Autonomous People Mover Regensburg | das Stadtwerk.Emilia

From 01.09.2021, as part of a two-year pilot project, two fully electric autonomous shuttle buses ran from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a circular route in the Regensburg business park. The route was 1.1 kilometers long with seven stops. Passengers could use the shuttle service free of charge every 5-10 minutes.

To the image filmabout the pilot project Autonomous People Mover Regensburg.

Both vehicles have transported a total of around 5,000 passengers over a distance of 8,473 km. Compared to a conventional vehicle, this saved over two tons of climate-damaging CO2.

The research and development project was funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). Approximately 4.8 million euros were made available through the funding project.

Project partner

  • Autonomous Reply GmbH
  • AVL Software and Functions GmbH
  • das Stadtwerk Regensburg.Mobilität GmbH
  • Valeo Switches and Sensors GmbH
  • University of Regensburg

The Cluster Mobility & Logistics co-initiated the project.

Energy management system for controlling decentralized energy grids | EmDeNetz project

In the "EmDeNetz - Energy management system for controlling decentralized energy networks" project, a system with decentralized controls for energy producers and consumers was developed. By using artificial neural networks and machine learning methods, forecasts of heat and electricity consumption were created and schedules for decentralized power generation were derived. A decentralized energy management system (EMS) was developed that makes it possible to equip low-resource energy managers in the field (EM) with AI and use them as control elements in microgrids (regional, self-contained intelligent power distribution networks).


The project was initiated in the IntelliZell network Intelligent Energy Distribution for Grid Relief at Cell Level of the Mobility & Logistics Cluster. The project was funded as part of the Central Innovation Program for SMEs ZIM of the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWK).

Project duration: 01.12.2020 - 30.11.2023

Project partner

Grid-compatible integral electromobility energy management system | NiEMob project

The aim of the grid-serving integral electromobility energy management system for decentralized energy supply systems (NiEMob) project was to develop a technology for significantly improving energy and cost efficiency in electrical distribution grids with increased integration of renewable energies, with a particular focus on electromobility. This was to be achieved through the digitalization and flexibilization of e-mobility.


The project was initiated in the IntelliZell network Intelligent Energy Distribution for Grid Relief at Cell Level of the Mobility & Logistics Cluster. The project was funded as part of the Central Innovation Program for SMEs ZIM of the Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWK).

Project duration: 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2022

Project partner

Intelligent energy distribution for grid relief at cell level | IntelliZell R&D network

Existing electricity grid infrastructures are inadequately prepared for the requirements of the energy transition and the e-mobility inherently associated with it. Grid-friendly, intelligent technical solutions can mitigate unstable grid situations at the low-voltage level so that cost-intensive, higher-level grid regulation can be avoided. Grid stability can be improved by focusing on the grid-friendly behavior of generators such as photovoltaic systems and combined heat and power plants. Through the appropriate integration of energy storage systems, but also through disruptive approaches such as blockchain technology, which is intended to enable the control of energy grids through smart contracts.
Renewable energy systems, energy storage systems, charging stations, electric vehicles and consumers can be combined interoperably to optimize the use of locally available energy. Our focus here is explicitly on the integration of electromobility in a significant context.

Project sponsor: VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (Central Innovation Program for SMEs ZIM of the BMWK)

The network brought together specialists from various fields in joint R&D projects to develop innovative solutions focusing on the following topics:

  • Energy generation and energy storage

Grid stabilization through intelligent control of feeders

  • smart contracting

Blockchain technology

  • Dynamic simulation environments for control systems in a microgrid

Concepts for energy management systems

Project partner

MultiRange | Ultra-fast charging system for electric vehicles

Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular with customers. This is also shown by a number of market studies that predict a rapid increase in the number of registrations over the next few years. In order to be able to recharge as much of the range as possible in as little time as possible, new developments are also required on the infrastructure side. One achievable goal is a charging stop where 500 km can be charged in 14 minutes. To achieve this, it is necessary to develop technologies for ultra-fast charging of electric vehicles.

The companies AVL Software and Functions GmbH and Prettl Elektrik Automotive GmbH are developing this ultra-fast charging system for electric vehicles at the Regensburg site. It has a modular design and incorporates established standards and charging capacities and can charge up to 500kW. For comparison: Tesla Superchargers have so far reached 90 kW, the latest "only" 145 kW charging power. This project also includes a bidirectional connection to the smart grid. As a result, a versatile, comprehensive and therefore future-proof charging concept is being developed.

The project was conceived together with the Cluster Mobility & Logistics and will be implemented until the end of 2020. It was funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy as part of the "Electromobility and innovative drive technologies for mobile applications (BayEMA)" funding program.


