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26 Nov 2015

SWISS INSTITUTE EMPA WITH “MOVE“ ON COURSE FOR THE MOBILITY OF THE FUTURE

SWISS INSTITUTE EMPA WITH “MOVE“ ON COURSE FOR THE MOBILITY OF THE FUTURE «move» is an Empa demonstration platform backed by numerous partners from research, industry and the public sector. Empa’s main partners here are the ETH Board, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), the City of Dübendorf, Glattwerk AG and the companies AtlasCopco, H2 Energy and Hyundai. These are joined by a series of academic and industrial partners who are involved in individual projects within the scope of the demonstrator. Empa researchers are to develop within «move» new vehicle drive concepts with significantly lower CO2 emissions and test them in practice. It uses surplus electricity from photovoltaic plants or hydropower stations as an energy source. On the one hand, this enables batteries in electric cars to be charged. On the other hand, the electricity can also be converted into hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles or synthetic methane for natural gas/biogas vehicles.



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25 Nov 2015

ELECTRIC MOBILITY CONTRIBUTES DECISIVELY TO CLIMATE PROTECTION

ELECTRIC MOBILITY CONTRIBUTES DECISIVELY TO CLIMATE PROTECTION The transportation sector has the capacity to nearly halve its CO2 emissions by 2050 and, hence, to contribute far more than previously thought to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Realizing this would require further efficiency improvement and, especially, promotion of public transport in cities, alongside with a large-scale shift to electric cars. These are key findings of a study, in which Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was one of the partners and which is now published in the American journal “Science”.



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23 Nov 2015

ENERGY FROM A FOSSIL FUEL WITHOUT CARBON DIOXIDE

ENERGY FROM A FOSSIL FUEL WITHOUT CARBON DIOXIDE The production of energy from natural gas without generating carbon dioxide emissions could fast become a reality, thanks to a novel technology. Researchers have been researching an innovative technique to extract hydrogen from methane in a clean and efficient way. After two years of intensive experiments the proof-of-principle has now been provided. With the experimental reactor running reliably and continuously, the future potential of this technology has become apparent.



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