SCCER Mobility in a nutshell

The Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research - Efficient Technologies and Systems for Mobility (SCCER Mobility) is a research program initiated in January 2014. It expands the research and development capacities in the field of mobility and coordinates their innovative strength with the aim to find new solutions and products with a measurable impact on energy efficiency and CO2 reduction.

The overarching goal of the program is to develop new and robust solutions to the environmental and energy related challenges in the transportation sector for Switzerland. For this purpose synergies will be created at the interfaces of the five Capacity Areas. These serve as virtual research teams, composed of new and rededicated key research positions from several institutions of the ETH-Domain and the Universities of Applied Sciences. In addition virtually all relevant Swiss and many foreign industrial companies actively participate in this long-term effort in order to develop radically new products towards sustainable mobility.


Mobility in the energy landscape

The transportation sector’s share of the total energy consumption in 2010 in Switzerland was around 34%. 96% of the energy requirements of mobility are derived from oil-based sources. Therefore, any optimization in the mobility sector is of highest importance regarding CO2 and pollutant emissions, as well as a general overall reduction of the energy demand. It is an explicit target of the new Swiss energy and climate policy to radically reduce CO2 emissions in the mobility sector, partly also in order to compensate an expected increase of CO2 production when gas power stations should replace nuclear power stations. Related technology breakthroughs will certainly not be contributed by OEMs alone but also from component and system suppliers, which play an important role in Swiss exports.

The new Energy Strategy 2050 aims at a 44% energy consumption reduction of individual mobility as well as 25% for freight transportation within the next 40 years. Lightweight carriers as well as buses, municipal, agricultural and construction vehicles all offer high potential in this respect. In order to tap into this potential, an integrated approach combining technology, economic and ecological aspects is required.

Image:  Mobilität und Verkehr, Bundesamt für Statistik, p. 26. 2012



The SCCER Mobility is thematically subdivided into two Innovation Fields, which in turn are composed of so called Capacity Areas

Innovation Field A: Components Devices and Processes

Capacity Area A1  Systems and Components for E-Mobility

Capacity Area A2  Chemical Energy Converters

Capacity Area A3  Minimization of Vehicular Energy Demand

Innovation Field B: System Aspects of Mobility

Capacity Area B1  Integration, Operation and Optimization of Mobility Systems

Capacity Area B2  Transportation System Assessment