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Jan Wiesenthal (né Knoefel)


M. Sc. Economics and Management Science

Jan Wiesenthal researches how decentralized energy systems should be structured and what role prosumers – such as households with their own solar panels – play in them. The environmental economist specializes in energy system modelling. He is currently working on his PhD as part of the Steuerboard Energie junior research group at Leuphana University on the financing and promotion of renewable energies.  

In addition to his research, Jan Wiesenthal is involved in the Council for Citizens' Energy. His vision: an energy supply from 100 percent renewable energies owned by citizens.


Main focus

  • Prosumer and prosumer communities
  • Decentralized energy systems, sector coupling
  • Batteries and flexibility in the energy system


  • Since 04/2017: Researcher at the IÖW
  • 2023 – 2024: Seminar leader "Transdisciplinary research project" at Leuphana University


  • Since 10/2021: PhD student at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg on the topic: Financing and funding opportunities for renewable energies at local level
  • 2014 – 2017: Master of Science in Economics and Management Science at the Humboldt University of Berlin 
  • 2009 – 2013: Integrated degree program (B. Sc.) in Business Administration and Management at the NORDAKADEMIE Elmshorn in cooperation with the Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG

Commitment and committees