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The THELMA project brings together 6 different research groups from the domain of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology:

Empa Logo Life Cycle Assessment and Modelling (LCAM) Unit

The Life Cycle Assessment and Modelling (LCAM) Unit is part of Empa’s Technology and Society Lab. LCAM has been involved in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for more than 20 years, with a main focus on Life Cycle Inventory Modelling and LCA of materials and systems in several fields including biofuels, metals and electric vehicle technologies. Besides applications of LCA, the unit is active in developing new methodolo-gies for modeling in LCA, e.g. hybrid approaches, integration of agent based models (ABM) in LCA or tem-porally and spatially specific LCI modeling and life cycle impact assessment in the context of traffic noise.


LAV Logo Aerothermochemistry and Combustion Systems Laboratory (ACL, LAV in German)

Since October 1st, 2002, Professor Konstantinos Boulouchos is head of the Aerothermochemistry and Combustion Systems Laboratory (ACL or LAV in German) of ETH Zurich. The laboratory is part of the Institute of Energy Technology (IET), which belongs to the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT).
Within research and teachings, LAV deals with scientific bases of chemical reactive systems and their application (mainly via internal combustion engines) in propulsion and environmental technology. In research, we are concerned with the fundamentals of chemically reactive flows, analyze single-phase and multi-phase questions with the help of numerical simulation and contactless optical diagnostics. This combination enables a precise clarifying of the most important physical-chemical mechanisms and a validation of the appropriate models for the turbulent combustion.
In application-oriented research we profit from the knowledge in basic projects to optimize combustion systems (technology transfer) with the aim of realizing „zero“-emission technologies. In particular, in the area of vehicle simulation we have rich experience in dealing with both MATLAB/Simulink and Gamma Technologies’s GT-SUITE CAE software.
Another focus is the techno-economic assessment of the transport-system as an entity. Another focus becoming more and more important in the future (in cooperation with the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)) will be the simulation of reactive processes on surfaces. They will be of use in reformers, catalytic converters and electrochemical installations (e.g. fuel cells).


PSL Logo Power Systems Laboratory (PSL)

The EEH - Power Systems Laboratory is part of the Energy Transmission and High Voltage Laboratory (EEH) of the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zurich).
The scientific field of the Power Systems Laboratory comprises analysis and design of electric and integrated energy systems including their planning, design and operation.  A main goal of our research is to develop methods of design, control and analysis based on system theory tools from e.g. control theory, optimisation, operations research, that can be used by engineers in the industry to solve actual problems.


ETHZ-ESD Logo Ecological Systems Design (ESD)

The Ecological Systems Design (ESD) group conducts research on modeling, analyzing and evaluating the resource efficiency and environmental impact of products and processes, new technologies and consumption patterns. In order to answer these research questions, the emphasis of our research lies on the further development of the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology, however other methods such as material flow analysis or risk assessment are also employed depending on the problem studied. Our aim is to provide adequate and comprehensive life cycle inventory models and impact assessments methods to the benefit of the environment.


ETHZ IVT Logo Institute for Transport Planning and Systems (IVT)

As part of the Institute for Transport Planning and Systems, the Transport Planning Group is engaged in a broad range of issues, but the modeling of activity scheduling is at the core of most of the work. The highlights of the group's work are contributions to MATSim (scheduling and traffic flow), the development of the Swiss National Transport Model, the analysis of the impacts of transport investment on Switzerland since 1950, new estimates of the values of travel savings, reliability and fatalities and finally the analysis of activity spaces and social network geographies on the basis of long-duration diary and biographical surveys developed and implemented by the group.


PSI Logo Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis (LEA)

The Laboratory for Energy System Analysis specializes in comprehensive and integrated analysis of energy systems for both individual technologies and the way that they interact within the broader energy sector. The Technology Assessment Group within LEA specializes in technology performance and economics, life cycle assessment, risk and emissions transport and damage assessment. Within the THELMA project, the Technology Assessment team is active in:

  • Drivetrain modeling and vehicle characterization of electric vehicles, in coordination with the ETHZ/LAV team (Work Package 2)
  • Life cycle assessment of vehicles and fuel chains, in coordination with the EMPA team (Work Package 1)
  • Workflow coordination and integrative assessment (Work Package 5), and
  • Overall project management .
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