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Prof. Dr. rer.pol. Georg Erdmann


Head of Department

Berlin University of Technology
Department of Energy Systems
Einsteinufer 25 (TA 8)
10587 Berlin

FT Building, Room 025
Tel:      +49 (0)30 314 24 656

Since 1995, Prof Dr. Georg Erdmann is Professor for Energy Systems at the Institute for Energy Technology, Berlin University of Technology (www.ensys.tu-berlin.de). Between 1982 and 1995 he was Post doc researcher and, Assistant Professor at the Center for Economic Research, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich. During this time he also was Delegate at the Paul Scherer Institute, Villigen (Switzerland). He is trained in Mathematics and Economics, and received his PhD. in Economics at the University of Münster (Germany), in 1981. Erdmann’s research fields cover energy economics including energy market modeling and forecasting, energy market reform, energy trade, investment strategies, financing and risk management, and market entry of new energy technologies such as fuel cells, battery electric vehicles, and other innovations. He has also research experience in industrial economics, environmental economics, evolutionary economics, and regional economics. He is author of several books and scientific articles. His latest book publication is an energy economics textbook (Energy Economics – Theory and Applications, with Prof. Dr. Peter Zweifel and Prof. Dr. Aaron Praktiknjo; see the web site www.energy-economics.eu). He is founder of the company Prognoseforum GmbH (www.prognoseforum.de) which is active in economic forecasting and energy consulting. He is also President of the Board, KSB Energie AG, Berlin which is engaged in providing energy trading services for small and medium sized companies. Among many other mandates he chairs the Gesellschaft für Energiewissenschaft und Energiepolitik (GEE; www.gee.de), German affiliate of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). In 2009 he served as President of the IAEE.


  • 1975 diploma in mathematics (Diplom-Mathematiker), University of Münster
  • 1980 Ph.D. in economics (Dr. rer .pol.), University of Münster
  • 1991 Venia legendi in Economics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (Switzerland)

Employment record
  • 1972–1976 Student Assistant at the Department of Mathematics, University of Münster
  • 1976–1981 Research Associate, Department of Economics, University of Münster
  • 1981–1993 Senior Assistant (1981-1986), scientific adjoint (1987-1993), lecturer (1989-1998) at the Center for Economic Research, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (Switzerland)
  • 1993–1995 Delegate at the Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen (Switzerland)
  • 1995–today Full Professor of Energy Systems at the Faculty of Process Engineering, Berlin University of Technology, 10587 Berlin


Focus on innovations and energy Markets:

  • impact of technical and institutional innovations on given energy market structures
  • market conditions for innovations
  • technological forecasting
  • market forecasting
  • risk analysis

The research results are published in 12 books and in about 60 scientific articles covering different aspects from energy economics, industrial economics, economic theory of innovation, risk assessment, regional economics and energy policy.  


Clients from private companies (energy industry, other commodity industries, manufacturing, construction and service industries), public companies, national and international government institutions and associations. The activities cover:

  • cost-benefit-analyses
  • market research studies
  • strategic investments / innovations (incl. public aspects)
  • research and development strategies (incl. risk assessment)
  • forecasting and scenarios
  • portfoliomodels

  • President of the Gesellschaft für Energiewirtschaft und Energiepolitik (GEE) e. V.
  • Board, International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), Washington D.C.
  • Board, Ampere AG, Berlin (1999-2001)
  • Energiepolitischer Arbeitskreis, CDU Wirtschaftsrat Berlin (Association of Business Leaders)
  • Founder of the Prognoseforum GmbH (spin-of consulting company in 72458 Albstadt, HRB 1279)
  • Energieclub am Gendarmenmarkt (policy association addressing energy issues in the New Laender)
  • Scientific Board, Prime New Energy AG, Olten (investment company launched by Credit Suisse First Boston)
  • Scientific Board, VNG Verbundnetz Gas AG
  • Several award committees, scientific advisory boards and program committees of International Energy Conferences and Scientific Journals


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