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
Externe referierte Aufsätze

Flexible Electricity Use for Heating in Markets with Renewable Energy

In: Applied Energy 266 (2020), 114571, 18 S. | Wolf-PeterSchill, AlexanderZerrahn
Weitere Aufsätze

Solar Prosumage: An Economic Discussion of Challenges and Opportunities

In: Jens Lowitzsch (Ed.) , Energy Transition: Financing Consumer Co-Ownership in Renewables
Cham: Palgrave MacMillan
S. 703-731
| Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn, Friedrich Kunz
Monographien

Cost Benefit Analysis of Sets and Alternative Local Small-Scale Storage Options

Mannheim: MVV Energie AG, 2018, 184 S.
(H2020 RealValue ; D3.6)
| Ciara O'Dwyer, Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn ...
Externe referierte Aufsätze

On the Economics of Electrical Storage for Variable Renewable Energy Sources

In: European Economic Review 108 (2018), S. 259-279 | Alexander Zerrahn, Wolf-Peter Schill, Claudia Kemfert
Externe referierte Aufsätze

Power-To-Heat for Renewable Energy Integration: a Review of Technologies, Modeling Approaches, and Flexibility Potentials

In: Applied Energy 212 (2018), S. 1611-1626 | Andreas Bloess, Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn

Lectures

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
Vortrag

Prosumage of Solar Electricity: Tariff Design, Prices, and Capacity Investment

Claudia Günther, Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn
Berlin, 10.05.2019
| Batterien: Kostenentwicklung, Technologien, Anwendungen: Strommarkttreffen Berlin

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