Aliaksei Patonia

Aliaksei Patonia

Fellow (Alumni)

Aliaksei (Alex) Patonia is a Research Fellow in commercial hydrogen development at the Energy Transition Research Initiative (ETRI). He joined the hydrogen module at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies after being a Visiting Research Fellow and working primarily with the Institute's Electricity Programme. As a key part of the ETRI, the hydrogen module aims to develop objective, realistic and unique insights into the challenges and opportunities of the evolving hydrogen economy.

Alex started his research at OIES as an OIES-Aramco Fellow in 2019 when he investigated the use of ammonia as a storage solution for future decarbonized energy systems. In his later research, he focused on power-to hydrogen technologies and the possibilities to reduce the cost of electrolysers - the key technology involved in the generation of 'green' hydrogen.

Apart from his work at OIES, Alex has cooperated with a number of research institutions and think tanks such as the GMFUS of Washington, DC and the EPG of Bucharest. His commentaries and op-eds appeared, among others, in the Diplomat, EU Observer, Geopolitical Monitor, Natural Gas World, Apolitical, and Petroleum Review of the Energy Institute.

  • Energy transition
  • Hydrogen economy
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy geopolitics

Publications at the RIFS

Publications prior to joining the RIFS

  • 2022. Cost-competitive green hydrogen: how to lower the cost of electrolysers? (with R. Poudineh), Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.
  • 2021. Carbon capture and storage - the Gordian knot of decarbonization in Central and Eastern Europe (with L. Miu), Energy Policy Group.
  • 2021. 'Can power-to-ammonia provide grid flexibility?' (with R. Poudineh), Oxford Energy Forum, 127, pp. 7-11.
  • 2021. 'Future energy storage solution' (with R. Poudineh), Petroleum Review of the Energy Institute, May, pp. 6-7.
  • 2021. 'Hydrogen at the Gates: Towards a new chapter in the EU-Russia energy relations', Think Visegrad Bulletin, pp. 1-21.
  • 2021. 'Let there be light! Smart grids and Cambodia's blackouts' (with S. Doch), Digital Insights, 02 (2021), pp. 54-66.
  • 2021. 'Why did gas prices suddenly spike?', EU Observer, October. * 2021. 'Want a Tesla? The Guinea coup might make it more expensive', Geopolitical Monitor, October. * 2021. 'Lithium and an unexpected battle for energy transition in Afghanistan', The Diplomat, September. * 2021. 'Hydrogen: Savior or boondoggle for Russia?'. The German Marshall Fund of the United States/ Transitions, August.
  • 2020. 'Trust in Ultima Thules: Social capital and renewable energy development in Iceland and Greenland', Arctic and North, 41, pp. 182-219 and 42, pp. 207-218.
  • 2020. 'Great expectations: The case of the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant', Journal of Belarusian Studies, 10 (2020), pp.3-31.
  • 2020. 'Ammonia as a storage solution for future decarbonized energy systems' (with R. Poudineh), Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.