Jens Peters

Jens Peters

GET-COFUND MarieCurie Fellow at UAH

Clean energy and low-carbon transitions in the XXI century: economic and policy analysis

About the research project « Clean energy and low-carbon transitions in the XXI century: economic and policy analysis »

Research line : Clean energy and low-carbon transitions in the XXI century: economic and policy analysis

Mentor: Prof. José María Arranz (UAH) and Prof. Javier Dufour Andía (IMDEA Energy)


Within the research project, economic analyses are applied for evaluating the efficiency of policy measures within the city of Madrid for achieving a more sustainable energy system. A focus is put on renewable energy policy and the transport sector, being these two key sectors with very different societal implications. Especially in the transport sector, numerous measures have been taken in the last years by the city for incentivizing alternative mobility and control the often heavy contamination with nitrous oxides and ozone. However, no comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of these measures for reducing environmental impacts has yet been made, while it would be highly beneficial for giving policy recommendations regarding a successful energy transition and a more sustainable urban mobility. Combining different analysis tools like econometrics and life cycle assessment allows for a quantification of reduction of environmental impacts in several relevant categories (e.g., global warming, respiratory inorganics /particle emission). In consequence, a more comprehensive picture of the efficiency of different policy measures for reducing environmental impacts of different type will be obtained. The research is conducted at UAH, Department of Economics in collaboration with IMDEA Energía.


About Jens Peters

Jens Peters holds a diploma degree (Dipl. Ing.) in electrical engineering (communication technologies) from the Technical University of Munich. He worked several years as R&D engineer and project leader in the automotive industry (Ingolstadt, Barcelona) in the development of electronic components. After finishing an MSc. in renewable energies and fuel cells at UIMP / CSIC in Madrid, he started working in the field of system analysis of energy processes at Instituto IMDEA Energía, Madrid. In 2015 he finished his dissertation at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid) about the environmental, economic and thermodynamic assessment of pyrolysis processes for the production of biofuels and biochar. From 2015 to 2019 he was part of the research group ‘Resources, Recycling, Environment & Sustainability’ at Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he worked on the modelling and assessment of novel electrochemical energy storage technologies, with a special focus on material issues, sustainability and recycling of new battery systems. Since October 2019 he is GET Cofund MSCA Fellow at UAH, department of economics, where he will work on policy analysis of low carbon transition pathways. The project is realised in collaboration with IMDEA Energía. Jens is author of 19 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, six book chapters and numerous conference papers and posters.


Most recent publications:

Baumann, M., Weil, M., Peters, J.F., Chibeles-Martins, N., Moniz, A.B. A review of multi-criteria decision making approaches for evaluating energy storage systems for grid applications. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. (2019) 107, pp. 516-534

Peters, J.F., Cruz, A.P., Weil, M. Exploring the economic potential of sodium-ion batteries. Batteries. (2019) 5 (1), 10

Hottenroth, H., Peters, J., Baumann, M., Viere, T., Tietze, I. Life-cycle Analysis for Assessing Environmental Impact. Issues in Environmental Science and Technology. (2019) 46, pp. 261-295

Weber, S.; Peters, J.F.; Baumann, M.; Weil, M. Life cycle assessment of a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery. Environmental Science & Technology. (2018) 52 (18), pp 10864–10873  

Peters, J.F., Weil, M. Providing a common base for life cycle assessments of Li-ion batteries. Journal of Cleaner Production (2018) 171, S. 704-713

Baumann, M., Peters, J., Weil, M., (…), Almeida, P., Wanner, E. Environmental impacts of different battery technologies in renewable hybrid micro-grids. IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe, ISGT-Europe 2017 – Proceedings. (2018)-January, pp. 1-6

Weil, M., Ziemann, S., Peters, J. The Issue of Metal Resources in Li-Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles. Green Energy and Technology (2018) – (9783319699493), pp. 59-74