Who we are

EIFER – European Institute for Energy Research

The European Institute for Energy Research was founded by EDF and the KIT in 2002 with the legal structure European Economic Interest Grouping aiming at enhancing collaboration through joint projects applied to industrial issues.
Today, EIFER is recognised as an independent French-German research institute committed to its members and partners. With its applied research orientation EIFER is bridging the gap between science and industry since more than 15 years. In the context of the European energy transition, EIFER provides research-based innovative energy solutions for the sustainable growth of cities, local communities and industries.

Our Vision & Mission

We envision future-proof energy systems aligned with the needs of cities and regions.
With our interdisciplinary expertise and in synergy with our members EDF and KIT, we deliver impartial scientific analyses and innovative solutions supporting the transition to low-carbon, reliable and cost-efficient energy systems.

Our Guiding Principles

Governance

General Assembly of Members
EDF and KIT

Bernard Salha

Senior Vice President EDF R&D and Chief Technical Officer EDF Group

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth

KIT Vice-President for Innovation and International Affairs

Board of Directors

Jacques Sacreste
Didier Roustan
EDF

Prof. Dr. Veit Hagenmeyer
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Leibfried
KIT

EIFER Management

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Pascal Terrien

DIRECTOR

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Nurten Avci

DEPUTY DIRECTOR

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Heike Stockmann

GENERAL AFFAIRS MANAGER

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Ute Karl

SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION MANAGER

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Andreas Koch

STRATEGIC PROJECT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Thierry Dhainaut

Thierry Dhainaut

GROUP MANAGER
Smart and Sustainable Cities

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David Eyler

GROUP MANAGER
Local Multi-Energy Systems

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Mathieu Marrony

GROUP MANAGER
Low Carbon Hydrogen Systems

Nicole Pini

GROUP MANAGER
Energy Transition, Markets, Environment

Our members EDF and KIT

A key player in energy transition, the EDF Group is an integrated electricity company, active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading, energy services. A global leader in low-carbon energies, the Group has developed a diversified generation mix based on nuclear power, hydropower, new renewable energies and thermal energy.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. From fundamental research through to application, it excels in a broad range of disciplines, i.e. in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. It makes significant contributions to the global challenges of mankind in the fields of energy, mobility, and information.