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Researcher Profile

Dr.-Ing Ali Hainoun

Dr.-Ing Ali Hainoun


Senior Scientist



Competence Unit

Digital Resilient Cities


Giefinggasse 4, 1210 Vienna


Field: Digitalisation and HVAC Technologies in Buildings

Main Research: Sustianable Energy Systems Analysis and Modeling, GHG Mitigation and Decarbonization Scenarios; Positive Energy Districts;


Ali is a senior scientist with extensive experience in integrated national/regional energy systems analysis and sustainable energy development. He graduated from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in mechanical and nuclear engineering in 1990 and received his PhD from the University of Bochum in 1994. He worked for the research centres FZJ (1990-1996) and AECS (1996-2014) and consulted for several institutions and international organizations including UNDP, ESCWA, LAS, IAEA and has been working since 2003 as “expert on mission” by the IAEA providing energy policy advice and capacity building to more than 14 countries worldwide. Following his last engagement as senior consultant at IAEA (2014-2016) he joined AIT in January 2017.
Ali has long record in managing research projects on energy demand-supply analysis including energy systems simulation and optimization, GHG mitigation and decarbonization strategies, implications of the emerging energy system transformation, evaluation and monitoring of smart and sustainable energy solutions. Currently he is contributing as coordinator, work package and task lead of several national and international projects including among others the H2020-project Smarter Together, NEFI-project on decarbonization of Austrian industry, JPI-Urban Europe SUNEX project on food-water-energy-nexus and the ERA-Net project REDAP. He has been actively involved in formulating the Technology Road Map of positive energy districts (PEDs) of the SET Plan TWG 3.2 of SCC beside his current involvement in developing new concepts and evaluation &monitoring framework for future PEDs. He is also working on developing and testing new tools for modelling urban energy systems including GIS-based visualization for the application in cities decarbonization scenarios.
Author of more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, international reports, conferences and meetings, reviewer for several international journals and University lecturer for about 8 years in the field of energy planning and system analysis.
Ali is coordinating the urban energy systems modelling activities within the competence unit “Digital and Resilient Cities” of the Centre for Energy at AIT with the main research focus on urban energy system transformation, cities decarbonisation strategies and positive energy districts.

  • 2008-2015: • Associate Editor of the International Journal” Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
  • 2010-Now: Reviewer, International Journal of Applied Energy
  • 2012-Now: Reviewer, Energy Policy
  • 2019-Now: Memeber, SCC1 Monitoring Task Group
  • 2003-Now: Expert on Mission, IAEA
  • 2014-Now: Memeber, Karlsruhe KIT-Alumni

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