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Reiner Lemoine

Persistently implement visions

Reiner Lemoine

Reiner Lemoine is one of the pioneers in the field of renewable energies. He built numerous innovative companies with friends and business partners.

As a visionary, Reiner Lemoine has worked with perseverance and exceptional risk-taking to establish renewable energy in our society. And he managed to guide them from the "alternative" scene to recognized industry as a solution for the long-term survival of the rapidly expanding worldwide human population.

For the engineer Reiner Lemoine, his involvement in the field of renewable energies always had a social and political aspect: renewable energies strengthen the independence of nations, they serve peace, secure the livelihood of millions of people and protect the environment.

The work of Reiner Lemoine was deeply ethical. This was also reflected in the company culture he cultivated. For example, Wuseltronik GbR was a "collective" with equal salary for all employees and joint decision-making without hierarchic structures. Also, in the later companies the team spirit was important for him.

1978: Foundation of the collective Wuseltronik 1978: Foundation of the collective Wuseltronik
1979: Diploma in Space Technology, TU Berlin 1979: Diploma in Space Technology, TU Berlin
1996: Founding<br />Solon AG 1996: Founding
Solon AG
1999: Founding<br />Q-Cells AG 1999: Founding
Q-Cells AG

Foundation Boards of the RLS

Board of Directors

Board of Trustees

The board members of the Reiner Lemoine Foundation work on an honorary basis. The board of directors acts as a decision-making body and the board of trustees as a consultative body.

The members of the board of directors and of the board of trustees are companions and family members of Reiner Lemoine. They feel closely connected with his achievements and his attitude towards life and they are committed to his visions. They are largely self-employed as innovative entrepreneurs or engaged in renewable energy research.


Head of
graduate school

Since its foundation, the RLS has supported PhD students researching energy transition topics. In 2020, its scholarship programme was converted into a graduate school.

In different PhD projects, the interdisciplinary team at the RLS graduate school conducts research on issues related to the energy system transition.

The goal of the graduate school is to better understand systemic obstacles to the energy transition and to develop targeted solutions that will create the necessary conditions for an energy system with 100 % renewable energies.


RLS-Graduiertenkolleg EnergieSystemWende    EnergieSystemWende
c/o Reiner Lemoine Institut
Rudower Chaussee 12, 12489 Berlin

Telefon: +49 30 1208 434 90

Reiner Lemoine Institute

Reiner Lemoine Institut

The Reiner Lemoine Institute (RLI) is an independent, non-profit research institute committed to a future with 100 % renewable energies. It was founded in 2010 by the Reiner Lemoine Foundation (RLS), its sole shareholder, which provides study support and funding.

The team at the RLI conducts applied research on the transition of energy systems, mobility with renewable energies, and off-grid systems.

Transformation of energy systems
Transformation of energy systems

The RLI analyses and optimizes future scenarios with an energy supply largely based on renewable energy sources.

Off-Grid Systems
Off-Grid Systems

The RLI supports the development of sustainable energy supply for remote regions.

Mobility with Renewable Energies
Mobility with Renewable Energies

The RLI analyses sustainable mobility concepts through sophisticated implementation and optimization of renewable energy systems.



The people behind the Reiner Lemoine Foundation and the Reiner Lemoine Institute all work in their respective fields towards the energy system transition. Following in the footsteps of their namesake, they are fully committed to his vision of a renewable world of energy.

Around 100 scholarship holders, more than 100 RLI employees and the unsalaried committee members research solutions, implement projects or, as entrepreneurs, drive innovations that serve the common goal. Together, they form a network that will continue to help shape the energy system in the coming decades on the path towards climate neutrality.

Milestones of the RLS

Milestones of the RLS Reiner Lemoine in the context of the founding of the RLS in 2006

2006: The Reiner Lemoine Foundation was founded before the death of Reiner Lemoine with goals to promote science and research in the field of energy and to achieve 100% renewable energy.

2007: With the foundation, the scholarship program of the RLS was started. From 2007, the first eleven scholarship holders received funding for their doctorate.

2010: With the founding of the Reiner Lemoine Institute an independent research institution was to be created. Today, the RLI runs extensive activities in research and consultancy on energy and transport topics. It has become well-known and recognized across professional boundaries.

2018: In the tradition of its founder and namesake, the RLS considers entrepreneurial innovation an additional important contribution to the energy transition. The Foundation is therefore delighted with Localiser , the first energy transition spin-off from RLI projects.

2019: Some 12 years after it was established, the Reiner Lemoine Foundation has repositioned itself and its programmes and sharpened the content of its activities by focusing on topics related to the energy system transition.

2020: The scholarship programme is converted to a graduate school.

2021: The RLS celebrates its 15th anniversary.

Purpose of the Foundation

Purpose of the Foundation

The foundation's purpose is regulated by the Reiner Lemoine-Stiftung statutes:

The foundation's purpose is the funding of

a) science and research
b) education
c) development aid

in the area of renewable energies.

The foundation's purpose is particularly realized through

  • the granting of scholarships for doctoral candidates whose dissertations are related to renewable energies,
  • running contests and awarding prizes for renewable energy issues,
  • realization and assistance of educational projects in schools on the subject renewable energies and operating a web site about renewable energies,
  • research projects in the area of renewable energies and the realization of scientific events and presentations,
  • development aid projects for the improvement of energy supply in developing countries.