Energy & Climate

Benjamin Köhler

Senior Researcher

Special Expertise

  • Municipal heat planning
  • Transformation and expansion of district heating: regulation, incentives, acceptance
  • Development, assessment and evaluation of policy instruments for the sustainable transformation of the heating sector
  • Energy-efficient buildings, zero-energy buildings, climate-adapted construction: Simulation and balancing, comfort
  • Technical and economic assessment of buildings and building energy systems (new construction and refurbishment)

Key Projects

  • Federal law and federal guidelines on heat planning (BMWK)
  • Kopernikusprojekt Ariadne (1&2): Evidence-Based Assessment for the Design of the German Energy System Transformation on the way to climate neutrality - sub-project heat transition (BMBF)
  • OptInAquiFer: Optimised integration of thermal aquifer storage in district heating systems (BMBF)
  • Overview of District Heating and Cooling Markets and Regulatory Frameworks under the Revised Renewable Energy Directive (EU DG Ener)
  • Policy Support for Heating and Cooling Decarbonisation (EU DG Ener)
  • Systemic challenge of the heat transition (UBA)

Professional Training and Career

  • Since July 2020: Oeko-Institut e.V., Senior Researcher and Project Manager
  • 2014 – 2020: Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Researcher and Project Manager
  • 2013 – 2014: PSE AG, Researcher (labour leasing Fraunhofer ISE)
  • 2012 – 2013: Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Research Assistant and Master Thesis
  • 2010 – 2011: endura kommunal GmbH, Trainee and Bachelor Thesis
  • 2007 – 2013: Master and Bachelor „Energy and Environmental Management“ at the Europa-Universität and University of Applied Sciences Flensburg

Language Skills

  • English


Benjamin Köhler