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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 implementation of projects for clients from the public and industry sector. In applied research and consulting projects he focuses on the topics of sector coupling, electro mobility and the economic effects of a coal phase-out. He advised, among others, the MWIDE of the state of NRW, the German Energy Agency (dena) and various industrial companies. Before joining EWI, Max Gierkink worked at Pöyry Management Consulting, focusing on energy economics and operational excellence. Prior to this, he gained professional experience in the strategy department of the energy supplier RheinEnergie. He studied economics and corporate development at the Universities of Tübingen (Germany), Cologne (Germany) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).

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Curriculum Vitae


Client: INEOS in Cologne

Energy market scenarios and future energy and commodity procurement options

On behalf of INEOS in Cologne, EWI analysed the potential development of gas demand – in case the current level of ambition concerning the expansion of renewable energies and the decrease of reduction of energy consumption cannot be accelerated. First, three key mechanisms for achieving climate targets are identified: Decreasing energy consumption, electrification of the final energy consumption and increasing the share of renewable energies. Unfortunately, barriers like rebound effects, slow technology adaption rates and acceptance issues are often neglected. Energy demand could thus be underestimated. One possible outcome is a rising demand for natural gas and an increasing import share. A theoretical alternative to gas imports would be the exploration of unconventional gas sources (“fracking”) in Germany. However, the study concludes that the exploration of unconventional gas sources is unlikely due to environmental risks, public concerns and Germany’s geographical location close to cheap and abundant gas reserves.

Client: ewi ER&S

Study comparison sector coupling

In April 2018 ewi ER&S published the study “Kosteneffiziente Umsetzung der Sektorenkopplung” on behalf of the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia. In June 2018, the “dena-Leitstudie Integrierte Energiewende” was published with ewi ER&S as the principal scientific assessor. Both studies analyse cross-sector strategies for achieving climate targets in the medium and long term. Within the framework of the “Studienvergleich Sektorenkopplung “, similarities and differences in the design of the study are pointed out transparently and the differences in the results are presented in detail.

Client: Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)

dena-Leitstudie Integrierte Energiewende (dena Study on Integrated Energy Transition)

The dena-Leitstudie Integrierte Energiewende develops and compares transformation pathes for the energy system in Germany with the objective to attain the climate-political goals by 2050. It pursues an innovative cross-sector scenario approach. At the same time, it is based on the branch knowledge of more than 60 partners from all relevant sectors and on the continuuos exchange with important actors from politics, society and science. The objective is to give impulses for designing the energy system by 2050. ewi ER&S is the main scientific advisor to the study. The central results of the study say that Germany will be able to attain its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 as well as by 95 % up to the year 2050 if the strains in all sectors are increased. Therefore, the roll-out and system integration of renewable energy sources must be forced, the end energy consumption has to be reduced by extensive energy efficiency efforts, and synthetic regenerative energy sources must be used on a big scale. A broad mix of technologies and energy sources makes the transformation of the energy system more cost-efficient than a fortified use of electricity-based applications.

Client: Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWIDE)

Cost-efficient realization of sector coupling

The study examines options for a medium-term and long-term attainment of German goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases by 2050. The focus lies on finding cost-optimal development pathes in the energy consumption sectors of buildings, transportation, industry and in the energy sector. The study finds that a technology-open approach is to be preferred to an extensive electrification of the consumption sectors. In addition, the German climate goals are classified into the European context, incentive structures are analyzed from stakeholders’ pespectives, and recommendations for a further development of legal frame conditions are yielded. The study was commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWIDE). The ef.Ruhr GmbH is the cooperation partner for examining the implications on the electricity networks.

[Study (in German, short version)] [Study (in German, long version)]

Consulting Projects

Analyse der Wettbewerbsfähigkeit von Heizungstechnologien in Europa
Workshop „Long-term Electricity System Planning“ für das marokkanische Forschungspool ESMA
Datengetriebene Entscheidungsunterstützung für die urbane EV Integration
Rahmenvertrag für energiewirtschaftliche Beratungsleistungen
Stromkosten der NE-Metallindustrie
Nord Stream 2 and its effects on European wholesale power prices
Multiclient-Studie: Gas- und Wärmenetze