Johannes Bernreuter, head of Bernreuter Research, is an experienced observer of the polysilicon and solar industries. Because of his diligent research, clear style and unbiased approach, he became one of the most reputable photovoltaic journalists in Germany before he founded Bernreuter Research in 2008.

Long-standing specialized journalist

Long-standing specialized journalist

Since 1999 Bernreuter has been following the development of the solar industry: At first he worked as an associate editor at the German trade journal Photon for five years. There he covered the topics market development, research and technology as well as energy politics. In the fall of 2004, Bernreuter started as a free-lance author and analyst, specializing in thin-film technology and polysilicon production.

Polysilicon market analysis since 2001

Polysilicon market analysis since 2001

As early as 2001, Bernreuter authored his first analysis of the upcoming polysilicon bottleneck and alternative production processes. Global polysilicon market surveys for Sun & Wind Energy magazine followed in 2005 and 2006. In 2008 he founded Bernreuter Research in order to analyze the booming polysilicon industry through in-depth market research and publish comprehensive market reports.

Reputation for accurate research

Reputation for accurate research

Bernreuter’s experience is reflected in more than 200 magazine articles. Thanks to them, he has attained a reputation for extremely accurate research. In the polysilicon and solar industries, readers therefore positively review his publications. Bernreuter’s focus on facts and his ability to make technological information understandable has earned him several journalistic awards.

Solid, diverse education

Solid, diverse education

The know-how of Johannes Bernreuter rests upon a classic journalistic education. Thanks to interdisciplinary studies in economics and humanities at the University of Würzburg (Germany) and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California (USA), he has received diverse training: in dealing with economic data as well as in the careful analysis of complex connections.

Johannes Bernreuter, Founder and Company Head

June 2008

Formation of Bernreuter Research in Würzburg, Germany; launch of www.bernreuter.com

2004 - 2008

Specialized free-lance journalist for Sun & Wind Energy and other publications

1999 - 2004

Associate editor at the photovoltaic magazine Photon in Aachen, Germany


Public Relations Officer at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany


Public Relations Assistant at the Bavarian Section of Friends of the Earth


Advanced education in specialized journalism on environmental economy in Hanover, Germany

1989 - 1996

Graduate studies in economics and theology in Würzburg (Germany) and Berkeley, California (USA);
Thesis on „The Ecological Limits to Economic Growth“

1986 - 1989

Editorial internship and traineeship at the local newspaper Der neue Tag (The new day) in Bavaria


Born in Amberg, Bavaria (Germany)

Johannes Bernreuter – Image: Wilhelm Breuer