Philipp Blechinger

 Philipp Blechinger
  • Energy Engineering

Areas of Expertise:
Renewable energy; Energy system transformation; Island energy systems; Rural electrification; Off-grid energy solutions

Membership:
since 2018

Contact

Reiner Lemoine Institute, Germany

Off-Grid Systems
Rudower Chaussee 12
12489 Berlin
Germany

+ 49 30 1208 43440
philipp.blechinger(at)rl-institut.de
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About me

My research focuses on supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. Within the Reiner Lemoine Institute (RLI), I helped develop and now lead the Off-Grid Systems Research Unit, which currently has more than 15 researchers and students. Founded in 2020, I also now head the Reiner Lemoine Stiftung (RLS) Graduate School on Energy System Transformation, which currently has four PhD students.

Over the years, I have led a range of international research projects on decentralized energy supply, financed by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), as well as by the EU.  As a consultant, I have worked on rural electrification planning in Nigeria (EU/GIZ), Zambia (IFC/World Bank), the Philippines (EUAid) and a number of small island developing states. I also participate in international research collaboration, for instance with the University of the Philippines and via the Berkeley-Berlin Energy Access Group in conjunction with the University of California Berkeley. I am also the founder of the Berlin Off-Grid Roundtable, which has over 100 members.

AGYA connects people!

I believe that successful research requires communication and exchange on an international and interdisciplinary level. AGYA is the perfect platform to enable such exchange, along with long-lasting collaborations and friendships. The unique character of AGYA is reflected in its diverse networking events, which create productive atmospheres for discussion and joint project development, while also allowing members to experience new countries and cultures. In addition, AGYA tandem and working group projects support international research between AGYA members and related researchers. My projects within AGYA include ‘Solar4Food’, an interdisciplinary research project on and prototype development for a low-cost solar dryer for dates in Sudan; ‘Wine to Energy’, a techno-economic analysis of vineyard residuals’ potential for bio energy generation; and ‘A Digital Commons: Governance of Smart Mobility Data’, a workshop on smart cities and mobility with a focus on data governance.


Academic career
2019-2020 Visiting Scholar in the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) of Prof. Daniel Kammen, University of California Berkeley, USA
2011–today Head of Off-Grid Systems Research Unit, Reiner Lemoine Institute, Berlin, Germany
2011–2015 Ph.D. in Engineering, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
2010 Guest Researcher for the project ‘Comparison of Different Policy Instruments for the Power Generation Sector of T&T Regarding GHG-Emission Mitigation’, University of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
2007–2011 Diploma Wi.-Ing. (M.Sc. equivalent) in Business Engineering, Technical University of Berlin, Germany

 

My Commitment to AGYA
Member in Charge of the Working Group 'Energy, Water and Environment'

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Regenerative Energiesysteme: Technologie, Berechnung, Klimaschutz
[Renewable Energy Systems: Technology, Calculation, Climate Protection]
by Volker Quaschning

Favourite novel:
Impossible to pick just one!

The scientist from my country you should know:
Claudia Kemfert, Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability