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.