The RLS is committed to the goal of "100% renewable energies". Around 40% of the electricity is renewable today in Germany. On the other hand, the heat and transport sectors are still largely supplied conventionally. The energy transition has successfully initiated the transition from fossil and nuclear sources to regenerative resources, but this is only the beginning.
More and more it is becoming apparent that the requirements of a renewable and sector-linked supply necessitate fundamental changes in the energy system. The conventional energy system of the past reaches its limits. It no longer lives up to an increasingly decentralized, digital and decarbonised energy world. System conflicts must be overcome and the renewable energy system actively designed.
It is the concern of the Reiner Lemoine Foundation to let this energy system turnaround happen in order to make 100% renewable energies possible. With its projects, RLS promotes application-oriented research and science as well as the communication of scientific findings that deal with questions of the energy system:
What is an energy system and what characterizes it? How does the energy system of the future differ from the energy system of the past? Where are system conflicts and how can they be solved?
Since 2007, nearly 100 fellows have dealt with research questions in renewable energies in their doctoral theses.
According to the background of Reiner Lemoine, the focus was on photovoltaics and other technical issues.
However, the dissertations cover a broad spectrum of aspects of the energy system and its applications as a whole.
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The Reiner Lemoine Institute is an independent, non-profit research institute committed to a 100 percent renewable energy future. It conducts application-oriented research with the aim of scientifically supporting the long-term conversion of the energy supply to renewable energies.
Further information: https://reiner-lemoine-institut.de
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The RLI analyses and optimizes future scenarios with an energy supply largely based on renewable energy sources.
The RLI supports the development of sustainable energy supply for remote regions.
The RLI analyses sustainable mobility concepts through sophisticated implementation and optimization of renewable energy systems.
What is an energy system? What are the differences between the conventional energy system of the past and the of the renewable energy system ahead of us? Which conflicts characterize the current system transformation? And what are possible solutions?
On behalf of the foundation, the Reiner Lemoine Institute developed a study on these issues, which was published in September 2019.
The previous attempt to integrate renewable energies into the conventional energy system is therefore reaching its limits, as the analysis shows. Rather, a transformation of the entire energy system must be sought. This also requires an energy policy that, instead of looking into the rear-view mirror, focuses on the requirements of the renewable energy system in front of us and tackles them courageously.
The study shows that the energy transition can only succeed if the energy system as a whole is rebuilt. Because the requirements of the renewable energy system are very different from those of the past. Environmental aspects and the participation of the local population for instance are increasingly becoming a success factor. Decentralized flexibilities are gaining in importance. By contrast, traditional ways of thinking must be discovered and overcome.
What does energy system change mean? The collection of articles of the Reiner Lemoine Foundation deals with this question from different perspectives. The authors are part of the network of RLS, e.g. committee members, coworkers of the Reiner Lemoine institute, former and current RLS scholarship holders as well as partners. The contributions are published in the online edition of the journal „ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN"
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