Dr. Peter Viebahn

Head of Research Unit Sectors and Technologies

Future Energy and Industry Systems
Peter Viebahn
+49 202 2492-306
+49 202 2492-198

Education and Academic Training

  • Studies of mathematics, economy, and computer sciences at the University of Siegen (university diploma in mathematics)
  • Postgraduate studies of applied systems sciences at the University of Osnabrueck (university diploma in systems sciences)
  • PhD in the field of life cycle assessment at the University of Osnabrueck

Professional Experience

  • Since January 2019: Head of Research Unit Sectors and Technologies
  • November 2012 - December 2018: Co-Director Division Future Energy and Mobility Structures
  • Since June 2009: Research Development Co-ordinator for Systems Analysis at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
  • Since October 2007: Senior Researcher at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
  • 2002 - 2007 Senior research fellow and project co-ordinator at the German Aerospace Center, Stuttgart (division of systems analysis and technology assessment)
  • 1995 - 2002 Research fellow, PhD student, and project co-ordinator at the University of Osnabrueck
  • 1992 Research fellow at the universities of Siegen and Osnabrueck

Research Focus

  • Economic and ecological assessment of new energy technologies
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Material and energy flow analysis
  • Energy systems and energy scenario analysis
  • Infrastructure analysis
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS)
  • Concentrating solar power (CSP)


  • University of Osnabrück "Energiesystemanalyse I" und "Energiesystemanalyse II" (Energy Systems Analysis) in Bachelor and Master programs Angewandte Systemwissenschaft, Umweltsystemwissenschaft, Umweltsysteme und Ressourcenmanagement, from 2012


  • Advisory Board of Sustainability Research Center (artec) of the University of Bremen
  • Advisory Board of The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS), Maastricht/Osnabrück
  • Federation of German Scientists (VDW), Berlin
  • Institut für Ökologische Betriebswirtschaft (IÖB), Siegen
  • Öko-Institut e.V.
  • GLS Gemeinschaftsbank, Bochum


  • Peer-reviewed journals: Applied Energy; Energy Policy; Environmental Science & Technology; International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control; Journal of Industrial Ecology; International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment; Engineering & Technology Reference; Environmental Modeling and Assessment; International Journal of Energy Sector Management; International Journal of Sustainable Energy; Journal of Cleaner Production; Sustainability; The Journal of Supercritical Fluids
  • Conferences: International Conference on Energy Sustainability; International Sustainability Transitions Conference (IST); International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT)
  • Proposals: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF); Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)