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Chair of Management of Renewable Energies

Our Chair contributes to the transition from a non-renewable to a renewable energy supply, which helps to reduce environmental, economic and societal risks, and to create entrepreneurial opportunities. We invest intellectual venture capital in students and young researchers, enabling them to contribute to a clean energy future, in academia or business.

Research Focus

Management of Renewable Energies and Climate Solutions

Social Acceptance of RenewablesIWÖ-HSG has been pioneering research on social acceptance of renewable energies for more than a decade. Current research focusses on the dynamics of community acceptance, including the role of emotions, and on the influence of citizen co-investment and community benefits on social acceptance.
Consumer Preferences for Electric MobilityThe transition from fossil fuels to electric vehicles is a key element of decarbonizing the transport sector. Our research in this domain focuses on consumer preferences and business models for electric vehicles in combination with renewable energies. We investigate key touchpoints in the purchase process and derive behaviorally informed policy recommendations for accelerating the EV transition.
Business Models for Low-Carbon InnovationDecarbonizing the energy sector is no longer a matter of waiting for technological breakthroughs. How can innovative business models accelerate the deployment of mature renewable energy technologies like solar, wind and hydropower? In this research stream, we investigate the diffusion of new business models combining distributed renewables and storage to satisfy consumer demand for clean energy.
Investment Decisions under Policy RiskEnergy and climate policies can be important drivers of the low-carbon energy transition, but they also create risks for investors. If sufficient amounts of capital are to be mobilized for investment in clean energy and transport infrastructure, it is important to design policies that minimize risk for different types of investors. We use choice experiments and other empirical methods to measure the price of policy risk.
Overcoming Energy Path DependenceWhy is it so difficult for countries, firms and consumers to overcome our current attachment to non renewable energies, a phenomenon that former US president George W. Bush, in 2006, called an «addiction to oil»? We investigate mechanisms of path dependence and carbon lock in and explore ways to overcome it on micro, meso and macro levels.

Ongoing Projects

Chair of Management of Renewable Energies

Efficient, reliable and sustainable delivery of energy is critical to the health and wellbeing of all people.
The continued decarbonization of the energy sector through the use of renewable energy sources provides both interesting opportunities for local energy systems and challenges for existing electricity networks. Mainland regions such as isolatedvillages, small cities, urban districts or rural areas often have issues with weak or non-existing grid  connections. These areas are known as energy islands.

The goal of the European-funded H2020 project E-LAND is to  provide a synergistic solution among the technological, societal and business challenges that the energy sector faces. The main concept is the E-LAND toolbox – a modular set of methodologies and ICT tools designed to optimize and control multi energy islands and isolated communities. The modular toolbox can be customized to meet local requirements and expanded to incorporate new tools as new challenges arise.