Academia-Industry Dialogue: Energy Storage on Locomotives and the Railway System
1st October 2015 at ETH Zürich
The first Academia–Industry Dialog has been very successful. All members of Capacity Area A1 (e-mobility batteries) and members of Capacity Area B1 were able to meet the most important representatives of the Swiss railway companies. Visitors even came from abroad (Mannheim, Bombardier) und numerous representatives of SBB were present. The following people have attended the dialog:
- Christian Gerster, Head of Products & Engineering, Propulsion & Controls at Bombardier Transportation
- Christian Köbel, Director Primove Product Management
- Urs Bikle, Member of the Board at Stadler Rail AG, Bussnang
- Markus Häusermann, Division Manager, Project House at Siemens
The following two very important results have emerged for SCCER CA A1 from the discussion:
- Opportunities for energy storage in the track material lie mainly in diesel electric locomotives. Bombardier, in particular, is a pioneer in this field.
- Autonomous driving is an almost more important subject in railway transportation than on the road. All systems (security) are actually available and the benefit (energy) is quantifiable. SCCER together with SBB could be playing a leading role here.
- Autonomous driving on the road is a threat to the public transportation business case as the road is getting more and more resource (time) and energy efficient on the one hand and independence in terms of time makes it extremely attractive on the other hand.
- Energy efficiency and public transportation is also an issue with regard to the provision of energy. Accordingly, losses in the net play a major role. If transportation losses are high, storage, e.g. at the side of the tracks, plays an increasing role. This should be investigated (Weidmann).
program - participant list - presentations (for SCCER Mobility members only)