Benjamin Köhler

Senior Researcher
Energy & Climate

Special Expertise

  • Eergy efficient buildings, zero-energy buildings, climate-adapted construction
  • Techno-econoic evaluation of buildings and building energy systems (new construction and refurbishment)
  • Building simulation and energy balancing/ accounting
  • Flexible, grid-supportive building operation
  • Thermal comfort
  • Business Model evaluation and development
  • Developmet, rating and evaluation of policy instruments for the transformation of the building sector towards sustainability and climate neutrality

Key Projects

  • Kopernikus Project Ariadne: Evidence-based assessment for the design of the German energy transition (Energiewende) – sub-project sectoral focus analysis heat transition: Identification and evaluation of instruments
  • Scientific analysis of current climate change policy question of energy efficiency in the industry, servive and household sector (BMU)
  • 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)
  • Rethinking economic efficiency (UBA)
  • Sustainable use of renewable energies for the provision of electricity, heating and cooling in energy concepts for buildings and neighbourhoods, taking into account the energy efficiency of buildings (UBA)
  • Systemic challenges of Germany's heat transition (UBA)
  • Climate neutral building sector 2050 (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