Dr. Tom Kober

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Group Leader

Paul Scherrer Institute
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI
Switzerland




Since 2016, Tom leads the Energy Economics Group of the Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis at PSI. He has gained expertise in energy technology and energy policy through his research in the field of integrated energy systems modelling over more than 12 years. As scientist at PSI, and before at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and at the Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER), he was involved in numerous international research projects. Tom’s current research interests concern Swiss and international strategies for sustainable energy systems and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. This includes the analysis of the interplay of energy supply and demand, and the systemic analysis of technologies for sector coupling and energy storage. He is involved in the research connected to several Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research and to the Swiss Office of Energy, as well as research provided to the European Commission and the World Energy Council. Tom studied industrial engineering and management at Dresden University of Technology and holds a PhD from University of Stuttgart.

Dr.-Ing. Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER), University of Stuttgart, Germany
Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. Dresden University of Technology, Germany
2012 - 2016 Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) ECN
2005 - 2011 IER (University of Stuttgart), Germany IER
A list of publications until Dec2018 can be downloaded here.

Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Arango-Aramburo, S., Turner, S., Daenzer, K., Ríos-Ocampo, J., Hejazi, S., Kober, T., Álvarez-Espinosa, A., Romero-Otalora, G., van der Zwaan, B., (2019). Climate impacts on hydropower in Colombia: A multi-model assessment of power sector adaptation pathways, Energy Policy, Vol. 128, pp. p.179-188, DOI:10.1016/j.enpol.2018.12.057

Lucena, A., Hejaz, M., Vasquez-Arroyo, E., Turner, S., Köberle, A.C., Daenzer, K., Rochedo P.R.R., Kober, T., Cai, Y., Beach R.H., Gernaat D., van Vuuren, D., van der Zwaan, B. (2018). Interactions between climate change mitigation and adaptation: The case of hydropower in Brazil, Energy, Vol. 164, pp. p.1161-1177, doi:10.1016/j.energy.2018.09.005

Dalla, F., Strikkers L., Kober T., van der Zwaan, B. (2018). Advancing Energy Access Modelling with Geographic Information System Data, Environmental Modeling & Assessment, pp. p.1-11, doi:10.1007/s10666-018-9627-1

Schiffer, HW., Kober, T., Panos, E. (2018). World Energy Council’s Global Energy Scenarios to 2060, Zeitschrift für Energiewirtschaft, Vol. p.1-12, pp. doi.org/10.1007/s12398-018-0225-3

Kober, T., Panos, E., Volkart K. (2018). Energy system challenges of deep global CO2 emissions reduction under the World Energy Council’s scenario framework, In Giannakidis G., K. Karlsson, M. Labriet, B. Ó Gallachóir (eds.) Limiting Global Warming to Well Below 2°C: Energy System Modelling and Policy Development, p. 17-31

van der Zwaan, B., Halstead, M., Kober, T. (2018). Water Stress Implications of Energy Scenarios for the Middle East: an Assessment of Risks and Uncertainties, In TRANSrisk Special Edition in Springer “Understanding risks and uncertainties in energy and climate policy: Multidisciplinary methods and tools towards a low carbon society”, Vol. Downland, pp. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-03152-7_6

van der Zwaan, B., Kober, T. Longa, F.D., van der Laan, A., Kramer G.J., (2018). An Integrated Assessment of Pathways for Low-Carbon Development in Africa, Energy Policy, Vol. 117, pp. 387-395, doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.03.017

Arias-Gaviria, J., van der Zwaan, B., Kober, T., Arango-Aramburo, S. (2017). The prospects for Small Hydropower in Colombia, Renewable Energy, Vol. 107, pp. 204-214, DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2017.01.054

Jewell, J., Vinichenko, V., McCollum, D., Bauer, N., Riahi, K., Aboumahboub, T., Fricko, O., Harmsen, M., Kober, T., Krey, V., Marangoni, G., Tavoni, M., van Vuuren, D., van der Zwaan, B., Cherp, A. (2016). Comparison and interactions between the long-term pursuit of energy independence and climate policies, Nature Energy, Vol. Vol. 1, pp. Article number: 16073, DOI: 10.1038/nenergy.2016.73

James Glynn, Patrícia Fortes, Anna Krook-Riekkola, Maryse Labriet, Marc Vielle, Socrates Kypreos, Antti Lehtilä, Peggy Mischke, Hancheng Dai, Maurizio Gargiulo, Per Ivar Helgesen, Tom Kober, Phil Summerton, Bruno Merven, Sadrine Selosen, Kenneth Karlsson, Neil Strachan, and Brian Ó Gallachóir (2015). Economic Impacts of Future Changes in the Energy System – Global Perspectives, In Giannakidis, G., Labriet, M., Ó Gallachóir, B., Tosato, G (eds.) Informing Energy and Climate Policies Using Energy Systems Models - Insights from Scenario Analysis Increasing the Evidence Base, Vol. 30, pp. 333-358, Springer ISBN 978-3-319-16540-0

