Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Mario Ragwitz

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Deputy Head of Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets, Coordinator of Business Unit Renewable Energies

Experience

Mario Ragwitz is a physicist who has professional experience in the areas of modeling complex dynamic systems, techno-economical analysis of energy systems in the field of energy and climate policy with focus on renewable energies. He studied physics at the universities of Düsseldorf, Waterloo (Canada) and Heidelberg and completed his doctorate in theoretical physics (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Wuppertal (2001). He worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems (1998-2000) and as a visiting researcher at the University of Texas at Austin (2000) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2007 and 2011). Since September 2002 senior scientist and project manager at the Fraunhofer ISI, since 2008 Coordinator of Business Unit Renewable Energies and since 2012 Deputy Head of Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets. Since 2014 honorary professor at the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources.

Work focus

His current scientific work includes problems of innovation research, policy analysis and financing of renewable energies, the derivation of R&D strategies and strategies for the market launch of renewable energy technologies and the modeling of energy systems with renewable energy carriers. His duties included in particular the derivation of EU objectives for renewable energies for the year 2020 and the development and evaluation of EU guide lines for renewable energies and the German Renewable Energy Act.
In addition to the German federal government he advises the European Commission, the German Bundestag, the European Parliament, the World Bank, other national governments and companies.

Academic Teaching

Honorary professor at the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources.

Projects (selection)

  • DIA-CORE: Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of RES policy in EU Member States (on behalf of the European Commission) 

  • Zukunftswerkstatt Erneuerbare Energien ( Think-Tank Renewable Energies) – key project of the BMU on the reform of the EEG (on behalf of the German Ministry of the Environment) 

  • Beyond 2020 - Design and impact of a harmonised policy for renewable electricity in Europe (on behalf of the European Commission) 

  • Analysis of the RES technology diffusion in EU-MENA until 2050 and compatibility of future European RES-E support schemes with the regulatory framework for electricity generation in MENA countries (on behalf of the Dii) 

  • Evaluation of instruments to improve the market integration of renewable electricity in Germany / Bewertung der Direktvermarktung Erneuerbarer Energien (on behalf of the German Ministry of the Environment) 

  • Re-Shaping: Shaping an effective and efficient European renewable energy market (on behalf of the European Commission) 

  • Development of an integrated strategy for the heating and cooling sector in Germany  
    Combined Renewable Energy Master Plan (CREMP) for Egypt (on behalf of KfW) 

  • EMPLOY-RES:   The impact of renewable energy policy on economic growth and employment in the European Union (on behalf of the European Commission) 

  • OPTRES: Assessment and optimisation of renewable energy support schemes in the European electricity market (on behalf of the European Commission) 

  • PowerACE: PowerACE: Effects of the CO2 emission trading and of the enhanced use of renewable energy sources on the liberalised electricity market (on behalf of the Volkswagen Foundation)

  • GREMP: Global Markets and Policies for Renewable Energies (on behalf of the IEA)   Globale Märkte und Politikmaßnahmen für erneuerbare Energien

  • MENA Region - Regional Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Scale-up Initiative (on behalf of the World Bank) 

Publications

Books

Schleich, J.; Walz, R.; Ragwitz, M. (2017): Effects of policies on patenting in wind-power technologies. Energy Policy, 108, 684–695. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.06.043

Duscha, V., Fougeyrollas, A., Nathani, C., Pfaff, M., Ragwitz, M., Resch, G., Schade, W., Breitschopf, B., Walz, R. (2016): Renewable energy deployment in Europe up to 2030 and the aim of a triple dividend. Energy Policy 95, August 2016, p. 314-323

R. Walz, M. Ragwitz (2011): Erneuerbare Energien aus Sicht der Innovationsforschung , Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag, 2011, VI, 129 pp. ISI-Schriftenreihe Innovationspotenziale, ISBN: 3-8396-0318-8

M. Ragwitz, A. Held, G. Resch, T. Faber, R. Haas, C. Huber, R. Coeanraads, M. Voogt, G. Reece, P.E: Morthorst, S.G. Jensen, I. Konstantinaviciute, B. Heyder (2007): Assessment and Optimisation of renewable energy support schemes in the European electricity market, Fraunhofer IRB Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8167.

M. Ragwitz, J. Schleich, C. Huber, G. Resch, T. Faber, M. Voogt, H. Cleijne, P. Bodo (2005): Analysis of the renewable energy's evolution up to 2020, FORRES 2020, Fraunhofer IRB Verlag, ISBN 3-8167-6893-8

M. Ragwitz; M. Durstewitz; and C. Hendriks (Editors) Energy Scientific & Technological Indicators and References. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the EC, 2005, Document EUR 21611.

