Suc­cessful M2G (hybrid) Sym­po­si­um in Kyoto 

For the first time, the M2G team con­duc­ted the annu­al sym­po­si­um as a hybrid vari­ant in Kyo­to (Japan) on the topic of “Mobility2Grid: Elec­tri­fi­ca­ti­on of public trans­por­ta­ti­on in Japan and Ger­ma­ny — Tran­si­ti­on Pro­cess, Impacts and Risks”, tog­e­ther with partners from Kyo­to Uni­ver­si­ty under the lead of Prof. Dr. Jan-Dirk Schmöcker’s Intel­li­gent Trans­port Sys­tem Lab. The scientific exch­an­ge was then con­tin­ued in an in-depth work­shop with col­le­agues from the Lab, having a the­ma­tic focus on bus simu­la­ti­ons, TCO ana­ly­ses and an intro­duc­tion to sce­na­rio techniques.

By inte­gra­ting scientific rese­arch in com­bi­na­ti­on with prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence from public trans­port com­pa­nies (BVG in Ber­lin / Kei­han in Kyo­to-Osa­ka), we were able to suc­cessful­ly demons­tra­te the poten­ti­als and chal­lenges of elec­tri­fied public trans­port in Ger­ma­ny and Japan. Public trans­por­ta­ti­on con­tri­bu­tes to green­house gas emis­si­ons, but to a much les­ser ext­ent than pri­va­te trans­port. Com­pared to a car, which emits 147 grams of CO2 per pas­sen­ger kilo­me­ter, buses in Ger­ma­ny emit 80 grams on avera­ge, trams and sub­way trains 58 grams and long-distance trains 32 grams of CO2 per pas­sen­ger kilo­me­ter (Ger­man Envi­ron­ment Agen­cy (Umwelt­bun­des­amt — UBA), 2024). Despi­te having a bet­ter CO2 per­for­mance than pri­va­te moto­ri­zed trans­port, buses and trains powered by die­sel or petrol also pro­du­ce nitro­gen oxi­des, par­ti­cu­la­tes and noise.

Both Japan and Ger­ma­ny are working on tech­ni­cal, plan­ning and poli­ti­cal approa­ches to fur­ther decar­bo­ni­ze public trans­port. Our Ger­man-Japa­ne­se col­lo­qui­um, which was held from the 7th-9th May 2024 at the renow­ned Kyo­to Uni­ver­si­ty, shed light on both sides and deve­lo­ped initi­al stra­te­gies on how both count­ries can fur­ther coope­ra­te and com­ple­ment each other on a scientific-prac­ti­cal level.

Our dis­cus­sions and know­ledge exch­an­ge will make a major con­tri­bu­ti­on to advan­cing the com­mon goals towards sus­tainable and effi­ci­ent public trans­port sys­tems. Tog­e­ther with our partners in Kyo­to and Nago­ya, we will con­ti­nue to deepen the exch­an­ge on topics rela­ted to the elec­tri­fi­ca­ti­on of buses and micro mobi­li­ty.
All pre­sen­ta­ti­ons of our sym­po­si­um can be found here.

Smart Mobi­li­ty Forum #22: Bidi­rec­tion­al Char­ging — Per­spec­ti­ves for Berlin

The con­cept of bidi­rec­tion­al char­ging pro­mi­ses to use elec­tric vehic­les and fleets as ener­gy sto­rage sys­tems. This tech­no­lo­gy enables the effi­ci­ent use of rene­wa­ble ener­gy sources, for exam­p­le for self-sup­p­ly with solar ener­gy from PV sys­tems. In the long term, this could lead to a more fle­xi­ble and decen­tra­li­zed use of the power grid. Intel­li­gent char­ging manage­ment sys­tems and bidi­rec­tion­al char­ging help to reli­e­ve the load on the grids and avo­id bot­t­len­ecks, while making opti­mum use of sur­plu­s­es. In Ger­ma­ny, the deve­lo­p­ment of vehic­le-to-home (V2H) and in par­ti­cu­lar vehic­le-to-grid (V2G) is still at an ear­ly stage due to a lack of tech­ni­cal stan­dards and legal frame­work conditions.