James Glynn, Patrícia Fortes, Anna Krook-Riekkola, Maryse Labriet, Marc Vielle, Socrates Kypreos, Antti Lehtilä, Peggy Mischke, Hancheng Dai, Maurizio Gargiulo, Per Ivar Helgesen, Tom Kober, Phil Summerton, Bruno Merven, Sadrine Selosen, Kenneth Karlsson, Neil Strachan, and Brian Ó Gallachóir (2015). Economic Impacts of Future Changes in the Energy System – National Perspectives, In Giannakidis, G., Labriet, M., Ó Gallachóir, B., Tosato, G (eds.) Informing Energy and Climate Policies Using Energy Systems Models - Insights from Scenario Analysis Increasing the Evidence Base, Vol. 30, pp. 359-387, Springer ISBN 978-3-319-16540-0

Technical Reports and Working Papers

Friedl, M., Kober, T., Kannan, R., Mühlethaler, J. (2018). Fokusstudie «Saisonale Flexibilisierung einer nachhaltigen Energieversorgung der Schweiz», __, pp. Forum Energiespeicher Schweiz, Bern, The report can be downloaded from Forum Energiespeicher Schweiz ,Bern

Davis, G., S. Kim, T. Kober, and E. Panos (2017). Latin America and The Caribbean Energy Scenarios, __, Vol. World Energy Council. London, Download

Shivakumar, A., Faure, A., Normark, B., Gupta, S., Kober, T., Bauer, Ch., Xiaojin, Z. (2016). Electricity storage in a redesigned market, __, INSIGHT_E Rapid Response Energy Brief 10, link

Davis, G., Vargas, M., Kober, T., Panos, E., Volkart, K. et al. (2016). World Energy Scenarios - The Grand Transition, __, Project Partner Accenture Strategy and Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). World Energy Council, London, ISBN 978-0-946121-57-1

Shivakumar, A., Anjo J., Miller, M., Pye, S., Rouelle, P.B., Densing, M., Kober, T. (2017). Smart energy solutions in the EU: State of play and measuring progress, __, INSIGHT_E Policy Report, Abstract and Download

Fuchs, A., Demiray, T., Panos E., Kannan, R., Kober, T., Bauer, C., Schenler, W., Burgherr, P., Hirschberg, S. (2017). ISCHESS - Integration of stochastic renewables in the Swiss electricity supply system, __, Final report of the Swiss Competence Center Energy and Mobility.

Presenations

Kober, T., Panos, E. (2018). Energy system implications of a well-below 2C emissions trajectory, Annual conference of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies, Oslo, Norway, 22 Nov. 2018, Download

Kober, T. (2018). Power-to-X Technologies and Market Environment in Switzerland, 7th Symposium Heat and Electricity Storage, Rapperswil, 6 November 2018

Panos, E., Densing, M., Kober, T. (2018). Langfristige Preisentwicklungen im Strommarkt, SWISSCLEANTECH Tutorial, Zürich, 23. Oktober 2018

Panos, E., Kober, T. (2018). Langfristige Perspektiven von Speichertechnologien und alternativen Flexibilitätsoptionen in der Schweiz, ZHAW Energie- und Umweltforum, Winterthur, 24 October 2018

Kannan, R., Kober, T. (2018). Incorporating detailed technology data in bottom-up energy systems models: Insights from Swiss and international studies, Asian Energy Modelling Workshop, Singapore, 10-11 September 2018

Kober, T., Panos, E (2018). Energy System Challenges of deep global CO2 emissions reduction under the World Energy Council’s scenario framework, 37th International Energy Workshop, Gothenburg, Sweden, 19 June 2018

Kober, T., Panos, E., Densing, M. Kannan, R. (2018). Zukünftige Rolle der Schweizer Wasserkraft im Gesamtenergiesystem, VSE Fachtagung “Zukunft der Wasserkraft", Olten, 27. June 2018, Program

Singh, A., Kannan, R., Kober, T., (2018). Long-term evolution of European electricity sector, The 37th International Energy Workshop, Gothenburg, Sweden, 19-21 June 2018,, Download Presentation

Kannan, R., Kober, T. (2018). Tradeoff between system embedded and dedicated energy storage in integrating large share of renewables, The 37th International Energy Workshop, Gothenburg, Sweden, 19-21 June 2018,, Download Presentation

Kober, T., Friedl, M., Mühlethaler, J. (2018). Saisonale Flexibilisierungs-möglichkeiten der Energie-versorgung in der Schweiz, FESS Speicher-Roundtable, Bern, 28. Februar 2018, Presentation

Panos,E., Kober, T. (2018). Long-term evaluation of electricity-based storage technologies vs alternative flexibility options for the Swiss energy system, Treffen der Studiengruppe Energieperspektiven, Baden, 22.3.2018

Kober, T., Panos, E., Volkart, K., Hirschberg, S. (2017). World Energy Scenarios 2016, World Resources Forum 2017, Geneva, Switzerland, 24-25 October 2017, Poster

Kober, T., Yazdanie, M. Densing, M. (2017). Energiedrehscheibe Basel: Langfristuntersuchungen der zukünftigen Basler Energielandschaft basierend auf einem ökonomischen Optimierungsmodell, in novatlantis Bauforum, Basel, 21. Juni 2017, Presentation

Panos,E., Kober, T., Kannan, R. (2017). Die Bedeutung von Flexibilitaetsoptionen und Netzen fuer die langfristige Entwicklung des schweizer Electrizitaetssystems, in VDI-Berichte 2303, VDI Verlag GmbH - Duesseldorf 2017, Abstract

Kober, T., et al. (2016). Macroeconomic impacts of climate change mitigation in Latin America: a cross-model comparison, __, pp. International Energy Workshop, 1-3 June 2016