Energy and Mobility

Accelerate sustainability#

The crude oil shortage, climate change, availability of resources – sustainable energy supply is one of the greatest challenges of our time and is a prime concern throughout all sectors of industry and areas of life in general. After all, energy is required over the entire value-added chain of a product – from the extraction of raw materials, to production and use, up to disposal and recovery at the end of its service life. Even today, fossil energy carriers still constitute the lion’s share of utilized energy sources. Mobility as we know it today would be unthinkable without fuels from crude oil products. However, reserves of fossil energy carriers are finite and their combustion has far-reaching effects on the climate. To secure a reliable supply of energy in future, ecologically appropriate, sustainable solutions for the provision, storage, and use of energy are essential.

The Working Group on Energy and Mobility concerns itself with these issues by investigating energy supply technologies, fuels, and mobility concepts with regard to their environmental performance and sustainability.

The key issues of current activities are the Life Cycle Assessment of regenerative energy generation technologies, and the production and use of alternative fuels such as hydrogen or biofuels in various fields of application. Further research topics are the analysis of current and future drive technologies and their integration into mobility concepts.

Renewable energy and storage concepts

For sustainable energy supply, a transition from largely fossil energy carriers to renewable energy is essential. The most important aspects here are analysis of innovative energy generation technologies, investigation of energy storage concepts, and the development of methods for the ecological assessment of energy systems.

Mobility and drive concepts

The growing need for mobility worldwide and the dwindling of natural resources call for new, sustainable forms of mobility. Fraunhofer IBP carries out ecological-technical analysis of current and future means of transportation, innovative drive systems, and mobility concepts for support in decision-making.

Resource efficiency and scenarios

Due to the dwindling of natural resources, more and more attention is being given to their efficient usage. By developing methods for the assessment of resource efficiency, Fraunhofer IBP contributes to the inclusion of ecological and economic factors in drawing up and monitoring strategic objectives.

Alternative fuels

Fraunhofer IBP has a comprehensive repertoire of knowledge and of system models that enable ecological assessment of the process chains, the energy carriers used, and the framework conditions required for system integration.