Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Joachim (Jo) Seel is a Scientific Engineering Associate at the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on solar and wind market developments, the integration of high shares of intermittent and distributed renewable generation into the electricity grid, and associated effects on electricity markets. Of special interest to him are international comparative studies and the deduction of best practices, such as in his study explaining PV pricing trends in both the United States and Germany. He presented in front of the California Governor, the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and at academic and industry conferences.

His past work experience includes stations at the European Parliament in Belgium, the American Wind Energy Association in Washington, D.C., the Commission for Renewable Energy Development at the Chinese Energy Ministry in Beijing and the German Federal Ministry for Energy and the Economy in Berlin. He has consulted a number of private and public sector clients on energy economics, renewable energy technologies and energy policy including a major American utility, a multinational electrical device manufacturer, solar thermal project developers and enterprises in the biogas sector.

Joachim Seel holds a PhD and MS of Energy and Resources and a Master in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. A native of Hamburg, Jo came to the Bay Area from the international Jacobs University in Germany, where he studied environmental policies and international relations.

Experience

  • –present
    Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Education

  • 2017 
    University of California, Berkeley, PhD in Energy and Resources
  • 2012 
    University of California, Berkeley, Master in Public Policy
  • 2012 
    University of California, Berkeley, MS in Energy and Resources