The Ber­lin Agen­cy for Elec­tro­mo­bi­li­ty eMO and Mobility2Grid invi­te you to the Smart Mobi­li­ty Forum #22 “Bidi­rec­tion­al Char­ging — Per­spec­ti­ves for Ber­lin” on April 19, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Join us to explo­re the poten­ti­al, chal­lenges and cur­rent solu­ti­ons for bidi­rec­tion­al char­ging. The event will take place on the EUREF-Cam­pus on the pre­mi­ses of Schnei­der Elec­tric (Tor­gau­er Str. 12–15, 10829, ground flo­or, house 12/13). After the pro­gram, you will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty for fur­ther net­wor­king over lunch from 12:15 pm. More infor­ma­ti­on regar­ding the agen­da and regis­tra­ti­on can be found by cli­cking on the but­ton below. Regis­tra­ti­on clo­ses on April 15 at 12:00 noon.

When?19.04.2024 9:30 — 12:15
Whe­re?EUREF-Cam­pus (Tor­gau­er Str. 12–15, 10829, EG Haus 12/13)
Regis­tra­ti­on deadline15.04.2024 12:00

M2G visits Logi­MAT 2024

Logi­MAT, Euro­pe’s lea­ding trade fair for intra­lo­gi­stics solu­ti­ons, was once again a mee­ting point for num­e­rous spe­cia­lists and experts this year. This time, the focus lay on the chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties that can ari­se from digi­ta­liza­ti­on and con­nec­ti­vi­ty. Inter­na­tio­nal exhi­bi­tors show­ca­sed their latest deve­lo­p­ments and solutions.

Repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of Mobility2Grid took the oppor­tu­ni­ty to talk to indus­try dele­ga­tes about the appli­ca­ti­on of cli­ma­te-fri­end­ly mobi­li­ty tech­no­lo­gies in logi­stics. Alex­an­der Grah­le, Nina Weber and Lars Tasche dis­cus­sed cur­rent deve­lo­p­ments in the field of hydro­gen trucks with experts from DB Schen­ker and the com­pa­ny Hylane.

DB Schen­ker experts explain an H2 truck to the rese­ar­chers (Copy­right DB Schen­ker / Micha­el Neuhaus)

One high­light was the visit to DB Schen­ker’s air freight site in Stutt­gart. Not only were real-world tri­als of hydro­gen trucks pre­sen­ted here, but reports on the use of the bat­tery-elec­tric eAc­tros were also shared. The­se prac­ti­cal expe­ri­en­ces offer valuable insights into the fea­si­bi­li­ty and effi­ci­en­cy of alter­na­ti­ve dri­ve con­cepts in the logi­stics sector.

Through a clo­se exch­an­ge of rese­arch with com­pa­nies that are test­ing solu­ti­ons in prac­ti­ce, know­ledge can be poo­led in order to achie­ve valuable results. This cor­re­sponds to the core idea of the Mobility2Grid Campus.

Inno­va­ti­on Exch­an­ge #3 on Auto­no­mous Driving

In col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with the Ber­lin Agen­cy for Elec­tro­mo­bi­li­ty eMO, we are hos­ting our third “Inno­va­ti­ons­bör­se zum Auto­no­men Fah­ren” (Inno­va­ti­on Exch­an­ge on Auto­no­mous Dri­ving) on Fri­day, Febru­ary 16th. The event will be hos­ted at the Gesund­heits­cam­pus at ukb e.V. in Mar­zahn-Hel­lers­dorf. Local busi­nesses will dis­cuss how the use of auto­no­mous dri­ving can per­spec­tively impro­ve mobi­li­ty at the loca­ti­on. Mobility2Grid will mode­ra­te work­shops and pro­vi­de impul­ses. The goal is to joint­ly iden­ti­fy needs, deve­lop new ide­as and find initi­al ways to imple­ment auto­no­mous mobi­li­ty solu­ti­ons. As this is an event for an invi­ted cir­cle of experts, regis­tra­ti­on is not pos­si­ble. For fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on, plea­se visit the eMO web­site.

