Plan­ning basis for elec­tric bus depots: Out­stan­ding doc­to­ra­te by Dr.-Ing. Enri­co Lauth

Copy­right Enri­co Lauth

Dr.-Ing. Enri­co Lau­th’s dis­ser­ta­ti­on under Prof. Dr.-Ing. Diet­mar Göh­lich on “Simu­la­ti­on-based plan­ning and eva­lua­ti­on of depots for elec­tric buses” would not have been pos­si­ble wit­hout sup­port from the Fede­ral Minis­try of Edu­ca­ti­on and Rese­arch for Mobility2Grid rese­arch cam­pus. As part of his rese­arch acti­vi­ties for Mobility2Grid at TU Ber­lin, Mr Lauth has been working on the plan­ning and eva­lua­ti­on of depots for elec­tric buses and has been award­ed the Man­fred Hirsch­vo­gel Pri­ze for his out­stan­ding scientific work. The pri­ze, which is endo­wed with 5,000 euros, is award­ed by the Frank Hirsch­vo­gel Foun­da­ti­on, which hono­urs the best doc­to­ra­te in the field of mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring at each TU9 uni­ver­si­ty every year.

Curr­ent­ly, trans­port com­pa­nies are caught bet­ween the con­flic­ting demands of a rapid intro­duc­tion of emis­si­on-free city buses to achie­ve envi­ron­men­tal and cli­ma­te poli­cy goals, the simul­ta­neous rea­li­sa­ti­on of the neces­sa­ry infra­struc­tu­re and the con­ver­si­on of ope­ra­ting pro­ces­ses. Fur­ther­mo­re, the influen­cing fac­tors and effects of the new tech­no­lo­gies on the sys­tem design, espe­ci­al­ly of the bus depots, are still unclear in many aspects. The­r­e­fo­re, Enri­co Lauth deve­lo­ped a metho­do­lo­gy for simu­la­ti­on-based plan­ning and eva­lua­ti­on of depots for elec­tric buses in his dis­ser­ta­ti­on and appli­ed it in a real case stu­dy. In order to pro­vi­de trans­port com­pa­nies with a future-pro­of plan­ning basis, detail­ed, indi­vi­du­al inves­ti­ga­ti­ons of pos­si­ble sce­na­ri­os for an elec­tric depot are neces­sa­ry, sin­ce, among other things, the­re are clo­se inter­ac­tions bet­ween depot ope­ra­ti­on, vehic­le sche­du­ling and char­ging strategies.