10 mil­lion euros in fund­ing to devel­op solu­tions for cli­mate-neu­tral city

The Mobility2Grid research cam­pus is enter­ing its sec­ond fund­ing phase. In the peri­od between 2022 and 2027, the net­work of a total of ten sci­en­tif­ic and busi­ness part­ners will receive fund­ing from the Ger­man Fed­er­al Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Research (BMBF) total­ing 10 mil­lion euros. The chair­man of the research cam­pus is Prof. Dr. Diet­mar Göh­lich, who heads the Meth­ods of Prod­uct Devel­op­ment and Mecha­tron­ics depart­ment at the TU Berlin. A total of sev­en TU Berlin depart­ments are involved in the Mobility2Grid research campus.

Rethink­ing mobil­i­ty — Mobility2Grid research campus

The elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of trans­port is a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to explore ener­gy and trans­port sys­tems togeth­er and to exploit syn­er­gies. The Mobility2Grid research cam­pus — locat­ed on the EUREF site in Berlin-Schöneberg — research­es and imple­ments inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to ensure the sup­ply of elec­tric­i­ty, heat and trans­port in the long term in an afford­able, secure and ful­ly renew­able ener­gy-based man­ner. To this end, elec­tri­fi­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies for all rel­e­vant mobil­i­ty sec­tors and their cou­pling with a decen­tral­ized ener­gy grid are being designed. The EUREF cam­pus in Berlin serves as a test and ref­er­ence neighborhood.

The core idea of the Mobility2Grid research cam­pus is the inte­gra­tion of com­mer­cial and pri­vate elec­tric road vehi­cles into intel­li­gent, decen­tral­ized ener­gy grids.
In the first fund­ing phase from 2015 to 2020, the research pri­or­i­ties have been dis­trib­uted across the fol­low­ing sev­en the­mat­ic areas: “Accep­tance and Par­tic­i­pa­tion,” “Smart Grid Infra­struc­tures,” “Net­worked E Mobil­i­ty,” “Bus and Com­mer­cial Trans­port,” “Edu­ca­tion and Knowl­edge Trans­fer,” “Dig­i­tal Spaces,” and, as a cross-cut­ting the­mat­ic area, “Oper­a­tion and Utilization.”

Among the results is that a com­pre­hen­sive traf­fic and mobil­i­ty con­cept for the EUREF cam­pus could be cre­at­ed and imple­ment­ed. In addi­tion, the oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ty of autonomous vehi­cles was test­ed on the EUREF cam­pus, a dig­i­tal book­ing tool for opti­miz­ing oper­a­tional elec­tric fleet solu­tions was devel­oped, and select­ed par­tial con­cepts of the EUREF cam­pus in Berlin-Schöneberg could be trans­ferred to oth­er loca­tions (EUREF cam­pus Düs­sel­dorf, res­i­den­tial area “Berlin­er Platz” in Erfurt ).

The sec­ond fund­ing phase of the research cam­pus, which has now been approved, will make it pos­si­ble to imple­ment the blue­print devel­oped in recent years for the expan­sion of urban areas in var­i­ous imple­men­ta­tion projects over the next few years. For this pur­pose, four Berlin sites were iden­ti­fied which, due to their pre­req­ui­sites, are suit­able for the trans­fer and expan­sion of core ele­ments of the research and devel­op­ment work on the EUREF Cam­pus. These are the site of the Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Devel­op­ment (MPIB), the Schindler Inno­va­tion Cam­pus Berlin (SICB), the site of the Berlin.Industrial.Group. (B.I.G.) and the new hous­ing con­struc­tion project “Das Neue Garten­feld” (DNG). Added to this is the new­ly emerg­ing EUREF Cam­pus Düsseldorf.

Part­ners in the Mobility2Grid research campus

A total of 36 part­ners from sci­ence and indus­try are involved. From the TU Berlin the fol­low­ing depart­ments are involved: Depart­ment of Work Science/Technology and Par­tic­i­pa­tion, DAI Lab­o­ra­to­ry, Depart­ment of Logis­tics, Depart­ment of Meth­ods of Prod­uct Devel­op­ment and Mecha­tron­ics, Depart­ment of Ener­gy Sup­ply Net­works and Inte­gra­tion of Renew­able Ener­gies, Depart­ment of Road Plan­ning and Road Oper­a­tions, and the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion Sys­tem Plan­ning and Traf­fic Telematics.

Cam­pus EUREF

On the EUREF cam­pus in Berlin-Schöneberg, more than 5,000 peo­ple work, research and learn in more than 150 com­pa­nies, insti­tu­tions and start-ups around the top­ics of ener­gy, mobil­i­ty and sus­tain­abil­i­ty. Since the project began in 2008, the approx­i­mate­ly 5.5‑hectare urban quar­ter, which has already been meet­ing the Ger­man gov­ern­men­t’s 2045 cli­mate tar­gets since 2014, has devel­oped into a real lab­o­ra­to­ry for the ener­gy tran­si­tion that is unique in Europe.