Our Team

Our team is strongly inter-disciplinary and consists of economists, computer scientists, mathematicians, geographers, and environmental resource managers. The reFUEL project is hosted at the Institute for Sustainable Economic Development, BOKU University in Vienna.


Johannes Schmidt

is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Economic Development, BOKU University in Vienna. His main research interests are linked to the integrated modelling of energy systems with high shares of renewables. He is interested in developing a comprehensive approach to the assessment of renewable energies, including technical, economic, social, and ecological aspects into his research.


Claude Klöckl

is a mathematician and physicist. His research interest range from quantum physics over information theory to optimization theory. Within the scope of reFUEL he is especially interested in the question how to tackle the tremendous problem size of state-of-the-art high resolution energy market models. From a technical perspective, he is especially interested in the application of linear programming, convex programming and data aggregation methods.


Katharina Gruber

is a project assistant and doctoral student in the reFUEL project. Her previous research focused on the simulation of wind power in Brazil as well as in Germany and the Czech Republic. With interest awoken for renewable energy and its integration into the power system, she now aspires to apply the meanwhile acquired knowledge to larger spatial and thematic areas.


Luis Ramirez Camargo

is leading the Geoinformatics Research Group at the Institute for Applied Informatics, Technische Hochschule Deggendorf in Germany. His research areas include integrated spatial and energy planning, energy meteorology, renewable energies, spatiotemporal modelling and geographic information systems. He is interested in the global scalability of high resolution spatiotemporal models for renewable energies and solar fuels development. Luis will join the team in 2019.


Michael Klingler

is a geographer investigating society-nature relations. His research scope covers rural geography, land-use change, political ecology and visual geographies. For reFUEL he follows up his long-standing research activities in Brazil, focusing on social-ecological transformations of rural areas. Qualitative research, especially ethnographic studies, critical geography and social network analysis, will be introduced to question the impact of renewables on various scales. Michael will join the team in 2019.


Olga Turkovska

joined the reFUEL team in November 2018 as a Post-Doc. Her previous research at IIASA focused on modeling land-use policies and quantifying mitigation potentials in land-use. Her main goal for the reFUEL project is to build a bridge between land-use and energy systems through integrating land-use into our renewable energy model.


Peter Regner

is a PhD candidate working for the reFUEL project. He obtained his master's degree in technical mathematics from the TU Vienna in 2012. During the last six years he was working as software developer with focus on mathematics and physics. While having a more theoretic background in algorithms and data science, his research interest is the application in the field of renewable energies.


Sebastian Wehrle

is a doctoral student and researcher in the reFUEL project, where he researches the economics of electricity systems under climate change. Previously, he gathered over a decade of experience in the energy industry serving as lead economist at an international energy consultancy, strategist at Austria’s largest energy service company and strategic modelling lead at Vienna’s grid operator. He holds an honors degree in economics from the University of Vienna.


Research Associates


Felix Nitsch

is a Research associate at the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart working in the field of energy systems analysis. He is currently involved in the development and application of the agent-based simulation model AMIRIS which allows an assessment of the market integration of renewable energies.


Mathias Kirchner

is senior scientist at the Center for Global Change and Sustainability, BOKU University in Vienna where he leads the Foresight research group. His current research focuses on sustainable transformation pathways. He enjoys working in interdisciplinary research and modelling teams to investigate sustainability issues ranging from climate change and land use (applying integrated modelling frameworks) to equity effects of green tax reforms (applying macroeconomic models).