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Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ramchandra Bhandari
Renewable Energy Systems

Office: Deutz ZO4-15 | Kalk KR1.08
Phone: 0049 (0) 221 8275 2416



Academic Background

07/2010 PhD in the field of Renewable Energy,  IEERE, University of Kassel, Germany

08/2002 Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, IOE Pulchowk, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

06/1998 Intermediate in Science, TMC Palpa, Tribhuvan University, Nepal


Professional Experience

03/2013 Professor for Renewable Energy Systems –  ITT, TH Köln (Cologne University of Applied Science), Germany

04/2012 – 02/2013 Scientist – Institute for Energy and Climate Research, Research Centre Jülich, Germany

10/2010 – 03/2012 Assistant professor – Centre for Renewable Energy (ZEE), University of Freiburg, Germany

03/2010 – 11/2010 Short term expert – GIZ, Afghanistan (programme: Renewable Energy Supply for Rural Areas, GIZ-ESRA), Kabul and northern Afghanistan

08/2007 – 07/2010 Research assistant – Institute for Electrical Power Engineering, Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany

02/2007 – 06/2007 Field researcher – Community Development Department, South Sumatra Forest Fire Management Project (EU/GIZ Project), South Sumatra, Indonesia

01/2003 – 05/2005 Project engineer – Research Center for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), Kathmandu, Nepal


Research Areas (Renewable Energy Systems Group)

Modelling and simulation of energy systems (developing scenarios considering energy economics and energy policy instruments)

Decentralized energy supply systems (focus rural electrification)

Sustainability assessment of renewable energy systems (indicators based)

Environmental life cycle assessment

Renewable energy policy


Teaching Experience (MSc modules)

Energy resources and energy systems

Energy economics and markets

Energy efficiency and the environment

Environmental life cycle assessment

Decentralized energy systems planning

Student projects and master thesis supervision



English: Very good
German: Good
Bahasa Indonesia: Basic
Nepali: Mother language


Publications – selected peer reviewed articles

2017: Tilahun, F. B., Bhandari, R. and Mamo, M. Industrial process steam-consumption prediction through an Artificial Neural Networks (ANNS) approach. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 2: 72-81

2017: Alsarayreh, A., Majdalawi, M. and Bhandari, R. Techno-economic study of PV powered brackish water reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Jordan Valley. Int. J. of Thermal & Environmental Engineering, 14 (1): 83-88

2015: Bhandari, R., Richter, A., Möller, A. and Oswianoski, R.-P. Electrification using decentralized micro hydropower plants in North-eastern Afghanistan. J. sustain. dev. energy water environ. syst. 3 (1): 49-65.

2015: Kusch, W., Stadler, I. and Bhandari, R. Heat pumps in low voltage distribution grids by energy storage. IEEE Xplore, doi: 10.1109/IESC.2015.7384386

2014: Waldmann, P. and Bhandari, R. Vergleichende Analyse der technisch-wirtschaftlichen Bedingungen von PV-Anlagen Mit Süd- und Ost-West-Ausrichtung. Zeitschrift für Energiewirtschaft, 38 (1): 27-36

2014: Bhandari, R., Trudewind, C. A. and Zapp, P. Life cycle assessment of hydrogen production via electrolysis – a review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 85: 151-163

2011: Bhandari, R. and Stadler, I. Electrification using solar photovoltaic systems in Nepal. Applied energy, 88 (2): 458-465

2009: Bhandari, R. and Stadler, I. Autonomous electricity supply for German households from solar photovoltaic systems. International energy journal, 10 (3): 167-176

2009: Bhandari, R. and Stadler, I. Grid parity analysis of solar photovoltaic systems in Germany using experience curves. Solar energy, 83 (9): 1634-1644

2008: Bhandari, R. and Gaese, H. Evaluation of box type paddy dryers in South Sumatra, Indonesia. Agricultural engineering international: the CIGR ejournal X: manuscript FP 08 011

2005: Gewali, M. B., Joshi, C. B. and Bhandari, R. Performance evaluation of hybrid solar/biomass cabinet dryer. European journal of scientific research, 4 (1): 25-33

2005: Gewali, M. B. and Bhandari, R. Renewable energy technologies in Nepal. World review of science, technology and sustainable development, 2 (1): 92-106

2004: Joshi, C. B., Gewali, M. B. and Bhandari, R. Performance of solar drying systems: a case study of Nepal. Journal of the institutions of engineers (India), 85: 53-57 (ISSN 0970-9843)

2003: Joshi, C. B., Bhandari, R. and Amatya, R. K. Solar rack dryer for cocoon drying. Journal of the institute of engineering (Nepal), 3 (1): 43-49 (ISSN 1810-3383)

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