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Grindelberg 5
D-20144 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 40 42838-6593

Dr. Janosch Ondraczek

Former Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics and guest researcher at the Research Unit Sustainability and Global Change, University of Hamburg.

Short biography

Dr. Janosch Ondraczek studied environmental and resource economics (Master of Science, University College London, 2004) and European business (Diplom-Betriebswirt, University of Applied Sciences, Münster, and Bachelor of Arts, University of Portsmouth, 2003).

Janosch joined FNU in late 2009 and pursued his Ph.D. in Economics on a part-time basis until December 2014. His Ph.D. research at the Research Unit Sustainability and Global Change focused on "Harnessing the sun: The economics of solar photovoltaic electricity in East Africa". As part of his Ph.D. he investigated various economic and social aspects of expanding the use of solar energy in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as globally.

From 2011 to 2014, Janosch was also a guest research scholar at IIASA's research group on Risk, Policy and Vulnerability in Laxenburg, Austria.

Since 2005, Janosch works as a consultant on renewable energy projects (project finance, transactions and strategy advice) at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hamburg, where he currently holds the title of project manager.

Further information: Initiates file downloadacademic C.V. (including list of publications)

Research interests

  • Renewable energy sources (especially wind and solar)
  • Regulation and promotion of renewable energy markets
  • Climate change impacts and mitigation
  • Energy and sustainable development

Selected research publications

Ondraczek, J., Komendantova, N., Patt, A. (2015), Opens external link in new windowWACC the dog: The effect of financing costs on the levelized cost of solar PV power. Renewable Energy (75), March 2015, pp. 888-898.

Ondraczek, J. Initiates file downloadHarnessing the sun: The economics of solar photovoltaic electricity in East Africa. Ph.D. thesis, Universität Hamburg, Department of Economics, December 2014.

Ondraczek, J. (2014), Opens external link in new windowAre we there yet? Improving solar PV economics and power planning in developing countries: The case of Kenya. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (30), February 2014, pp. 604-615.

Lay, J, Ondraczek, J., Stoever, J. (2013), Opens external link in new windowRenewables in the energy transition: Evidence on solar home systems and lighting fuel choice in Kenya. Energy Economics (40), November 2013, pp. 350-359.

Ondraczek, J. (2013), Opens external link in new windowSun’s energy has the potential to power economic growth and development in East Africa. The African Business Review, September/October 2013, pp. 53-55.

Ondraczek, J. (2013), Opens external link in new windowThe sun rises in the east (of Africa): A comparison of the development and status of the solar energy markets in Kenya and Tanzania. Energy Policy (56), May 2013, pp. 407-417.

Ondraczek, J., Stoever, J., Lay, J., Jacobson, A. (2012). Opens external link in new windowHousehold Lighting Fuel Costs in Kenya. Lighting Global Market Intelligence Note, No. 2, December 2012.

Ondraczek, J. (2011), Initiates file downloadThe Sun Rises in the East (of Africa): A Comparison of the Development and Status of the Solar Energy Markets in Kenya and Tanzania , Background Paper. Working Paper FNU-195, University of Hamburg and Centre for Marine and Atmospheric Science, Hamburg.

Contact details

Visiting address:
Room 209, Grindelberg 5, Hamburg

Mailing address:
Research Unit Sustainability and Global Change (FNU)
Center for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (ZMAW)
Hamburg University
Grindelberg 5
20144 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 42838 2053
+49 179 594 5061
+49 40 42838 7009
janosch.ondraczek [at] zmaw.de