City: Oberhausen is located on the river Emscher in the Ruhr Area. This middle-sized city is known for International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and a unique exhibition space Gasometer Oberhausen. Historically, its economy was largely focused on mining and steel production.
Public transport in Oberhausen: Regarding the public transport, the local operator, STOAG, provides an extensive coverage of bus and tram services.
In the project: The ELIPTIC activities in Oberhausen are led by STOAG with support of Berends Consult.
ELIPTIC use cases in Oberhausen:
Pillar A - Opportunity (re)charging of e-buses by using tram catenaries and sub-stations
Within this feasibility study, STOAG operates two ebus lines, each with a battery bus: one ebus being chargerfrom a sub-station of the tram (the charger with an output of 200 kW is located in the substation, it could therefore also charge other buses), the other one taking energy energy directly from the contact line. Monitoring and evaluation of these real data demonstrations will contribute to the use case implementation as well as technology, business case and development schemes assessment in the project.
The second use case aims to show how the existing direct current (DC) power infrastructure of the local tram/rail network can be used for fast charging of e-cars, including legal and payment frameworks. As a first (intermediate) step, STOAG plans to use external installed charging components as a replacement, which generates the DC voltage needed for the required charge current at the e-car pick-up point. At the charger, only a DC plug is then required and this would lead to the demonstration of how to use the existing DC infrastructure of a local PT system for further initiation of intermodal mobility solutions (incl. fast charging from a passenger demand side). If industry can provide charging stations during the project’s lifetime, the new solutions might be adopted.