Mobility with Renewable Energy

The transport sector contributes to a large extent to global greenhouse gas emissions through petrol and diesel vehicles. Particulate matter and nitrogen oxides also pollute the air in urban areas. The potential to reduce emissions here with alternative drive systems is enormous if the basic supply comes from renewable energy sources. In the Research Unit Mobility with Renewable Energy at RLI, we are researching at the interface between sustainable drive systems and renewable power generation.

Our Unit consists of two teams whose research focuses are closely interlinked:

In the team Municipal Mobility, we develop sustainable mobility concepts for cities and municipalities as well as for municipal companies – for example for municipal utilities, waste disposal, or housing companies. We support these actors in implementing the concepts by developing catalogues of measures and implementation strategies with the help of strategy workshops, potential analyses, and other analysis tools.

In the team System Analysis, energy systems related to mobility are analyzed and optimized by simulation methods. These could be smart grids, rapid charging stations, or hydrogen refueling stations. With our simulation tools, it is possible to optimally design plants in advance or to increase the efficiency of existing plants. Our partners are often infrastructure operators, federal authorities, cities, and industrial companies.


Our research focuses on


Mobility Concepts

  • Fleet electrification
  • Sharing concepts
  • Potential analyses
  • Public transport line analyses

Infrastructure Planning

  • Charging infrastructure planning
  • Potential analyses
  • Positioning and dimensioning of charging points
  • Concepts for housing quarters

E-Mobility and the Energy System

  • Modeling and simulation
  • Optimization
  • Robustness and risk analyses
  • Decentralized electricity markets and blockchain

Hydrogen Mobility

  • Hydrogen refueling stations
  • Electrolysis applications
  • Onsite electrolysis with renewable energy
  • Hydrogen vehicles in public transport