Guest Editor of scientific journal

W. Eichhammer, M. Ragwitz, B. Schlomann: Financing instruments to promote energy efficiency and renewables in times of tight public budgets , Special Issue: Energy & Environment Vol. 24 (1-2), pp. 1-26 (2013), 

M. Ragwitz, and C. Huber: Status Quo and the Future of Renewable Energies in Europe. Special Issue: Energy & Environment Vol. 17, Number 6, 2006.

Peer reviewed journal articles

Schleich, J.; Walz, R.; Ragwitz, M. (2017): Effects of policies on patenting in wind-power technologies. Energy Policy, 108, 684–695. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.06.043

M. Ragwitz, S. Steinhilber
Effectiveness and efficiency of support schemes for electricity from renewable energy sources , accepted for publication at WIREs Energy Environment (2013).

F. Sensfuß, M. Klobasa, J. Winkler, M. Ragwitz
Market Integration of renewable electricity generation – The German Market Premium model , submitted for publication Energy and Environment Vol. 24, No. 1 & 2, (2013).  

J. Steinbach, F. Seefeldt, E. Brandt, V. Bürger, U. Jacobshagen, M. Kachel, M. Nast, M. Ragwitz
State budget independent, market-based instruments to finance renewable heat strategies, Energy and Environment Vol. 24, No. 1 & 2, (2013).  

G. Resch, M. Gephart, S. Steinhilber, C. Klessmann, P. del Rio, M. Ragwitz
Coordination or harmonisation? Feasible pathways for a European RES strategy beyond 2020, Energy and Environment Vol. 24, No. 1 & 2, (2013).  

J. Steinbach, M. Ragwitz, V. Bürger , L. Becker , L. Kranzl, M. Hummel, A. Müller
Analysis of harmonisation options for renewable heating support policies in the European Union,
Energy Policy, upcoming, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2011.11.086, (2011).

C. Kost, B. Pfluger, W. Eichhammer, M. Ragwitz, Fruitful symbiosis: Why an export bundled with wind energy is the most feasible option for North African concentrated solar power, Energy Policy, volume 39, issue 11, pp. 7136 – 7145 (2011).

C. Kleßmann, A. Held, M. Rathmann, M. Ragwitz
Status and perspectives of renewable energy policy and deployment in the European Union – what is needed to reach the 2020 targets?, Energy policy 39 (2011), No.12, pp.7637-7657 (2011).

R. Haas, G. Resch, Ch. Panzer, S. Busch, M. Ragwitz, A. Held
Efficiency and Effectiveness of Promotion Systems for Electricity Generation from Renewable Energy Sources - Lessons from EU Countries, Energy, volume 36, issue 4, pp. 2186 – 2193 (2011).

R. Haas, Ch. Panzer, G. Resch, M. Ragwitz, G. Reece, A. Held
A Historical Review of Promotion Strategies for Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources in EU Countries , Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, volume 15, issue 2, pp. 1003 – 1034 (2011).

C. Kleßmann, P. Lamers, M. Ragwitz, G. Resch
Design Options for Cooperation Mechanisms under the New European Renewable Energy Directive   
Energy Policy 38, 4679–4691, (2010)

M. Ragwitz, G. Resch, P. del Río González
Assessing the advantages and drawbacks of government trading of guarantees of origin for renewable electricity in Europe
Energy Policy , 37 , 1, 300-307, (2009) .

H. Auer, G. Resch, R. Haas, A. Held, M. Ragwitz
Regulatory instruments to deliver the full potential of renewable energy sources of efficiently , European review of energy markets 3, No.2, pp.91-124 (2009).

A. Johnston, K. Neuhoff, D. Fouquet, M. Ragwitz, G. Resch
The Proposed New EU Renewables Directive: Interpretation, Problems and Prospects
European Energy and Environmental Law Review 17 , 3, 126-145, (2008).

V. Bürger, S. Klinski, U. Lehr, U. Leprich, M. Nast, M. Ragwitz
Policies to Support Renewable Energies in the Heat Market
Energy Policy, 36 , 8, 3140-3149, (2008).

F. Sensfuß, M. Ragwitz and M. Genoese
The Merit-order effect: A detailed analysis of the price effect of renewable electricity generation on spot market prices in Germany
Energy Policy, 36 , 8, 3076-3084, (2008).

H. Doukas, G. A. Papadopoulou, J. Psarras, M. Ragwitz and B. Schlomann
Sustainable reference methodology for energy end-use efficiency data in the EU
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 12 , 2159–2176 (2008).

F. Sensfuß, M. Genoese, M. Ragwitz and D. Möst
Agent-based simulation of electricity markets - A literature review
Energy Studies Review 15 , 2 (2007).