M2G Sym­po­si­um 2023 with a focus on transfer processes

On Fri­day, 3 Novem­ber 2023, the Mobility2Grid rese­arch cam­pus held its annu­al sym­po­si­um on the EUREF site in Ber­lin. This year, the sym­po­si­um was orga­nis­ed in coope­ra­ti­on with the TUB Mas­ter-in-Ener­gy, the EUREF Talent Cam­pus and the nexus Insti­tu­te to form a con­fe­rence entit­led “Chal­lenges in Sus­taina­bi­li­ty: The Gre­at Tran­si­ti­on as a Chall­enge and Chan­ce in Times of Cri­sis”. With the help of fur­ther fun­ding from the Ber­lin Sena­te Depart­ment, the event was orga­nis­ed as part of Ber­lin Sci­ence Week 2023 and ope­ned up to a wide audi­ence. This also gave the Rese­arch Cam­pus the oppor­tu­ni­ty to share the approa­ches of our work with the Ber­lin public, to pre­sent rese­arch fin­dings and to enga­ge in con­s­truc­ti­ve dis­cus­sions. Over 200 peo­p­le took part in the (free) con­fe­rence. On the second day, 4 Novem­ber, a spe­cial alum­ni pro­gram­me was also offe­red for gra­dua­tes of the EUREF MBA programmes.

On the first day, the con­fe­rence focus­sed on the key chal­lenges and trends in the tran­si­ti­on to zero-emis­si­on infra­struc­tures, high­light­ing in par­ti­cu­lar the are­as of ener­gy, mobi­li­ty and buil­dings from a Ger­man and Euro­pean plan­ning per­spec­ti­ve. Decis­i­on-makers from poli­tics and admi­nis­tra­ti­on as well as indus­try pio­neers and rese­ar­chers from dif­fe­rent disci­pli­nes were able to pre­sent their exper­ti­se, latest solu­ti­ons and inno­va­ti­ve ide­as to tack­le today’s sus­taina­bi­li­ty chal­lenges. The con­fe­rence also ser­ved as a uni­que plat­form for dis­cus­sion, net­wor­king and in-depth col­la­bo­ra­ti­on bet­ween sci­ence, poli­tics and indus­try. The shared visi­on for a zero-emis­si­on future took cent­re stage.

The Mobility2Grid rese­arch cam­pus addres­sed transfer ques­ti­ons. First­ly at an urban level: How should cross-city and cross-natio­nal lear­ning be orga­nis­ed so that plan­ners and city plan­ners have fas­ter and more effec­ti­ve trans­port plan­ning tools at their dis­po­sal? And vice ver­sa: What obs­ta­cles (bes­i­des bureau­cra­cy) do cities have to over­co­me within their infle­xi­ble admi­nis­tra­ti­ve struc­tures in order to absorb know­ledge and imple­ment mobi­li­ty inno­va­tions? Jonas Fahl­busch (M2G), Bir­git Detig (Arca­dis), Micha­el Glotz-Rich­ter (Bre­men Sena­te Depart­ment) and Owen Way­good (Poly­tech­ni­que Mon­tré­al) pre­sen­ted various tech­no­lo­gi­cal and orga­ni­sa­tio­nal-plan­ning stra­te­gies and approa­ches to impro­ve and acce­le­ra­te lear­ning pro­ces­ses bet­ween cities on a glo­bal level. 

In our second panel on “Trans­fers, Think Big Visi­ons and Deve­lop Small: Which Stra­tegy for Suc­cess?”, we focus­sed on cur­rent rese­arch topics in our transfer are­as. The aim of the rese­arch are­as is to pro­mo­te know­ledge and inno­va­ti­on for the net­work­ed ener­gy and trans­port tran­si­ti­on at neigh­bour­hood level. In this panel, Nina Weber (M2G), Lilia­ne Smit­mans (M2G) and Richa Sri­vas­ta­va (M2G) pre­sen­ted stra­te­gies for know­ledge transfer bet­ween rese­arch and indus­tri­al neigh­bour­hoods on the path to cli­ma­te neu­tra­li­ty. The panel was accom­pa­nied by a key note from Prof. Sören Salo­mo (TU Ber­lin), who high­ligh­ted the inter­play bet­ween rese­arch and the deve­lo­p­ment of new pro­ducts and ser­vices on glo­bal markets.

