Max Gierkink, M.Sc.


Max Gierkink has been working at EWI since 2017, first as a Research Consultant and since 2018 as a Manager. His responsibilities include the acquisition, management and execution of projects for clients from the public and industry sector. Further tasks include the presentation of project results at events as well as the management of a cross-project team of 6 employees and the EWI research program on heat transition. Max Gierkink focuses on the topics of integrated energy system analysis (sector coupling), the heat transition in the building sector and the effects of the coal phase-out and the expansion of renewable energies on the electricity market. He advised, among others, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy (MWIKE) of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the German Energy Agency (dena), the European Investment Bank (EIB) as well as several energy suppliers, energy-intensive companies and industrial associations. Before joining EWI, Max Gierkink worked at Pöyry Management Consulting (now: AFRY Management Consulting). Prior to this, he gained professional experience in the strategy department of the energy utility RheinEnergie. He studied economics and corporate development at the Universities of Tübingen (Germany), Cologne (Germany) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).


On behalf of: Akademienprojekt "Energiesysteme der Zukunft" (ESYS)
On behalf of: Zentralverband Sanitär Heizung Klima, Vaillant Deutschland GmbH & Co.KG und Viessmann Climate Solutions SE
On behalf of: Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)
On behalf of: Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Energiewirtschaftlichen Instituts an der Universität zu Köln e. V.
On behalf of: Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss e.V. (German Property Federation) (ZIA)
On behalf of: Own publication in cooperation with the German Energy Agency (dena)
On behalf of: Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWIDE)
On behalf of: ewi ER&S
On behalf of: Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWIDE)


Published in: et Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen, Vol. 73 (3), 2023, pp. 37-40.
Published in: et – Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen, Vol. 70 (11), 2020, pp. 53-55.

Consulting Projects

Security of supply by accelerating the hydrogen market ramp-up – Location analysis for electrolysers
Workshops on the energy transition for “Doing Business in Germany
Analysis coal-fired power generation 2019
Analysis of the cost competitiveness of heating technologies in Europe
Workshop „Long-term Electricity System Planning“ für das marokkanische Forschungspool ESMA
Framework contract for energy policy consulting services
Electricity cost in the non-ferrous metal industry
Heat transition 2050: Robust strategies for gas and heat infrastructures

Research Projects

Flexibility of Power Plants through Thermal Energy Storage (FLEXI-TES)