Research at INEM

The ever greater effort being directed towards a sustainable future is leading to climate-friendly mobility concepts and sustainable energy systems becoming increasingly popular. The changes this entails present a great many challenges and the Institute for Sustainable Energy Technology and Mobility (INEM) takes up these challenges with its research activities. It conducts basic research and tackles real issues in the field of sustainable mobility and energy systems.


Current INEM research projects


Neue Weststadt - a climate-neutral urban district

An urban model district with more than 600 apartments, offices and commercial units plus a new building for Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is to be created on the site of Neue Weststadt in Esslingen. The project titled “Klimaneutrales Stadtquartier Neue Weststadt Esslingen” has now received funding approval from the German federal government for the innovative realisation of the energetic concept for the district.
In Neue Weststadt, the use and possibilities of P2G (Power to Gas) is to be tested in an urban environment. It involves converting the surplus electricity from wind and solar power plants nationwide into hydrogen and storing it. When electricity is required, the CO2-neutral hydrogen can be converted back into electricity again by means of a fuel cell and fed into the grid.
Further information on the project can be found at


Innovative Predictive High Efficient Thermal Management System

The objective of this project is to draw up a concept, and develop and validate an innovative predictive thermal management system which serves to utilise energy potentials and increase the range of electric transport and delivery vehicles.

The project will start by considering how to:

  • Prevent losses occurring during the braking process (aim: 100% recovery of braking energy)
  • Use and distribute waste heat intelligently
  • Provide an optimum thermal environment for maximum component efficiency
  • Achieve needs-based and predictive control of the energy and heat flows of the vehicle drive and the interior.

It will also investigate a modular architecture for the thermal management system which comprises several decentralised energy storage systems.

Zero emission local public transport ÖPNV2

Scientific development of a concept to establish a regional, zero emission scheduled bus network in a metropolitan area

Increasing volumes of traffic mean metropolitan areas in particular are being required to develop a CO2-neutral and extensive infrastructure for local public transport in addition to building new roads.  The use of buses which utilise hydrogen and fuel cell technologies is to be investigated in a transport region near Stuttgart with the aim of creating an attractive local public transport system. A close collaborative approach is to be employed to develop and analyse a concept to extend one bus route initially into a neighbouring town on behalf of a regional bus company and the municipal utilities. The results obtained on the advantages of an electric bus fleet over a fleet powered by combustion engines will then serve as a recommendation to expand more of the company’s bus routes.


Satellite Mobility Hubs Esslingen University of Applied Sciences

The main aim of the SaMoHubs-HE project  is to draw up a concept to create so-called Satellite Mobility Hubs at the three university campuses located at ES-City Centre, ES-Flandernstrasse (and ES-Weststadt) and Göppingen. It will then be possible to reduce or improve the utilisation of motorised private means of transport and bring about a shift in mobility towards public means of transport or other mobility provisions, such as car & bike sharing. These are primarily:

  • Creating traffic infrastructures, such as a parking and charging infrastructure, which are dimensioned according to need and can be flexibly expanded or reconfigured.
  • Developing a mobility management platform which brings together and visualises all the mobility and infrastructure provisions and provides users with direct access.

48 V Boost inverter drives

Test rig for 48 V hybrid drives

A test rig is being set up to facilitate the study of 48 V drive systems in hybridised motor vehicles. The load drive in the 30 kW power class has torque and speed levels (300 Nm/8,000 rpm) which are designed for integrated-gear hybrid drives. The work will include the mechanical setup, the setting up of the load drive, the mechanical adaptation of the device under test, the implementation of a test rig control and the setting up of a 48 V supply system.

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