G. Resch, M. Ragwitz, A. Held, T. Faber, R. Haas
Feed-in tariffs and quotas for renewable energy in Europe
CESifo DICE Report, Volume 5, Issue 4, Pages 26-32 (2007).

M. Ragwitz, C. Huber and G. Resch
Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources: Effects on Innovation
International Journal of Public Policy 2 , 1/2, 32-56, (2007).

K. D. Patlitzianas, H. Doukas, A. G. Kagiannas and J. Psarras
H. Doukas; W. Mannsbart, K.D. Patlitzianas, J. Psarras; M. Ragwitz; B. Schlomann
A Methodology for Validating the Renewable Energy Data in EU
Renewable Energy 33 , 5, 966-973, (2007).

Kranzl, Lukas; Stadler, Michael; Huber, Claus; Haas, Reinhard; Ragwitz, Mario; Brakhage, Anselm; Gula, Adam; Figorski, Arkadiusz
Deriving Efficient Policy Portfolios Promoting Sustainable Energy Systems - Case Studies Applying Invert Simulation Tool
Renewable Energy 31 , 15, 2393-2410, (2006).

A. Held, M. Ragwitz and R. Haas,
On the Success of Policy Strategies for the Promotion of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources in the EU
Energy & Environment 17 , 6, 849-868, (2006).

M. Ragwitz and A. Miola
Evidence from RD&D Spending for Renewable Energy Sources in the EU
Renewable Energy 30 , 11, 1635-1647, (2005).

H. Kantz, D. Holstein, M. Ragwitz and N. K. Vitanov
Markov chain model for turbulent wind speed data
Physica A 342 315 (2004).

H. Kantz and M. Ragwitz
Phase space reconstruction and nonlinear predictions for stationary and nonstationary Markovian processes
Int. J. Bifurcation and Chaos 14 , 1935 (2004).

E. Ferreti Manfra, M. Ragwitz and H. Kantz
Measuring the Evolution Distance of Genotype Distributions of a Species
Complexity 8 , 51-56 (2003).

W. Just, H  Kantz, M.Ragwitz and F. Schmüser
Nonequilibrium physics meets time series analysis: measuring probability currents from data series
Europhys. Lett. 62 28-34 (2003).

G. Hernández-Cruz, H. Kantz, T. Letz, M. Ragwitz, E. Ramos and R. Rechtman
Noise induced fluctuations of period lengths of stable periodic orbits ,
Phys. Rev. E 67 036210 (2003).

M. Ragwitz, C. N. Baroud, B. B. Plapp and H. L. Swinney
Nonlinear determinism in time series measurements of 2-dimensional turbulence
Physica D 162 , 244-255 (2002).

M. Ragwitz and H. Kantz
Markov models from data by simple nonlinear time series predictors in delay embedding spaces
Physical Review E 65 , 056201 (2002).

M. Ragwitz and H. Kantz
Indispensable finite time corrections for Fokker-Planck equations from time series data
Physical Review Letters 87 , 254501 (2001).

M. Ragwitz and H. Kantz
Detecting nonlinear structure and predicting turbulent gusts in surface wind velocities
Europhysics Letters 51 , 595-601 (2000).

M. Ragwitz and F. Wegner
Flow equations for electron-phonon interactions: phonon damping
European Physical Journal B 8 , 9-17 (1999).

M. Ragwitz, and C. Huber:
Status Quo and the Future of Renewable Energies in Europe
Special Issue: Energy & Environment Vol. 17, Number 6, 2006.

Papers at conferences and book contributions

R. Haas, S. Busch, G. Resch, M. Ragwitz, A. Held
Promoting electricity from renewable energy sources in emerging and developing countries - lessons learned from the EU
International Conference on Energy and Sustainability, Energy and sustainability III, Southampton: WIT Press, ISBN: 978-1-8456-4508-3 , pp.241-252 (2011).

F. Sensfuß, M. Ragwitz
Weiterentwickeltes Fördersystem für die Vermarktung von erneuerbarer Stromerzeugung
7. Internationale Energiewirtschaftstagung an der TU Wien (2011).

M. Ragwitz
Förderung erneuerbarer Energien - teuer oder innovativ?
7. Internationale Energiewirtschaftstagung an der TU Wien (2011).

F. Sensfuß, M. Ragwitz
Entwicklung eines Fördersystems für die Vermarktung von erneuerbarer Stromerzeugung
6. Internationale Energiewirtschaftstagung an der TU Wien (2009).

Patents

M. Ragwitz and H. Kantz
Verfahren und Vorrichtung zur Verarbeitung und Vorhersage von Strömungsparametern
turbulenter Medien
DE 100 33 183 A1, erteilt am 24.01.2002.