Dr. phil. Dipl.-Systemwiss. Sascha Holzhauer


[Translate to English:] Sascha Holzhauer
+49 561 804-6513
+49 561 804-6027
Wilhelmshöher Allee 73
34121 Kassel
WA-altes Gebäude (WA 73), ohne Raumangabe
Consultation Hours

on appointment (room 1517/18 in building 4500)

Research interests

The focus of my research is on communication architectures and new market designs of the energy system. These are required to address the challenges of increasingly decentralised and more fluctuating power generation, and to guarantee stable and efficient energy provision. I apply methods of agent-based simulation and network analysis.
  • Agent-based simulation
  • network analysis


Heat Trans­ition of the Urban Build­ing Stock by In­ter­act­ive De­cision Space Ana­lysis

08/2022 - 07/2025

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hoffmann, Clemens
Dr. Krebs, Friedrich; Dr. Holzhauer, Sascha; Digel, Ivan; Kaiser, Alwina

The project WAERMER shall apply a methodical integration of energy system optimisation on an urban level and agent-based modelling of individual investment behaviour including preferences and scope of action. It shall help identify the requirements for a successful transition of heat provision in the urban building stock towards CO2-neutrality. Building owners are surveyed about relevant factors of their investment decision making. In an iterative process, measures to incentivise individual investments can be developed and simulated as well as required adaptations to the technical energy system identified. The agent-based modelling explicitly considers the influence of energy consultants and craftspeople concerning their changing knowledge and recommendations.


2023Holzhauer, S., Krebs, F., & Jansen, L. (2023). Dynamics of Individual Investments in Heating Technology. In F. Squazzoni (Ed.), Advances in Social Simulation (pp. 489–497). Cham: Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-34920-1_39
2021Holzhauer, S., & Krebs, F. (2021). Managing flexibility in the distribution grid. In Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) (Ed.), 5th E-Mobility Power System Integration Symposium (EMOB 2021) (pp. 121–127). https://doi.org/10.1049/icp.2021.2514
2020Holzhauer, S., Krebs, F., & Nölle, C. (2020). Simulating a Direct Energy Market: Products, Performance, and Social Influence. In H. Verhargen, M. Borit, G. Bravo, & N. Wijermans (Eds.), Advances in social simulation (pp. 233–238). Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-34127-5_21
2020Kocheril, G., Krebs, F., Nacken, L., & Holzhauer, S. (2020). Open and Integrative Modelling in Energy System Transitions - Conceptual Discussion about Model Reusability, Framework Requirements and Features. In 2019 SSC (Ed.), SSC2019 Proceedings (pp. 1–x). Springer.
2020Holzhauer, S., Krebs, F., Schön, A., & Braun, M. (2020). Using Prosumer Flexibility through a Direct Energy Market. In D. Schulz (Ed.), NEIS 2020 - Conference on Sustainable Energy Supply and Energy Storage Systems Hamburg, 14 – 15 September 2020 (pp. 255–260). Berlin: VDE-Verlag.
2019Prasanna, A., Holzhauer, S., & Krebs, F. (2019). Overview of machine learning and data-driven methods in agent-based modeling of energy markets. In D. K., G. K., L. M., & S. G. (Eds.), INFORMATIK 2019: 50 Jahre Gesellschaft für Informatik – Informatik für Gesellschaft. Bonn: Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.. (pp. 571–584). https://doi.org/10.18420/inf2019_73
2018Holzhauer, S., Krebs, F., Fischer, T., & Mackensen, R. (2018). Architekturmodelle und Datenkonzepte im multimodalen Energiesystem. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3072736
2017Holzhauer, S. (2017). Dynamic social networks in agent-based modelling. Kassel University Press, Kassel. https://doi.org/10.19211/KUP9783737602631


02/2022Ladeinfrastruktur 2.0
Holzhauer, Sascha
5. Stakeholder Meeting EMOBICITY
09/2021Managing Flexibility in the Distribution Grid
Holzhauer, Sascha
5th E-Mobility Power System Integration Symposium
08/2018Dynamic Social Networks in Agent-based Modelling
Holzhauer, Sascha
Social Simulation Conference 2018
Stockholm, Sweden
08/2018Simulating a direct energy market - Products, performance, and social influence
Holzhauer, Sascha
Social Simulation Conference 2018
Stockholm, Sweden


since 2017Senior scientist at the University of Kassel, Integrated Energy Systems
2013-2016Research associate at the University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences
2008-2013Research associate at the Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR), University of Kassel
2005Environmental Science and Computer Science at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
2002-2008Diploma in Applied Systems Science at the University of Osnabrück (diploma thesis: Developing a Social Network Analysis and Visualisation Module for Repast Models)