The last panel then addres­sed the diver­se uses of hydro­gen in the urban ener­gy and trans­port tran­si­ti­on. Ms Uta Küh­ne (Bre­mer­ha­ven Uni­ver­si­ty of Appli­ed Sci­en­ces) pre­sen­ted rese­arch work by the Smart Mobi­li­ty Insti­tu­te based at the uni­ver­si­ty — for exam­p­le on the deve­lo­p­ment of sta­tio­na­ry and mobi­le H2 refuel­ling sta­ti­ons in the mari­ti­me logi­stics sec­tor. The panel was com­ple­men­ted by M2G indus­try part­ner WILO and col­le­ague Richard Schmidt, who show­ed in his pre­sen­ta­ti­on how the com­pa­ny has set up a com­ple­te H2 sys­tem on its pre­mi­ses and uses it to sup­p­ly local companies.

We would like to thank all spea­k­ers, par­ti­ci­pan­ts and partners for the extre­me­ly infor­ma­ti­ve and insightful exch­an­ge on transfer pro­ces­ses. Through your valuable con­tri­bu­ti­ons, you were able to fos­ter a fruitful dia­lo­gue and fur­ther advan­ce our under­stan­ding of the deve­lo­p­ment of transfer work in the field of a con­nec­ted ener­gy and trans­port tran­si­ti­on. We great­ly app­re­cia­te your com­mit­ment and par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on and look for­ward to next year’s symposium.


©nexus, Pho­to Cre­dit: Tobi­as Rücker

Day 1:

09:30Wel­co­me and Cof­fee (at Was­ser­turm)
10:00Ope­ning (at Was­ser­turm) Chair: Hans-Liud­ger Die­nel, TU Ber­lin Diet­mar Göh­lich, Mobility2Grid Joa­chim Mül­ler-Kir­chen­bau­er, TU Ber­lin Karin Teich­mann, EUREF AG   Wel­co­me: Micha­el Biel, Staats­se­kre­tär­für Wirt­schaft, Ener­gie und Betrie­be, Ber­lin Senate
10:30Key­note: Mar­tin Faul­stich, TU Dortmund
11:30Par­al­lel ses­si­on A1 (at Was­ser­turm) Skil­led Labor Shorta­ge (or Not)?   Chair: Hans-Liud­ger Die­nel, TU Ber­lin   Iris Bruck­haus, Schnei­der Elec­tric Alex­an­der Rein­hold, Con­vex Ener­gy Bian­ca Stoehr, SPIE     This ses­si­on will out­line the main issues faced in the labor mar­ket, addres­sing the lack of com­pe­ten­ci­es in the sus­taina­bi­li­ty field. It will dis­cuss the expec­ta­ti­ons of the indus­try and the task of aca­de­mia in offe­ring both soft and hard skills. The speech will focus on Ger­ma­ny from a Euro­pean perspective.Par­al­lel ses­si­on B1 (at Grüns)  (Know­ledge) Trans­fers City to City, Regi­on to Regi­on   Chair: Jonas Fahl­busch, Mobility2Grid   Bir­git Detig, Arca­dis Micha­el Glotz-Rich­ter, Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of Bre­men Owen Way­good, Poly­tech­ni­que Mon­tré­al     In this panel we explo­re how cities and regi­ons can enhan­ce their orga­niza­tio­nal and poli­cy effec­ti­ve­ness through lear­ning from other cities. How should cross-regio­nal and cross-natio­nal lear­ning be desi­gned that it helps cities on their pathway to zero-car­bon trans­por­ta­ti­on? And, vice ver­sa, what bar­riers (bes­i­des bureau­cra­cy) do cities have to over­co­me within their infle­xi­ble admi­nis­tra­ti­ve struc­tures in order to absorb know­ledge and imple­ment mobi­li­ty innovations?
Geral­di­ne Rauch, Pre­si­dent TU Berlin
14:00Par­al­lel ses­si­on A2 (at Was­ser­turm) Navi­ga­ting Sus­tainable Tran­si­ti­on: Embra­cing Hope in an Era of Uncer­tain­ty   Chair:  Juli­an Wékel, TU Ber­lin

