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Patrick Lamers

Researcher IV-Decision Support Analysis


Patrick is a member of the Resources and Sustainability Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center, where he focuses on integrated life-cycle and systems sustainability analysis. As the Systems-level Analysis Lead, he provides program support to the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office and is currently the U.S. co-lead for the IEA Bioenergy Task 45 on Climate and Sustainability Effects of Bioenergy within the Broader Bioeconomy. Patrick has lived and worked on four continents, managing interdisciplinary and often international projects for the private sector, governmental, and non-governmental agencies in renewable energy. He (co-) authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies and served as a contributing author to international reports including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. He renews his energy by spending time with his kids, in the mountains, and playing music.

Research Interests

Integrated sustainability analysis
(Prospective) life-cycle analysis
Negative emissions
Energy systems modeling
International collaboration


Ph.D. in Energy & Resources, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2014
M.S. in Environmental Management & Policy, Lund University, Sweden, 2006
M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, 2005

Prior Work Experience

Collaborative appointee (INL and NREL), NREL, Golden, CO (2018)
Principal investigator, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), located at NREL, Golden, CO (2014-2018)
Founder, Mountain View Research, LLC, Denver, CO (2014)
Researcher, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University, the Netherlands (2012-2013)
Senior project manager, NAVIGANT (ECOFYS Germany), Berlin, Germany (2009-2013)
Project manager, Berlin Energy Agency, Berlin, Germany (2007-2008)
Researcher, Fundación Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2006)
Researcher, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy, Germany (2005)
Analyst, Sustainable Business Network, Auckland, New Zealand (2003)

Featured Work

Thrän, D., K. Schaubach, D. Peetz, M. Junginger, T. Mai-Moulin, F. Schipfer, O. Olsson and P. Lamers (2019). The dynamics of the global wood pellet markets and trade – key regions, developments and impact factors. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 13(2): 267-280 DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1910.

Prisley, S., C. Gaudreault, P. Lamers, et al. (2019). Comment on Sterman et al. (2018) “Does replacing coal with wood lower CO2 emissions? Dynamic lifecycle analysis of wood bioenergy”. Environmental Research Letters 13(12):

Junginger, H. M., T. Mai-Moulin, V. Daioglou, U. Fritsche, R. Guisson, C. Hennig, D. Thrän, J. Heinimö, J. R. Hess, P. Lamers, C. Li, K. Kwant, O. Olsson, S. Proskurina, T. Ranta, F. Schipfer and M. Wild (2019). The future of biomass and bioenergy deployment and trade: a synthesis of 15 years IEA Bioenergy Task 40 on sustainable bioenergy trade. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 13(2): 247-266 DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1993.

Cai, H., J. Markham, S. Jones, P. T. Benavides, J. B. Dunn, M. Biddy, L. Tao, P. Lamers, S. Phillips (2018). Techno-economic analysis and life-cycle analysis of two light-duty bio-blendstocks: isobutanol and aromatic rich hydrocarbons. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6(7), 8790–8800.

Lamers, P., R. Nguyen, D. Hartley, J. Hansen, E. Searcy (2018). Biomass market dynamics supporting the large-scale deployment of high-octane fuel production in the United States. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 10(7), 460-472.

Lauer, M., J. Hansen, P. Lamers, D. Thrän (2018). Making money from waste: the economic viability of producing biogas and biomethane in the Idaho dairy industry. Applied Energy, 222, 621-636.

Roni, M., P. Lamers, R. Hoefnagels (2018). Investigating the future supply distribution of industrial grade wood pellets in a global bioenergy market. Biofuels. DOI: 10.1080/17597269.2018.1432268.

Olsson, O., A. Roos, R. Guisson, L. Bruce, P. Lamers, et al. (2018). Time to tear down the pyramids? A critique of cascading hierarchies as a policy tool. WIREs Energy & Environment. DOI: 10.1002/wene.279.

Dunn, J., M. Biddy, S. Jones, H. Cai, P. Benavides, J. Markham, L. Tao, E. Tan, C. Kinchin, R. Davis, A. Dutta, M. Bearden, C. Clayton, S. Phillips, K. Rappé, P. Lamers (2018). Environmental, economic, and scalability considerations and trends of selected fuel economy-enhancing biomass-derived blendstocks. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 6(1), 561–569.

Cowie, A., F. Ximenes, M. Brandão, G. Berndes, P. Lamers, G. Marland (2016). Policy institutions and forest carbon. Nature Climate Change, 6, 805.

Lamers, P., E. Tan, E. Searcy, C. Scarlata, K. Cafferty, J. Jacobson (2015). Strategic supply system design—a holistic evaluation of operational and production cost for a biorefinery supply chain. Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining, 9(6), 648-660.

Lamers, P., M. Roni, J. Tumuluru, J. Jacobson, K. Cafferty, J. Hansen, K. Kenney, F. Teymouri, B. Bals (2015). Techno-economic analysis of decentralized biomass processing depots.

Lamers, P., R. Hoefnagels, M. Junginger, C. Hamelinck, A. Faaij (2015). Global solid biomass trade for energy by 2020: an assessment of potential import streams and supply costs to North-West Europe under different sustainability constraints. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 7(4), 618-634.

Lamers, P., M. Junginger (2013). The ‘debt’ is in the detail: a synthesis of recent temporal forest carbon analyses on woody biomass for energy. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 7(4), 373-385.

Lamers, P., E. Thiffault, D. Paré, M. Junginger (2013). Feedstock specific environmental risk levels related to biomass extraction for energy from boreal and temperate forests. Biomass and Bioenergy 55(8), 212-226.

Lamers, P., M. Junginger, C. Dymond, A. Faaij (2013). Damaged forests provide an opportunity to mitigate climate change. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 6(1), 44-60.

Lamers, P., C. Hamelinck, M. Junginger, A. Faaij (2012). Developments in international solid biofuel trade – an analysis of volumes, policies, and market factors. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 16(5), 3176-3199.

Lamers, P., C. Hamelinck, M. Junginger, A. Faaij (2011). International bioenergy trade – a review of past developments in the liquid biofuels market. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 15(6), 2655-2676.

Klessmann, C., P. Lamers, M. Ragwitz, G. Resch (2010). Design options for cooperation mechanisms under the new European renewable energy directive. Energy Policy 38, 4679–4691.

Lamers, P. (2009). Measuring Heat. Renewable Energy Focus, EU Solar Supplement, May/June, 24-25.

Lamers, P., K. McCormick, J. Hilbert (2008). The emerging liquid biofuels market in Argentina: Implications for domestic demand and international trade. Energy Policy 36, 1479-1490.

Lamers, P. (2008). Cooling in Summer with Heat from CHP Technologies. Euro Heat & Power 5(3), 22-25.

Boutin, J.-P., G. Gervasoni, R. Hlep, K. Seyboth, P. Lamers, M. Ratton, K. McCormick, L. Mundaca, A. Plepys (2006). Alternative energy sources in transition countries. The case of bio-energy in the Ukraine. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal 5(3), 471-486.

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