Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln gGmbH


Philipp Theile, M.Sc.

Philipp Theile

is Research Associate at EWI since 2019 and doctoral candidate at the University of Cologne. His research focus lies in the fields of energy system modelling with a focus on decentralization and digitalization of energy systems. Before joining EWI, Philipp Theile studied Industrial Engineering with a major in Eletrical Energy Technology at RWTH Aachen University, Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden) and Leibniz Universität Hannover.

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Curriculum Vitae


Client: Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfachs e.V. (DVGW)

Introduction of power-to-gas in Germany

The discussion paper analyses the integration of power-to-gas plants into the energy and regulatory framework in Germany. For this purpose, four power purchase options of the plants are compared and their influence on the power purchase path, the purchase costs, the green power characteristics, and the competitiveness of the plant is examined. It is shown that business models based on the power purchase options have fundamental peculiarities, as the plants are operated either in a regulated or in a market environment and thus require different investment incentives.

Client: Siemens AG

Development of the momentary reserve and estimation of the need for Fast Frequency Response in the European network system

Together with ef.Ruhr, EWI investigated the development of frequency stability in Germany on behalf of Siemens AG. With the help of the European electricity market model DIMENSION, the power plant parks of two scenarios were optimized for the year 2040. The first scenario exclusively depicts the German coal phase-out, while the second scenario additionally assumes that the European countries with a high proportion of conventional power generation will make a change towards renewable energies. As indicators for the frequency stability of the resulting systems, ef.Ruhr uses a point model to determine the frequency gradients, grid start-up time constants and dynamic frequency minima.

The analyses carried out show that there is a need for action in order to be able to guarantee the frequency stability of the energy supply system in the year 2040 without restrictions. The decrease of the instantaneous reserve due to decreasing energy from conventional power plants results in the shortfall of the permissible frequency minima as well as in a critical increase of the frequency gradients, which can cause critical system states in each case. An increase in the instantaneous reserve or an acceleration of the primary control power can guarantee frequency stability.

Own publication in cooperation with the German Energy Agency (dena)

Impulse for the current climate policy debate: Assessments based on the dena lead study Integrated Energy Transition

Together with the German Energy Agency (dena), EWI has examined developments in power generation and the end-consumer sectors of buildings, industry and transport since the publication of the “dena Lead Study Integrated Energy Transition “. The analysis compares the changes between 2015, the base year of the dena study Integrated Energy Transition, and today with the transformation paths and model results in 2030. The EWI figures show: The efficiency improvements in the sectors assumed in the dena study cannot be observed. Regarding the expansion of renewable energies, particularly in wind energy, a significant decline is expected. Various indicators show that there are currently no incentives for a rapid and cross-sectoral reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Based on the analysis of the key figures by the EWI, dena develops comprehensive recommendations for action so that Germany can still achieve the its climate target in 2030.


Beschleunigter Ausstieg aus der Kohleverstromung – Auswirkungen auf Stromkosten der Industrie und Momentanreserve

Fabian Arnold, Eglantine Künle, David Schlund, Simon Schulte, Philipp Theile, Christian Wagner; 2020
In: VIK Nachrichten 2/2020, 42-45.

Auswirkungen des Kohleausstiegs auf die Frequenzstabilität im Energieversorgungssystem

Christian Wagner, Philipp Theile, Eglantine Künle, Marco Greve; 2020
In: et - Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen, Vol. 70 (3), 2020, pp. 19-22.

Misc Publications

Dr. Johannes Wagner, Philipp Theile, Lena Pickert, Tobias Sprenger; 2019
The Climate Protection Programme 2030 and its impacts
The calculations of the EWI on the burden and relief of households through the “Klimaschutzprogramm 2030” show the effects of the CO2 price, the commuter allowance, and the EEG compensation. For example, a 3-person family with one commuter in an unrenovated single-family-house with an old oil heating system will have additional costs of 201 euros in 2025. In contrast, a high-income family with two commuters in a partially renovated single-family house will have higher costs of 108 euros in 2025 due to the climate protection programme. For a couple in an unrenovated apartment with a gas heating system without commuters, the effects of CO2 pricing and EEG compensation almost cancel each other out.

Consulting Projects

Analysis of household energy consumption based on unsupervised learning
Energy market design of the future
COVID-19 in the German energy sector – Implications for, wholesale prices, EEG-levy and possible investment programs
Modellentwicklung und Berechnung von Szenarien eines Wasserstoff-Versorgungssystems für das Get H2-Nukleus Projekt