Mar­ta Doeh­ler-Behz­adi, IBA GmbH Bar­ba­ra Engel, Karls­ru­her Insti­tut für Tech­no­lo­gie
Ange­la Mil­li­on, TU Ber­lin
Andre­as Schul­ten, bul­wi­en­ge­sa AG

The panel will dis­cuss the sus­tainable tran­si­ti­on in the Ger­man con­text, empha­si­zing housing, urban plan­ning, social fac­tors, and poli­cy. Experts will explo­re envi­ron­men­tal­ly-fri­end­ly housing, inclu­si­ve urban plan­ning, and social equi­ty. They will high­light poli­ci­es sup­port­ing sus­tainable deve­lo­p­ment and aim to inspi­re hope amid uncertainty.
Par­al­lel ses­si­on B2 (Grüns)  Trans­fers, Think Big Visi­ons and Deve­lop Small: Which Stra­tegy for Suc­cess?   Chair: Nina Weber, Mobility2Grid   Key­note: Sören Salo­mo, TU Ber­lin   Max Brahms, HTW Lilia­ne Smit­mans, Inno2Grid Richa Sri­vas­ta­va, HTW   In this panel, we del­ve into the dyna­mic world of know­ledge trans­fers bet­ween indus­try and sci­ence. We aim to explo­re the stra­te­gies and best prac­ti­ces for suc­cessful­ly imple­men­ting trans­fers and bridging the gap bet­ween the­se realms, and dis­co­ver how visi­ons can be trans­la­ted into actionable steps, fos­te­ring inno­va­ti­on and dri­ving progress.
15:30Cof­fee break 
16:00Par­al­lel ses­si­on A3 (at Was­ser­turm) 
The Gre­at Tran­si­ti­on as Gover­nan­ce and Manage­ment Chal­lenges   Chair: Joa­chim Mül­ler-Kir­chen­bau­er, TU Ber­lin   Simon Schä­fer-Stra­dowsky, IKEM Jens Diet­rich, Sie­mens Ener­gy Mev­li­da Vela­gic, Schnei­der Elec­tric   This ses­si­on will focus on the con­se­quen­ces of govern­ment objec­ti­ves and decis­i­ons for the indus­tries and the peo­p­le enga­ged in the tran­si­ti­on. It will out­line how new gene­ra­ti­ons of young experts are best trained.
Par­al­lel ses­si­on B3 (at Grüns)  H2 – Com­pe­ti­ti­on or Com­ple­ti­on to Elec­tri­fi­ca­ti­on     Chair: Anne Syré, TU  Ber­lin   Uta Küh­ne, Hoch­schu­le Bre­mer­ha­ven Hamid Mos­to­fi, TU Ber­lin (CCC Pro­ject) Richard Schmidt, WILO   In this panel, we explo­re the poten­ti­al role of hydro­gen in rela­ti­on to sus­tainable mobi­li­ty. Via a thought-pro­vo­king deba­te, we aim to trig­ger a dyna­mic dis­cus­sion on syn­er­gies, chal­lenges, and oppor­tu­ni­ties, sha­ping a sus­tainable ener­gy and mobi­li­ty landscape.
18:00Final remarks  Hans-Liud­ger Die­nel, TU Berlin
18:30Mas­ter The­ses Awards 
19:00Din­ner, music, net­wor­king 

Day 2 (Alum­ni Event):

