Profile photoSebastian Hendrik Sterl
Researcher Climate Services for Renewable Energy
Department of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering
Postal address: Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Phone (work, international): +316 1737 5796


Master of Science, University of Twente

Bachelor of Science, University of Twente



Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Brussels, Belgium

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2020

PhD, Faculty of Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Brussels, Belgium

21 Nov 2017 → present

PhD, Faculty of Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Brussels, Belgium

21 Nov 2017 → present

Energy and Climate Policy Analyst

NewClimate Institute


Jul 2015Dec 2017

Renewable Energy Consultant

African Energy & Consulting BV


Jan 2015Jun 2015

Data Analyst

Tongji University


Feb 2014Jul 2014

Energy Consultant & Field Researcher

Avani Bio Energy


Sep 2012Dec 2012

Research output

Smart renewable electricity portfolios in West Africa

Sterl, S. H., Vanderkelen, I., Chawanda, C. J., Russo, D., Brecha, R., Van Griensven, A., van Lipzig, N. & Thiery, W., 25 May 2020, In : Nature sustainability.

Winter is leaving: Reduced occurrence of extremely cold days in Belgium and implications for power system planning

Yao, Y., Thiery, W. & Sterl, S. H., 18 Mar 2020, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 33 p.

Hydropower dependency and climate change in sub-Saharan Africa: A nexus framework and evidence-based review

Falchetta, G., Gernaat, D., Hunt, J. & Sterl, S. H., 10 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 231, p. 1399-1417 19 p.

A new approach for assessing synergies of solar and wind power: implications for West Africa

Sterl, S. H., Liersch, S., Koch, H., van Lipzig, N. & Thiery, W., 3 Sep 2018, In : Environmental Research Letters. 13, 9, 11 p., 094009.

Short term policies to keep the door open for Paris climate goals

Kriegler, E., Bertram, C., Kuramochi, T., Jakob, M., Pehl, M., Stevanović, M., Höhne, N., Luderer, G., Minx, J. C., Fekete, H., Hilaire, J., Luna, L., Popp, A., Steckel, J. C., Sterl, S., Yalew, A. W., Dietrich, J. P. & Edenhofer, O., 6 Jul 2018, In : Environmental Research Letters. 13, 7, p. 074022 1 p., 074022.

Ten key short-term sectoral benchmarks to limit warming to 1.5°C

Kuramochi, T., Höhne, N., Schaeffer, M., Cantzler, J., Hare, B., Deng, Y., Sterl, S. H., Hagemann, M., Rocha, M., Yanguas-Parra, P. A., Mir, G-U-R., Wong, L., El-Laboudy, T., Wouters, K., Deryng, D. & Blok, K., 16 Mar 2018, In : Climate Policy. 18, 3, p. 287-305 19 p.

Fast Dynamics of Water Droplets Freezing from the Outside In

Wildeman, S., Sterl, S. H., Sun, C. & Lohse, D., 23 Feb 2017, In : Physical Review Letters. 118, 8, 084101.

Dynamical and statistical phenomena of circulation and heat transfer in periodically forced rotating turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection

Sterl, S. H., Li, H-M. & Zhong, J-Q., 27 Dec 2016, In : Physical Review Fluids. 1, 084401

The Paris Agreement: resolving the inconsistency between global goals and national contributions

Höhne, N., Kuramochi, T., Warnecke, C., Röser, F., Fekete, H., Hagemann, M., Day, T., Tewari, R., Kurdziel, M., Sterl, S. H. & Gonzales, S., 2 Nov 2016, In : Climate Policy. 17, 1

Dynamics of the large-scale circulation in turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection with modulated rotation

Zhong, J-Q., Sterl, S. H. & Li, H-M., 10 Sep 2015, In : Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 778, R4


A change of seasons: Spatiotemporal impacts of climate change on renewable energy

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
12 Dec 2019

L’électricité renouvelable et la flexibilité des réseaux électriques

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
4 Nov 20196 Nov 2019

Renewable Electricity and Grid Flexibility

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
29 Oct 20191 Nov 2019

From Power Plant to Power Pool – Hydro-solar-wind mixes for power supply in West Africa.

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
26 Jun 2019

Green Office Amsterdam colleges: Energie

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
14 May 2019

Flexible hydro-solar-wind mixes for reliable power supply in West Africa

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
10 Apr 2019


Gustaaf Cornelis (Organiser), Wim Thiery (Participant), Ann Van Griensven (Participant), Cathy Macharis (Participant), Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Participant), Dries Tys (Participant), Jill Surmont (Participant), Bernard Mazijn (Participant), Aurelie De Smet (Participant), Melina Depauw (Participant)
20 Mar 2019

Luchtvaart en luchtvervuiling, snelle trein of korte vlucht?

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
25 Feb 2019

De Klimaatcrisis en haar Oplossingen (Wetenschapsfestival Brussel 2018)

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
25 Nov 2018

Climate Services for Renewable Electricity Planning in West Africa (EGU2018, Vienna)

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
30 Apr 2018

PROSPECTS: A transparent tool for developing countries (COP23, Bonn)

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
10 Nov 2017

China: National emissions projections and decarbonisation indicators under NDCs and implemented policies (COP23, Bonn)

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
8 Nov 2017

Quantifying the effect of climate initiatives compared to INDCs until 2030 (UNFCCC Bonn Sessions, 2016)

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
23 May 2016

Best practice indicators at the sectoral level and where countries stand (COP21, Paris)

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Speaker)
1 Dec 2015


Among the Top 100 of Best Young Professionals 2016 in the Netherlands

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Recipient), 2016

Physica Aanmoedigingsprijs voor Jong Talent in de discipline Natuurkunde en Technische Natuurkunde

Sebastian Hendrik Sterl (Recipient), 2010

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