Simon Davidsson is a postdoctoral scholar working with energy systems analysis within the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). His research at Stanford focuses on evaluating the net energy return of low-carbon energy systems under different circumstances. He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development and a M.Sc. in Energy Systems Engineering from Uppsala University in Sweden.

Professional Education

  • Master of Science, Uppsala Universitet (2011)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Uppsala Universitet (2016)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • Material requirements and availability for multi-terawatt deployment of photovoltaics ENERGY POLICY Davidsson, S., Höök, M. 2017; 108: 574–582
  • Growth curves and sustained commissioning modelling of renewable energy: Investigating resource constraints for wind energy ENERGY POLICY Davidsson, S., Grandell, L., Wachtmeister, H., Hook, M. 2014; 73: 767-776
  • Lithium availability and future production outlooks APPLIED ENERGY Vikstrom, H., Davidsson, S., Hook, M. 2013; 110: 252-266
  • A review of life cycle assessments on wind energy systems INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT Davidsson, S., Hook, M., Wall, G. 2012; 17 (6): 729-742
  • Phosphate rock production and depletion: Regional disaggregated modeling and global implications RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING Walan, P., Davidsson, S., Johansson, S., Hook, M. 2014; 93: 178-187
  • Evaluation and update of Norwegian and Danish oil production forecasts and implications for Swedish oil import ENERGY Sallh, D., Hook, M., Grandell, L., Davidsson, S. 2014; 65: 333-345
  • Reviewing electricity production cost assessments RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS Larsson, S., Fantazzini, D., Davidsson, S., Kullander, S., Hook, M. 2014; 30: 170-183
  • Decline and depletion rates of oil production: a comprehensive investigation PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY A-MATHEMATICAL PHYSICAL AND ENGINEERING SCIENCES Hook, M., Davidsson, S., Johansson, S., Tang, X. 2014; 372 (2006)


    Two of the most fundamental concepts in the current debate about future oil supply are oilfield decline rates and depletion rates. These concepts are related, but not identical. This paper clarifies the definitions of these concepts, summarizes the underlying theory and empirically estimates decline and depletion rates for different categories of oilfield. A database of 880 post-peak fields is analysed to determine typical depletion levels, depletion rates and decline rates. This demonstrates that the size of oilfields has a significant influence on decline and depletion rates, with generally high values for small fields and comparatively low values for larger fields. These empirical findings have important implications for oil supply forecasting.

    View details for DOI 10.1098/rsta.2012.0448

    View details for Web of Science ID 000332378500009

    View details for PubMedID 24298082

  • Chinese coal supply and future production outlooks ENERGY Wang, J., Feng, L., Davidsson, S., Hook, M. 2013; 60: 204-214