Projects and References

Ongoing projects:

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2020, Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden- Württemberg

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The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Fraunhofer institutes ICT, IOSB, ISI and IWM, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, and the FZI Research Center for Information Technology are working together to establish a profile region for mobility systems. This will strengthen their common goal of developing Karlsruhe into a clearly visible centre for mobility research. This further advances a development that can already build on preliminary groundwork and existing structures, but that has been missing its own institutional framework up to now. Establishing a profile region is intended to put Karlsruhe firmly on the map both nationally and internationally as an important location for the research, implementation and teaching of mobility concepts and make it even more attractive to top researchers, students and companies.


15.10.2016 - 30.09.2019, Federal Ministry of Education and Research

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With the Energiewende or energy transition, Germany has set itself the goal of transforming the current energy system into a largely CO2-free and renewable energy based system. An economic, environmentally compatible, reliable and socially acceptable energy system requires a holistic view on the system level. ENavi therefore sees the energy transition as a whole-society transformation process and links scientific analyzes with socio-political requirements. The analysis of measures across different model regions additionally supports a better understanding of the success factors for the conversion of the energy system.


14.11.2016 - 10.01.2020, r2b energy consulting GmbH

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The objective is to define and monitor the security of supply at the electricity markets between 2017 and 2019.


Model experiments - Development paths for new electricity appliances and their impact on critical supply situations (MODEX  EnSAVes)

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

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The aim of the model comparison is to compare the results of different model approaches for the market diffusion of new electricity applications. The model experiment focuses on the areas of electric mobility and heat pumps in residential buildings, for which the consortium applies various detailed models with a specific focus on analysis. Since the investment decisions for passenger cars and building heating systems are made by different actors, there are various influencing factors which are represented differently in the individual model approaches. At the same time, the development dynamics in this area are decisive for the path towards an "All Electric Society", as is often demanded with regard to the implementation of ambitious climate protection goals.


MethSys (Energy system analysis for the use of methane produced from renewable energy sources) as part of MethQuest (Generation and use of methane from renewable energy sources in mobile and stationary applications)

01.01.2018 - 31.08.2021
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

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In this project, the work includes market ramp-up simulations for alternative fuels and an assessment of generation potential for RE-methane. To this end, the participants are also conducting an analysis of regional expansion requirements for electricity and gas networks in order to facilitate realistic estimation of the overall economic costs of introducing RE-methane. A further central project aim also involves fine-meshed regional infrastructure modeling using GIS models retro-linked with high-precision, short-interval modeling for the overall energy system supplemented by detailed gas distribution and transportation networks.

Completed projects:

Import options for fuel produced from RES for their use in the transport sector

01.08.2017 - 30.06.2018, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

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To completely decarbonize the transport sector, the use of gasified or liquid fuels produced from renewables seems to be necessary. Since the renewable potentials in Germany may not be sufficient for that, this project aims at identifying and describing potential locations for a production of such fuels and its import to Europe. These fuels shall mainly be used in the heavy duty vehicle, shipping and aviation sector.


2017 - 2018, Federal Environment Agency as part of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

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The “Low-Carbon Europe 2050” project develops a target scenario for a decarbonised Europe – defined as achieving 95 % greenhouse gas reduction compared to 1990. Technical decarbonisation options are analysed against the backdrop of specific regional framework conditions including all the sectors with relevant emissions and a description is given of how to achieve decarbonisation in technical terms.


Energy system analysis DESK

23.09.2016 - 31.05.2019, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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The aim of the project is to analyse the impact of decarbonising the energy system through the use of renewable energies in the heat, mobility and industry sector in combination with a shutdown of power plants on the security of supply in Southern Germany.


01.06.2016 - 31.05.2019, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

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The aim of the project is to analyse the security of supply especially in context of the shutdown of nuclear power plants and the rising but fluctuating share of renewable energies in the electricity mix in southern Germany for the upcoming years. The analysis considers the evolution of the European electricity market and the introduction of capacity mechanisms in neighbouring countries. These trends have a major impact on the development of the inner-German and regional power plant capacities.


The project’s objective is to analyse flexibility options (especially more flexible electricity demand) more comprehensively as part of energy system models, and to be able to evaluate the potential contribution of different consumer groups to integrating renewable energy sources into electricity markets and networks. The analysis should consider both market- and grid-related aspects and their mutual dependencies to determine the system-wide benefits of more flexible loads on the one hand and the revenue potentials for different consumer groups on the other hand. 


01.10.2015 - 31.12.2016, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

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This study aims at showing the usability and market potentials for hybrid trolley trucks. The necessary infrastructure, market potentials, ecological benefits as well as business models are determined.


01.10.2015 - 31.10.2016, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

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The objective is to show the research needed on fuel cell-powered HGVs in the near future. The research status will be determined by analysing patents and publications. The HGV market will be analysed in detail, the potentials listed for using FC-HGVs and the need for research and development derived from this. Because this project is part of the MKS, it is coordinated with other projects in the group.


01.01.2013 - 30.06.2016, Schaufenster Elektromobilität

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Operator model for electric fleets in Stuttgart as part of the "Schaufenster Elektromobilität" programme.


08.09.2011 - 31.12.2015, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

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The Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster REM 2030 deals with the development and evaluation of integrated concepts for efficient regional mobility of individuals based on integrated system approaches.


01.01.2013 - 30.11.2015, Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden- Württemberg

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Examining the impacts of the increased market penetration of electric mobility in Baden-Württemberg, focusing on the potentials for reducing environmental pollution, the load on the grids in urban distribution network structures and the economic assessment of mobile and stationary storage concepts.


01.11.2012 - 30.09.2015, Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden- Württemberg

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A representative and market-oriented study was conducted to identify diffusion possibilities for electric mobility in   Baden-Württemberg taking potential user groups into account. Existing mobility characteristics of current transport users were analysed across different mobility modes in order to identify promising first user groups whose utilisation patterns are potentially a good match for electric vehicles. In parallel, possible ways to enter the market were developed specifically for the identified groups. The integrated and market-oriented approach means the results can be utilised in concrete political and economic terms and thus contributes directly to the objective of supporting opportunities and ways to help the spread of electric mobility in Baden-Württemberg.


01.02.2013 - 16.04.2014, acatech - Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften e. V.  & Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität (AP7)

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This study addresses the question: What share of the market can electric vehicles be expected to have in Germany by 2020? The economic potential of electric vehicles is ascertained by taking several thousand real driving profiles of conventional vehicles into account and technical and economic data for different scenarios. Factors hindering the diffusion of electric vehicles such as their limited range and the limited choice of model wer integrated as are promoting factors such as the willingness to pay more for an innovative technology.

Results not open to public:

Volkswagen AG

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Market evolution scenarios for plug-in electric vehicles.


01.03.2011 - 31.11.2012, Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

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Scientific Support for the EnBW project "Wir machen  Baden-Württemberg E-mobil“.


16.03.2015 - 15.05.2015, Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

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Market evolution scenarios for plug-in electric vehicles.


18.01.2017 - 24.02.2017, Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

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Market evolution scenarios for plug-in electric vehicles.


01.04.2018 - 19.10.2018, Knorr-Bremse

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Alternative drive trains in heavy-duty vehicles and their impact for the business model of Knorr-Bremse.


01.03.2018 - 30.11.2018, Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG

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CO2-neutral (renewable, power-based) fuels - market developments and new business models for Schaeffler AG


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