The limits of conventional energy supplies based on fossil fuels are noticeably showing. Physical resource scarcity, but first and foremost the national dependency on energy imports, for example as in the case of petroleum, are sufficient reasons to turn towards alternative energy sources on both a local and global level. This especially and eminently counts for climate protection and an improvement of the urban air quality.
Future concepts on that issue are developed at the Wuppertal Institute, describing the different possible substitutions of traditional fuels. These alternatives include natural gas, biofuels, hydrogen as well as electromobility.
The different future options are assessed with regard to technical potentials, costs, economic viability, current and future market prospects, competing opportunities of use both in the mobile and stationary sector, as well as climate compatibility and resource consumption. Not only a focus of this Research Group is the ecological assessment of electromobility and its implementation into a sustainable transport concept, as well as the integration into the overall context of the energy system. It is only with an integrated approach of system analysis like this that interdependencies and dynamic effects can fully be identified and assessed.
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Here you find research activities in the field of alternative transport fuels.