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RLS Graduate School

Researching for the Energy System Transition

RLS Graduate School

The RLS graduate school started its work in January 2020. For four years, the team will be researching issues relating to the transformation of the energy system. The PhD Group is located at the Reiner Lemoine Institute in Berlin-Adlershof. The application-oriented research will be supported by a network of experts.

The aim of the PhD Group is to better understand the systemic obstacles to energy system transformation and to develop targeted solutions to make an energy system with 100% renewable energies possible. To this end, the doctoral candidates are tackling questions of flexibility, storage, sector coupling, and the social aspects of the transformation of the energy system.

EnergeSystemWende - the topics

Energy system transformation towards an energy system with 100 % renewable energies places completely new demands on the design of the technical system and energy market. The graduate school of the Reiner Lemoine Foundation addresses these changes and develops solutions how the renewable energy system can be shaped. In detail, the PhD students deal with the following topics and questions:

  • Anya Heider is working on a holistic flexibility assessment of the German energy system. To this end, she analyses technical and market-related options to promote the usage and investment in existing and potential flexibility options.

  • Alexandra Krumm is working on social aspects of the energy system transformation. This includes aspects of the design of a just energy system transformation, the role of different actors in the transformation process, and social participation.

  • Marlin Arnz: Decarbonisation of transport is a big challenge that requires both behavioural and technological strategies. What will our mobility and its energy demand look like in a renewable, integrated energy system and how do we get there realistically? Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen at Technical University Berlin, chair of infrastructure policy, supervises his thesis.

  • Ricardo Reibsch is researching new applications for storage technologies. The focus is on the role of decentralized battery storage systems in successfully turning the energy system around in low-voltage networks, including electromobility, and electric heat generators.

    The core team is complemented by an associate member who is also writing his doctorate on the facets of the EnergieSystemWende. He complements our thematic focus and collaborates with us in specific projects.

  • Nikolas Klausmann: Within the framework of his PhD project at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, he is looking at new small players in the energy sector and their access to electricity markets from a legal perspective. In doing so, he also focuses on current developments in European Law and their influence on the national regulatory framework. From a legal perspective, he also discusses information technologies (e.g. Blockchain-Technology), which are meant to enable scalable and secure market communication for such actors in the context of new business models, such as local peer-to-peer trading. The work is supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Schwintowski

The Team

The team of the graduate school consists of Marlin Arnz, Anya Heider, Alexandra Krumm, Ricardo Reibsch and Philipp Blechinger as coordinator of the school. The doctoral students receive a scholarship from the Reiner Lemoine Foundation.

Contact us:

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

Telefon: +49 30 1208 434 90


The PhD Group is supported and accompanied by a network of mentors. They are experts who, within the framework of their respective work, deal with the theoretical and practical aspects of the Energy System Transformation. The exchange with the network takes place regularly and thereby promotes the dialogue between actors from science, the professional world, companies and politics and thus aims to contribute to application-oriented and solution-oriented research.  

Members of the network are: 

Experts from institutes, companies and associations

University experts

Experts from Reiner Lemoine Institute

Former scholarship-holders

Board members of the Reiner Lemoine Foundation