Swedish-German research collaboration on Electric Road Systems

27 februari 2018

The project “Swedish-German Research Collaboration on Electric Road Systems” (CollERS) has now officially started. The goal of the project is to increase the common knowledge around Electric Road Systems by cooperation between Germany and Sweden and to discuss potential long-term strategies for a successful transnational implementation of Electric Road Systems in Europe.

On the 31st of January 2017 the German and Swedish governments issued a joint declaration with the title “Innovation and cooperation for a sustainable future – A German & Swedish partnership for innovation”. The declaration states that the Federal Government of Germany and the Swedish Government have agreed on four actions as a basis for cooperation. One of the actions is that a joint study on the electrification of roads will be conducted. The CollERS project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Swedish Transport Administration.

“We are happy to launch this project together with our German colleagues. A project that gives us a unique possibility to set a foundation for making Electric roads to be a contribution to a fossil independent society.  We can together with Germany learn more about how to develop and implement electric roads and also encourage others to start working with this new technology. We expect the outcome from this project will help us a lot to have a positive development in Sweden regarding electrified roads.” says Jan Pettersson, Director of the Electric Road program at the Swedish Transport Administration.

The project aims for collaboration at all levels. The project management consist of the project managers of three national projects coordinated by ifeu, Öko-Institut and RISE Viktoria. Sweden leads the project during 2018 and Germany during 2019. The project reports to BMUB (through VDI/VDE) and the Swedish Transport Administration.

German research partners are Öko-Institut e.V., Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg (ifeu), Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, and Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology. Swedish research partners are RISE Viktoria, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), and Swedish Transport Administration.

The first result from the project will be an assessment of different ERS concepts and an overview of international ERS activities. Next steps will be:

  • Identification of suitable ERS freight corridors between Sweden and Germany,
  • Analysis of business models and financing strategies for ERS,
  • Recommendations for policy actions, and
  • Study of the impact of ERS on the energy system and the environment.