Date of birth / Country of birth:

  • 02/1986, Germany

  • Education:
  • 10/2009 - 11/2011: Master's degree in Agribusiness with a focus on investment and finance at the University of Hohenheim; Master thesis: Raw material supply and profitability of biomass cogeneration plants in Hungary - Case-study for the RWE power plant Mátra.
  • 10/2006 - 9/2009: Bachelor's degree in Forestry and Environment with a focus on forest economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg; Bachelor thesis: Timber transport by rail - A comparison of Sweden and Germany.
  • 07/ 2005: Higher education entrance qualification (German 'Abitur') at Evangelische Internatsschule Schloss Gaienhofen, Ambrosius Blarer Gymnasium.

  • Working experience and internships:
  • 12/2011 - 08/ 2013: Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH, Research assistant: Leader of the project "Energy from grasslands in the Havelland region" and leader of a project on the monthly forecast of electricity generation from biomass plants, in charge of monitoring cogeneration power plants using solid biomass within the project EEG-monitoring.
  • 04/2011 - 10/2011: RWE Innogy Cogen GmbH, Master's degree candidate: Working on the topic of biomass potential and profitability of biomass power plants in Hungary.
  • 02/2011 - 03/2011: Management Consulting Dr. Bernd Wippel and ARGE Landnutzung, Freelancer: Processing of the case study Schwarzwaldenergien.
  • 11/2011 - 07/2010: University of Hohenheim, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Institute of Farm Management, Computer Applications and Business Management in Agriculture (410 C), Student assistant: Research work and surveys.
  • 11/2006 - 09/2009: Forstliche Versuchs- und Forschungsanstalt Baden -Württemberg, Department of Forest Ecology, Forest Tree Breeding, Student assistant: Involved in studies on short rotation plantations.
  • 03/2009 - 04/2009: SKOGFORSK, Forest Research Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, Intern: Working on the topic timber transport by rail in Sweden.
  • 08/2008 - 09/2008: Forstkammer Baden-Württemberg Waldbesitzerverband e.V., Intern: Participation of political association work.
  • 06/2006 - 07/2006: Weishaupt GmbH ( manufacturer of oil and gas burners) at the location Toronto, Canada, Intern: Learning principles of business management.

  • Current occupation:
  • Since 08/2013 research associate of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Department of Farm Management.

  • Research projects:
  • Behavioral economic experiments on time preference and the decision under risk in forestry and agriculture

  • Publications ( selection):
    Sauter, P.; Witt, J.; Sheftelowitz, M. et al. (2012): "Decentralised Solid Biomass Use within the Framework of the German Renewable Energy Act and the Associated Development of New Technologies". Presentation at the conference "Bioenergy from Forest" on 28th of August 2012 in Jyväskylä, Finland.

    Sauter, P.; Witt, J.; Sheftelowitz, M. (2012): "EEG- Monitoring zur Stromerzeugung auf Basis fester Biomasse". Presentation at the 18th International symposium "Energetische Nutzung nachwachsender Rohstoffe" on 13th of September 2012 in Freiberg, Germany.

    Sauter, P.; Kirsten, C.; Brosowski, A. (2012): "Grünlandenergie Havelland" Konzepte zur energetischen Nutzung von Gras". Presentation at the "4.Statuskonferenz Energetische Biomassenutzung" on 05th of November 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

    Thrän, D.; Sauter, P.; Adler, P. (2012): "Rohstoffbeschaffung - Bedeutung und Szenarien". Presentation at the "1. Strategiekonferenz BioEconomy Spitzencluster" on 22nd of November 2012 in Leuna, Germany.

    Sauter, P.; Billig, E., Witt, J. (2012): "Impacts of the German biomass policy on the electricity production from solid biomass". In: Proceedings of the 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. Milan, Italy.

    Sauter, P.; Witt, J.; Billig, E. (2012): "Dezentrale Stromversorgung aus fester Biomasse im Rahmen des Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetzes (EEG)". In: Proceedings of the "6. Rostocker Bioenergieforum, Schriftenreihe Umweltingenieurwesen", ISBN: 978-3-940364-27-2.

    Sauter, P.; Billig, E.; Döhling, F. et al. (2013): "Grünlandenergie Havelland - Entwicklung von übertragbaren Konzepten zur naturverträglichen energetischen Nutzung von Gras und Schilf am Beispiel der Region Havelland" (final report). Available online at

    Sauter, P.; Witt, J.; Billig, E.; Thrän, D. (2013): "Impact of the Renewable Energy Sources Act in Germany on electricity produced with solid biofuels - Lessons learned by monitoring the market development". In: Biomass and Bioenergy. DOI: