Chair of Resource Economics

Head of Group: Prof. Dr. Svetlana Ikonnikova





On-Going Projects

The Effect of Technology on Interfuel Elasticities:

How Does Technology Influence the Elasticity of Substitution?

The world currently tries to limit the environmental impacts of fossil energy use. A strategic factor is the change from and between fossil fuels towards technologies with a cleaner carbon footprint. This transition can be measured with the „Elasticity of Substitution (ES)“. High values indicate an easy switch between fuels. We analyze how introducing technological change (namely an increase in fuel efficiencies) influences the ES. We further implement a mechanism to discover how the ES is changing over time. We find that especially the ES between coal and gas is decreasing, meaning it is becoming more difficult to substitute coal with the „cleaner“ natural gas.

Project team: Svetlana Ikonnikova, Daniel Gatscher (TUM-CEM).

The Energy Transition of the Global Economy:

Monetary Costs, Environmental Benefits, and Supply Risks

The Energy transition has been accelerating. We analyze the past and expected future changes in energy production, consumption, and international energy trade. Our goal is to understand, project, and advise on the energy transition path, which will allow individual economies to prosper and develop while reducing their emission levels. We take a special look at the energy security implications for the major global energy importing and exporting countries. Read about our first insights here.

Project team: Svetlana Ikonnikova, Sofia Berdysheva (TUM-CEM), Alexander Vaninsky (CUNY, USA).


Competition of H2 Technologies and the Emerging H2 Markets Worldwide

Hydrogen is a versatile carbon-free source of energy that can help re-build our global economy. We focus on developments in hydrogen technologies and with the data on energy resources, their costs and availability around the world, develop a model simulating the emerging H2 markets. Our purpose is to understand: how technical advances along with economic factors will shape the regional hydrogen trade, which countries are likely to export and import H2 and at what price. We combine the macro-level analysis with the micro-level H2 project economics studies, exploring how renewable energy generation can be coupled with H2 production. You can check on our progress here.

Project team: Svetlana Ikonnikova, Bridget Scanlon (UT at Austin), Sofia Berdysheva (TUM-CEM), Shiva Madadkhani.

Firm’s Perspective on the Energy Transition:

Transformation of the Project Portfolio under Financial and Production Constraints

Companies in all the sectors of an economy face a challenge on shifting their activities to reduce carbon footprint. Costs of switching to clean technologies may be high and raise questions on how much and when to invest. We analyze companies decisions and portfolio of projects in order to understand the financial trade-offs of ESG decisions. We model firm’s investment behavior to learn and advise on the transition pathways. Based on the results, we also try to project the likely industry dynamics and foresee possible changes in production. Learn more about the questions here.

Project team: Svetlana Ikonnikova, Sofia Berdysheva (TUM-CEM), Victor Neyra (UT at Austin).

Recent Publications

The Energy Transition and Shifts in Fossil Fuel Use: The Study of International Energy Trade and Energy Security Dynamics, with Sofia Berdysheva, Energies, 14, 5396, 2021

Demonstration and Mitigation of Spatial Sampling Bias for Machine-Learning Predictions, with Wendi Liu, H. Scott Hamlin, Livia Sivila and Michael J. Pyrcz, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering. ​

Can we beneficially reuse produced water from oil and gas extraction in the US?, with Bridget R. Scanlon, Robert C. Reedy, Pei Xu, Mark Engle, J. P. Nicot, David Yoxtheimer and Qian Yang, Science of The Total Environment 717, 137085, 2020

Datasets associated with investigating the potential for beneficial reuse of produced water from oil and gas extraction outside of the energy sector, with Bridget R. Scanlon, Robert C. Reedy, Pei Xu, Mark Engle, J. P. Nicot, David Yoxtheimer and Qian Yang, Data in Brief, 105406, 2020

Will Water Issues Constrain Oil and Gas Production in the United States?, with Bridget R. Scanlon, Qian Yang, and Robert C. Reedy, Environmental Science & Technology 54 (6), 3510-3519, 2020