move – Mobility of the Future
Sustainable mobility means, among other things, replacing fossil fuels completely with renewable energy and massively reducing CO2 emissions. One opportunity is the direct use of renewable electricity in electric vehicles as well as the use of renewable energy for the production of fuels with low CO2 emissions such as hydrogen or methane. These can be used as fuels for long-distance and freight transport. At move, Empa is working together with partners from research, industry and the public sector to show how the mobility of the future could work without fossil energy.
Robust and flexible to synthetic methane
Synthetic energy carriers are carbon-neutral and make renewable energy transportable and storable in the long term. Synthetically produced methane is one of them. The problem: The production involves rather high energy losses; moreover, existing processes require the methane to be purified. To change this, Empa researchers have developed a new, optimized reactor concept for methanation.
How do pedestrians react to automated vehicles?
Empa, together with EBP and Fussverkehr Schweiz, analyzed in spring 2022 in Thalwil (ZH) how pedestrians react to automated vehicles. The automated parking assistant that had been used is the first system approved in Switzerland that moves a vehicle without a person sitting in it. The findings of the research project, which was co-financed by AXA's Foundation for Prevention, create an important basis for prevention measures and design principles for sustainable road spaces.
No energy transition without hydrogen
For about six years, H2 Energy AG has been working to build a renewable hydrogen ecosystem in Switzerland. In January 2021, it was awarded the "Watt d'Or" by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) for its efforts. In an interview, Rolf Huber, Chairman of the Board of H2 Energy, looks back on the last few years – and on Empa's contribution to the H2 Energy success story.