10:00Wel­co­me and Cof­fee (at Was­ser­turm)
10:30Ope­ning (at Was­ser­turm) Joa­chim Mül­ler-Kir­chen­bau­er, TU Berlin
11:00Keep the Bond — TU Ber­lin Alum­ni Network 
Julia­ne Wil­helm, TU Berlin
11:30Navi­ga­ting a Sus­tainable Care­er Land­scape: Ampli­fy­ing Suc­cess through Trans­fera­ble Skills
Klaus G. Kam­mer­mei­er, TU Berlin
Stra­te­gies for Business Acce­le­ra­ti­on: Unleas­hing Your Entre­pre­neu­ri­al Poten­ti­al Mar­tin Kern, TU Ber­lin — Cent­re for Entrepreneurship
12:30Cof­fee Break
12:45Alums Slots 
14:45Navi­ga­ting Doc­to­ral Aspi­ra­ti­ons: Pro­vi­ding Gui­dance for Inter­na­tio­nal Can­di­da­tes at TU Ber­lin Sophie Mül­ler-Moe­wes, TU Ber­lin — Cen­ter for Juni­or ScholarsEle­va­te Your Care­er: Navi­ga­ting Ger­many’s Indus­try Job Mar­ket as a Mas­ter’s Alum Hei­di Störr, Push your CareerChar­ting Your Cour­se: Explo­ring Your Pas­si­ons and Talents for Aca­de­mic and Post-Aca­de­mic Care­er Pro­gres­si­on
Bir­te Sef­fert, Ger­man Scho­lars Orga­niza­ti­on e.V
15:45Alums Slots 
16:45Cof­fee Break
17:00Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Chal­lenges in 2023
Time for net­wor­king and working tog­e­ther — Round table with experts
19:00Din­ner, Music, and Network (with the Experts) 

LoI M2G & Depart­ment of Urban Manage­ment at Kyo­to University

Mobility2Grid and the Depart­ment of Urban Manage­ment of Kyo­to Uni­ver­si­ty signed Let­ter of Intent for scientific coope­ra­ti­on in the future. The aim is to deepen fur­ther joint scientific acti­vi­ties and fos­ter alre­a­dy exis­ting exch­an­ge pro­grams of sci­en­tists from both institutions.‑

Hub­ject zeemobase

An important foun­da­ti­on stone at the zeemo­ba­se in the Mobility2Grid pro­ject has been laid: Hub­ject and inno2grid suc­cessful­ly instal­led an 150 kW Hyper­char­ger from Alpi­tro­nic on the zeemo­ba­se. The instal­la­ti­on of Plug&Charge capa­ble hard­ware is an important mile­stone for the smart char­ging show­ca­se deve­lo­ped by Hub­ject, inno2grid, TU Ber­lin and Grid&Co for the Mobility2Grid project.

M2G transfer area ring­ber­lin turns into new model cam­pus: Maker space for inno­va­ti­on, sci­ence and eco­no­my emerges

At this stage, ring­ber­lin is a transfer area in the rese­arch pro­ject mobility2grid with TU Ber­lin and HTW Ber­lin among others, to deve­lop approa­ches for an intel­li­gent com­bi­na­ti­on of mobi­li­ty and ener­gy.
Also for Fran­zis­ka Gif­fey, the Mayor Sena­tor for Eco­no­mic Affairs, Ener­gy and Public Enter­pri­ses, the pro­ject is an important con­tri­bu­ti­on to the eco­no­mic and sus­tainable deve­lo­p­ment of Ber­lin: “Ber­lin is the ger­man capi­tal city for start­ups and one of the most popu­lar metro­po­lis for foun­ders world­wi­de. We want to remain that way and that is why we con­stant­ly impro­ve the con­di­ti­ons for start­ups. Young com­pa­nies urgen­tly need spaces and places like this new cam­pus that sys­te­ma­ti­cal­ly brings tog­e­ther sci­ence and eco­no­my and pro­vi­des the neces­sa­ry space to deve­lop und imple­ment new ideas.”

Auto­no­mous dri­ving in Berlin

Auto­no­mous dri­ving is also refer­red to as “The Next Big Thing” in mobi­li­ty and will play an important role in the trans­port sys­tem of the future. Trans­port cos­ts can be opti­mi­sed, emis­si­ons redu­ced and mobi­li­ty impro­ved for many people.

In Ber­lin, the use of auto­no­mous vehic­les is alre­a­dy being pre­pared at full speed. Tog­e­ther with the rese­arch pro­ject KIS’M, eMO, the Ber­lin Sena­te Depart­ment for Mobi­li­ty (Sen­UMVK) and BVG, a wide varie­ty of use cases and are­as of appli­ca­ti­on for this new tech­no­lo­gy will be dis­cus­sed at our transfer area ringberlin.

We ask our­sel­ves: Which poten­ti­al does auto­no­mous dri­ving have for ring­ber­lin and the dis­trict Mari­en­dorf (as a business loca­ti­on)? Whe­re is the use of auto­no­mous vehic­les sen­si­ble and purposeful?