Wolf Fichtner studied Business Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In 1998, he received a Ph.D. in Economics from the department of Economics and Business Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
From 1999 to 2004 he was head of the research group Energy and the Environment of the Institute for Industrial Production (IIP) and the French-German Institute for Environmental Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. With his Habilitation in 2004 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, he received the venia legendi (teaching authority) in Business Administration. In 2003 he was admitted to the young researchers promotion program “Interdisciplinary Environmental Research” of Volkswagen-Foundation.
From October 2004 to October 2005, he was project leader at Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, analysing sustainable energy structures of (Mega-)cities and the concept of emissions trading. He got appointments to Professorships at the International University of Bremen, the University of Flensburg and the University of Leipzig.From October 2005 to November 2008 he was full professor and holder of the Chair of Energy Economics at the Institute for Energy Technology at the University of Cottbus. Since November 2008 he holds the Chair of Energy Economics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and is Director of the Institute for Industrial Production.
His areas of expertise are Energy System Analysis, Energy and the Environment and Energy Services. In total he has published 175 papers.