Intelligent Systems for Energy and Mobility

The object of research is intelligent systems for managing integrated system components in the area of energy management and supply, vehicle dynamics, electrical drives, driver assistance and integral vehicle safety. In the energy area, the focus is on the use of renewable energies.

 

The following are actively engaged in the research area:

  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Automotive Engineering
  • Faculty of Computer Science/IT
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Transport-Sports-Tourism-Media
  • Faculty of Supply Engineering

 

 


 

Research Projects

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Researchers give an insight into their work

In interviews, the researchers present the research area and one of their research projects.

 

Intelligent Systems for Energy and Mobility - Prof. Bikker and Prof. Cerbe

"We are making our contribution to the major future topics" - Prof. Bikker and Prof. Cerbe in dialogue about the research area

Energy and mobility are important areas – economically, socially, ecologically. In this interview, the professors Gert Bikker and Thomas Cerbe explain why the research area "Intelligent Systems for Energy and Mobility" has such a high value at Ostfalia. And they discuss in which projects they shape the developments and why their teaching also benefits from the research.

 


Professor Bikker, Professor Cerbe, at Ostfalia research activities in the fields of energy and mobility play a major role. What distinguishes your research area from the others?

Gert Bikker: It is true that the topics of energy and mobility are also strongly represented in other research areas. There our scientists deal primarily with the technical development of components and sub-systems. We, on the other hand, consider it rather in overarching interactions: Our job is to adroitly combine these subsystems, also through informational systems and digitisation – in order to arrive at new functions.

Thomas Cerbe: E-carsharing is a good example to illustrate this. Carsharing is a system of communication that combines sophisticated technologies with one another from GPS to digitisation. It offers people the opportunity to share a vehicle and use it as needed – that’s intelligent mobility. And what happens during the time the vehicles are not required? Then the fleet, which has a lot of storage at its disposal, can supply excess energy into the network and thus become an energy supplier. Consequently, we combine an intelligent system for mobility with an intelligent system for energy.

 


Which requirements must be met in order for such a system to succeed?

Thomas Cerbe: We need a functioning business model, because an operator must be able to earn money with the system. The technique is one thing, the acceptance by the users and the efficiency are another. At the Institute for Traffic Management at the Ostfalia Salzgitter Campus we have initiated projects in which we work on how these systems can be accepted by people. Not only engineers are at home in our research area, but also social scientists. This is our great advantage.

Gert Bikker: Electromobility is a topic that connects us all – in contrast to earlier, when every discipline worked in a very specialised manner. Today, interdisciplinarity is solidly anchored in our research area. Also through the Centre for Electromobility at Ostfalia, in short CEMO. Here researchers from six faculties work together: Electrical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Transport-Sports-Tourism-Media and Supply Engineering.

 


What does the networking outside the university look like?

Gert Bikker: With automobile manufacturers, energy providers and many citizens, we are participating in a project of the District of Wolfenbüttel. Here we ask ourselves: What does electromobility mean for rural areas? Here the roads and ranges are different than in large cities. In the towns we test concretely how an intelligent networking can improve the mobility in the countryside – through the establishment of a charging infrastructure, E-car sharing systems and others. Our project partners benefit from the know-how that is present in CEMO.

Thomas Cerbe: The collaboration between universities has increased as well: in the area of energy with Clausthal University of Technology and in the area of mobility with Technical University Braunschweig. We have many cooperative doctoral projects, and we all benefit from the exchange of experience.

 


What are you currently working on?

Gert Bikker: Electromobility is only one topic. Other topics include energy management and supply, driving dynamics, driver assistance – and also integral vehicle safety. The vehicles are opening up outwards. They network with one another and with the infrastructure in order to be able to communicate with each other. With our research projects we are accompanying this development. We respond to the question which applications arise through the open interfaces and how we can realise them technically. And we investigate what this development means for the safety of the vehicle: for the reliability of the system and for ensuring that no unauthorised persons can gain access.

 


Why do the topics of energy and mobility have such a high value at Ostfalia?

Gert Bikker: Because energy and mobility secure the economic success of our region. We are making our contribution to the major future topics …

Thomas Cerbe: …and because the two systems can increasingly grow together – also in our home, where in the future we will be able to connect our vehicle with our energy system. In the fields of energy and mobility, great changes are coming, and we want to help shape this development. And there is another good reason.

 


Which one?

Thomas Cerbe: We carry out research not only for others, but also for ourselves, so that Ostfalia gathers new experience and continues to develop. It is wonderful when I learn something in a research project and I can pass my knowledge on to the students. In the fields of energy and mobility, research and teaching are especially connected.

 

Testraum_KATE

Development of a Self-Learning Transport System for logistics automation

Artificial intelligence and process automation are increasingly gaining relevance for the economy – especially regarding logistic processes. In order to automate existing storage systems, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Bachem, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Lichte and scientific employees of the Faculty of Automotive Engineering started the project “SeLeTraSys” (Self-Learning Transport System).

The primary goal of the project is the development of an industrial transport robot prototype that can act within large storage systems without the need for external infrastructure. To achieve this goal, robots need to be equipped with a variety of sensors and sophisticated software. This equipment allows them to map out their work area, detect dynamic changes and react to unforeseen dangers, such as pedestrians or blocked passages, by automatically finding a new safe route.

The robots will be powered by batteries and will be able to transport a 200 kg load. The battery life will depend on the number of integrated sensors and the workload.

After the successful conclusion of the project, the gained knowledge and expertise will be used to further develop production series of robots in cooperation with industry partners.

The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (German title: “SeLeTraSys – Selbstlernendes Transportsystem”).

As part of Ostfalia’s German research podcast, Christoph Rohmann, scientific employee at the Faculty of Automotive Engineering, and Peter Paas, student assistant at the Knowledge and Technology Transfer, talked about the project “SeLeTraSys“, giving an insight into the technical development of systems which enable successful automation.

 

The podcast can be found  here (in German language).

 

Project Management:

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Bachem & Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Lichte, Faculty of Automotive Engineering

 

Project Duration:

  • 01.08.2018 - 31.07.2021

 

Federal States Funding:

  • Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE)

 

The full project description can be found here.

 

EU_EFRE_regionale Entwicklung

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