI, you research and advise on the most exciting topics of our time. The Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) sees itself as a knowledge factory: we create knowledge about increasingly complex energy markets for politics, business and society. We stand for practical, energy-economically sound and agenda-neutral research and first-class consulting for public institutions, industry and the public.
At the EWI, you will build the foundation for a career in business, science or politics. Our alumni work in science, in small, medium-sized or very large companies in the energy industry, in consulting, in associations, in politics or have built up their own start-up.
Lena deals with regulatory issues and analyses market mechanisms in hydrogen and flexibility markets. “I work in an interdisciplinary way and combine different competences to create new contexts,” says Lena. One of her research focuses is behavioural economics. This perspective brings new insights especially in market design and research into incentive mechanisms for the use of decentralised flexibility. “The versatile research fields at the EWI are ideal for developing both myself and the Institute.”
Eren’s PhD studied how capacity is booked for EU gas transmission pipelines. His consulting focus is on modelling short-term electricity markets and asset valuation. “There is a great and constructive atmosphere at EWI,” says Eren. “We work in interdisciplinary and changing teams. “This allows him to work and research on different topics on the one hand, but also to focus on his main topic of techno-economic modelling on the other.
Berit’s work at the EWI is interdisciplinary. She deals with German and European electricity market design – both from a regulatory perspective and with the help of quantitative models. “At the EWI I can do research for my doctorate on the topic of the energy transition,” says Berit. In parallel, she works in consulting projects, where she mainly analyses electricity markets and their regulation and derives recommendations for politics and business. “We discuss our projects a lot in the team,” says Berit. Due to the different courses of study and backgrounds of the employees, each person brings a slightly different perspective and approach. “That’s how we find creative solutions in our projects more quickly.
At EWI, Arne models virtual power plants, analyses the behaviour of e-car users and works on analyses and models supported by machine learning. “I particularly like the fact that people from different disciplines work at EWI,” says Arne. “It’s a challenging environment that allows for steep learning curves and where the solution to problems is often at the next desk.” In addition, Arne appreciates the open and sometimes cheeky culture, where even he, as an East Westphalian, feels very comfortable.