Dr. Alexander Zerrahn

Research Associate in the

Energy, Transportation, Environment Department

Research Topics and Working Areas
  • Energy economics
  • Renewable energy, flexibility, electrification
  • Energy system modeling
I am a research associate at DIW Berlin in the Department of Energy, Transportation, Environment since 2012. I studied economics in Tübingen and Copenhagen and obtained my PhD from TU Berlin within the DIE Grsduate Center. My research focuses on the economics of renewable energy, using numerical and empirical methods. I am interested in questions around the integration of renewables into the power system. This comprises flexibility options such as energy storage, decentral electricity self-supply, electrification of mobility and heat, and acceptance of energy infrastructures. I address these topics in a range of research projects at DIW Berlin and publish my findings in the leading journals in the field. I am also an editor for the DIW Weekly Report and lecturer for renewable electricity economics at HTW Berlin.

Publications

European Economic Review

On the economics of electrical storage for variable renewable energy sources

2018 | Zerrahn, Alexander, Wolf-Peter Schill, and Claudia Kemfert
Applied Energy

Power-to-heat for renewable energy integration: A review of technologies, modeling approaches, and flexibility potentials

2018 | Bloess, Andreas, Wolf-Peter Schill, and Alexander Zerrahn
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

Does the presence of wind turbines have negative externalities for people in their surroundings? Evidence from well-being data

2017 | Krekel, Christian and Alexander Zerrahn
Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy

Prosumage of solar electricity: pros, cons, and the system perspective

2017 | Schill, Wolf-Peter, Alexander Zerrahn, and Friedrich Kunz
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

Long-run power storage requirements for high shares of renewables: review and a new model

2017 | Zerrahn, Alexander and Wolf-Peter Schill
Diskussionspapiere 1885 / 2020

Substituting Clean for Dirty Energy: A Bottom-Up Analysis

2020| Fabian Stöckl, Alexander Zerrahn
Diskussionspapiere 1769 / 2018

Flexible Electricity Use for Heating in Markets with Renewable Energy

2018| Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn
DIW Wochenbericht 46 / 2018

Flexible Nutzung von Nachtspeicherheizungen kann ein kleiner Baustein für die Energiewende sein

2018| Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn, Nils May, Karsten Neuhoff
DIW aktuell 11 / 2018

Die Energiewende wird nicht an Stromspeichern scheitern

2018| Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn, Claudia Kemfert, Christian von Hirschhausen
Diskussionspapiere 1677 / 2017

Power-to-Heat for Renewable Energy Integration: Technologies, Modeling Approaches, and Flexibility Potentials

2017| Andreas Bloess, Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn
Monographien

Techno-Economic Criteria to Evaluate Power Flow Allocation Schemes

Ithaca: arXiv.org, 2020, 28 S.
(arXiv ; 2005.03464)
| Fabian Hofmann, Alexander Zerrahn, Carlos Gaete-Morales
Monographien

DIETERpy: a Python framework for The Dispatch and Investment Evaluation Tool with Endogenous Renewables

Ithaca: arXiv.org, 2020, 12 S.
(arXiv ; 2010.00883)
| Carlos Gaete-Morales, Martin Kittel, Alexander Roth, Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn
Monographien

Green Hydrogen: Optimal Supply Chains and Power Sector Benefits

Ithaca: arXiv.org, 2020, 46 S.
(arXiv ; 2005.03464)
| Fabian Stockl, Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn
Monographien

Prosumage of Solar Electricity: Tariff Design, Capacity Investments, and Power System Effects

Ithaca: arXiv.org, 2020, 37 S.
(arXiv ; 1907.09855)
| Claudia Günther, Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn
Monographien

An Open Tool for Creating Battery-Electric Vehicle Time Series from Empirical Data: emobpy

Ithaca: arXiv.org, 2020, 17 S.
(arXiv ; 2005.02765)
| Carlos Gaete-Morales, Hendrik Kramer, Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn

Lectures

Vortrag

External Costs of Electricity Transmission Infrastructure: Evidence from Well-being Data

Alexander Roth, Luis Sarmiento, Aleksandar Zaklan, Alexander Zerrahn
[Online], 27.09.2020 - 30.09.2020
| Gender Economics - Geschlechterforschung in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften (VIRTUELL): Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2020
Vortrag

Prosumage of Solar Electricity: Tariff Design, Prices, and Power System Effects

Claudia Günther, Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn
[Online], 24.08.2020 - 27.08.2020
| 35th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association - 73rd European Meeting of the Econometric Society: EEA - ESEM 2020; Vitual
Vortrag

Flexible Electricity Use for Heating in Markets with Renewable Energy

Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn
[Online], 23.06.2020 - 03.07.2020
| 25th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Vortrag

Power System Impacts of Cheaper Batteries: Insights from European Open-Source Models

Alexander Zerrahn, Wolf-Peter Schill
Berlin, 16.01.2020
| 10th European Workshop of the Open Energy Modelling Initiative
Vortrag

Prices in Power System Models

Alexander Zerrahn, Wolf-Peter Schill
Dublin, Irland, 23.06.2019 - 26.06.2019
| 30th European Conference on Operational Research: EURO2019

Research Projects

Research Project

Future of Fossil Fuels in the wake of greenhouse gas neutrality

Current Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

Methods and Applications of the Allocation of Network Costs (NET-ALLOK))

Current Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

Impact of Renewable Energy Sources (ImpRES)

Completed Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

RealValue

Completed Project| Climate Policy