Twelve years RLI – Twelve years of successful research for the energy transition
8. February 2022
Das Bild zeigt eine schematische Darstellung: ein runder Tisch, an dem 8 Menschen sitzen. Auf dem Tisch: Eine Lupe, ein Bildschirm mit einer Palme darauf und ein Stift.
Development of toolkits and virtual trainings for integrating renewable energies into energy systems of Pacific islands
20. February 2022
Twelve years RLI – Twelve years of successful research for the energy transition
8. February 2022
Das Bild zeigt eine schematische Darstellung: ein runder Tisch, an dem 8 Menschen sitzen. Auf dem Tisch: Eine Lupe, ein Bildschirm mit einer Palme darauf und ein Stift.
Development of toolkits and virtual trainings for integrating renewable energies into energy systems of Pacific islands
20. February 2022

Buffered-HLL – Grid friendly, cost-efficient high-power charging system for medium sized, commercial public transport in suburban areas

The electrification of public transport in rural areas has challenges: In the Buffered-HLL project, a consortium of different partners is developing and testing the charging infrastructure for electric buses (e-buses) at Bensheim region, Odenwald. In this joint project, RLI is developing a strategy for the complete electrification of buses operated by Verkehrsgesellschaft Gersprenztal (VGG). RLI is furthermore investigating the potential of charging technology for further applications.

Charging infrastructure for e-buses in rural areas

Medium sized, commercial bus companies are important for the local public transport in rural areas. They are relevant partners in electrification. As part of the project, a grid friendly charging infrastructure with depot and opportunity charging for public transport will be developed, implemented and tested during regular operation over 18 months.

Special challenges for network operators and transport companies

Network operators and transport companies in rural areas have specific challenges to overcome. For example, operators must ensure that the power grid and grid connection points can be operated safely with the additional load resulting from the electrification of public transport. Charging and storage solutions can help to provide an efficient network of high-power charging (HPC) stations without requiring a major expansion of the power grids. For transport companies, an economically viable supply of energy for electric buses is necessary. The routes and circulation planning of the vehicles are relevant. Buses often cover longer distances.

Strategy for the complete electrification of buses

In order to develop practical solutions to integrate the required infrastructure, RLI is creating a strategy for the complete electrification of the buses. Energy systems will be optimized at selected bus stops and at the depot to charge the vehicles. For the HPC-Charging stations the implementation of flywheel storage systems as buffer will be investigated. This is intended to minimize the fast charging impacts on the power grid.
In addition, RLI researchers are developing strategies to operate the charging stations economically and investigate their possibilities for different use cases by an analysis of transferability. This is how the potential for a roll out of the technology and its impact on power grids will be determined.

Project duration: July 2021 – June 2024

The RLI assumes the following tasks:

  • Development of a strategy for full electrification
  • Install and optimize energy systems at stops and in the depot
  • Potential survey for flexibility options
  • Business model identification
  • Potential survey for the use of flywheel storage systems
Adaptive Balancing Power


CuroCon GmbH


Isabellenhütte Heusler GmbH & Co. KG


Verkehrsgesellschaft Gersprenztal mbH (VGG)


Contact



Julian Brendel


Project manager

Jakob Gemassmer


Researcher
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