Dr.-Ing. Wofram Krewitt, head of the department Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment at the DLR-institute of Technical Thermodynamics, died in the late evening of October 8th 2009. With him, the German Aerospace Center loses a world renowned researcher and a respected colleague.
Mr. Krewitt studied Mechanical Engineering with the focus on Energy Technologies at the RWTH Aachen University. Afterwards he supervised a special energy program in Columbia as a Project Assistant for the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ). 1990 he began his PhD studies at the Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Use of Energy (IER) at the University of Stuttgart where he worked as researcher. In 1995 he was promoted to head of the section for Technology Assessment and later became head of the department Mass Flow and Sustainable Development.
In 2001, Mr. Krewitt moved to the Institute for Technical Thermodynamics, first as project leader and within a few years he was named the department head of Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment. The particular focus of his work was the development of energy scenarios as well as the technical evaluation of new technologies in the renewable energy sector.
Under his leadership the department developed internationally and nationally acclaimed studies such as in the area of solar imports (Desertec) as well as key studies on scenarios for a sustainable energy supply (Lead scenario of the German Federal Government, Global energy Scenarios for Greenpeace) and for the development of national heating regulations. He was one of the leading authors for the upcoming Special Report on Renewables for the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), in which strategies are gathered and evaluated for the avoidance of global warming by using renewable energies.
Mr. Krewitt will be remembered as a kind and considerate person with a positive attitude who earned the respect of all his colleagues with his fairness and humour. Mr. Krewitt died at the young age of 47. We would like to express our sincere condolences to his family.
He will be greatly missed.
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