Dr. Rainer Janssen is Managing Director Projects at WIP Renewable Energies and Senior Expert in renewable energies, sustainable energy systems and innovative bioeconomy solutions.
He engages in the development of innovative solutions for the transition to a sustainable energy system for the electricity, heating and cooling and transport sectors with special emphasis on technologies, research and innovation policies, market research, social impacts and public awareness as well as the development of supportive framework conditions and policy regulations in the EU and emerging and developing economies. He graduated in Physics (Dr. rer.nat.) at the Technical University of Munich, Walter Schottky Institute, Germany and performed studies at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Janssen coordinated a variety of international and European energy projects (FP5, FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020) and acted as invited expert for the European Commission (DG R&I, DG ENER, DG AGRI), IEA (International Energy Agency) Bioenergy, and GIZ (German Development Cooperation).
Since 2009, he is member of the Steering Committee of the RHC ETIP (European Technology & Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling) and served as Vice-President and Chair of the Biomass Technology Panel from 2013 until 2018. Dr. Janssen is member of working group 4 on “Policy and Sustainability” of ETIP Bioenergy. In 2014, he participated in the expert Working Group for the elaboration of the SET-Plan Integrated Roadmap on behalf of the RHC ETIP. Finally, since 2012 Dr. Janssen is biomass expert for the GIZ on national and international developments in the area of biomass and biofuels and Vice-President of EUREC, the Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres. In 2018, Dr. Janssen was elected EUREC President for the term 2018-2020.