Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy








Grantham InstituteElectrical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus





Oliver works as PhD researcher in the climate change mitigation team at Imperial College's Grantham Institute and the Centre for Environmental Policy.

His expertise are cost projections for energy storage technologies and using these in energy system models to determine the value of energy storage in low-carbon energy systems. His methods include learning curves and expert elicitations as well as power system and integrated assessment models.

Oliver studied mechanical engineering with a focus on renewable energy technologies at ETH Zurich and Imperial College London. He spend two years in consulting working with the management of a major European utility on the key challenges of the sector. Within his PhD, Oliver aims to provide more transparency about the role of energy storage in future energy systems.

Oliver is also the founder of Storage Lab.



Date Role/ Degree

since 2015

PhD researcher, Imperial College London, UK
2015 Senior Project Consultant, E.ON Inhouse Consulting GmbH, Essen, Germany
2013- 2015 Project Consultant, E.ON Inhouse Consulting GmbH, Essen, Germany
2012- 2013 MSc in Sustainable Energy Technologies, Imperial College London, UK
2008- 2012 BSc in Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Schmidt O, Gambhir A, Staffell IL, et al., 2017, Future cost and performance of water electrolysis: An expert elicitation study, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol:42, ISSN:0360-3199, Pages:30470-30492

Schmidt O, Hawkes, Gambhir, et al., 2017, The future cost of electrical energy storage based on experience rates, Nature Energy, Vol:2, ISSN:2058-7546

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