Project partner

  • AVL Software and Functions GmbH
  • Prettl Elektrik Automotive GmbH

Adaptive energy management system | Smart Charging Community (SCC)

"Smart Charging Community (SCC)" - under this project name, companies in the cluster have an adaptive energy management system that improves energy efficiency and integrates electromobility. The project was funded with two million euros by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

On January 16, 2014, the partners - six companies and two universities - met for the kick-off at the IT-Speicher. The project coordinator is the Mobility & Logistics Cluster (formerly the "Intelligent Charging Technology in E-Mobility (iLEM)" network) under the umbrella of R-Tech GmbH - a subsidiary of the City of Regensburg.

The intelligent energy management system of the future will consist of modules that monitor and manage the power generated and consumed in households and local grid stations. This will improve both efficiency and security of supply. The energy manager installed in households will access photovoltaic systems, mini and micro combined heat and power plants, energy storage systems and home charging stations for electric vehicles, for example. An energy manager in the local grid station enables a connection to the energy supply company.

In addition to the charging infrastructure and energy supply, the system also integrates electromobility. "With this system, we are helping to reduce the overall costs of the energy transition," emphasizes project coordinator Uwe Pfeil, Manager of the Cluster Mobility & Logistics.

Project partner

  • Continental AG
  • Enerix Alternative Energietechnik GmbH & Co.KG
  • iNTENCE automotive electronics GmbH
  • Optimus Meine Energie GmbH
  • Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule (OTH) Regensburg
  • REWAG AG & Co.KG
  • Schindler & Schill GmbH
  • Technische Hochschule Deggendorf (THD)

Secure Smart Grid|Load Balancer

A team of companies and the Kelheim municipal utilities want to develop an intelligent metering device to ensure more efficient energy consumption.

The debate about the energy transition is currently dominated by questions about supply and transportation - such as the Bavarian power line. Which plants will produce the electricity for German consumers and companies in the future? Which grids will be needed? Another important component is sometimes being overlooked: energy consumption. This fluctuates over the course of the day - which is why it will become increasingly important in the coming years to adapt it to the actual energy supply.

Intelligent electricity meters are intended to help solve this problem. So-called smart meters are designed to measure the electricity consumption of households and compare it with the current electricity supply. If there is a plentiful supply of electricity at the time, because many wind or solar power plants are in operation, electricity prices should fall. The smart meter should then ensure that a particularly large amount of electricity is consumed at these times - it could automatically start the washing machine or charge the electric car in the future - if the customer so wishes. A similar project called "Smart Grid Load Balancer" is currently being developed in the district of Kelheim - except that the approach is different. Stadtwerke Kelheim, Regensburg University of Applied Sciences and the companies EBSnet/eEnergy, evopro Systems engineering, genua mbH and Sener-Tec-Center have joined forces for this project. Stadtwerke Kelheim and its customers serve as application partners. Currently, only smart meters that are permanently installed instead of conventional electricity meters are available on the market. The project group wants to develop a so-called MicroSmartMeter (MSM). The big difference is that it fits into any socket. The product is comparable to the adapters that are connected to the devices to be measured in SmartMeters.

The MSM is designed for normal households. It should therefore be affordable and pay for itself within two or three years. The customer plugs it in between the socket and the plug of the freezer, for example. The electricity consumption of the appliance is then measured. The aim now is for the municipal utility company to be able to switch appliances on and off via its control center using the MSM.

According to Gerhard Hinz from Stadtwerke, this is an advantage in several respects: "We would be able to provide relief during power peaks. Switching off a freezer for ten minutes doesn't help much - but if we do that for 1000 households, we have to buy in less electricity." On the other hand, this relief could spread the grid expansion in the district over several years. The planned savings per year for the municipal utilities: 80,000 to 100,000 euros. In addition, electricity-intensive appliances such as washing machines or dryers could be switched on when there is a particularly high supply of electricity from solar or wind power plants.

Project partner

The MicroSmartMeter project has already been completed. The costs amounted to around 1.4 million euros, with the research project being supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs as part of the Bavarian ICT funding program

Involved were: Stadtwerke Kelheim, EBSnet|eEnergy Software GmbH, Genua Gesellschaft für Netzwerk- und Unix-Administration mbH, evopro Systems engineering AG, SenerTec-Center Nord-Ost Bayern GmbH and OTH Regensburg.

FraLa|Framework for charging stations

The Cluster Mobility & Logistics has developed a marketable concept that optimizes the operation and use of charging systems for e-vehicles. The aim of the FraLa (Framework for Charging Stations) funding project under the project management of the e-mobility cluster was to create a kind of "construction kit" for charging station manufacturers, which should make all further product developments and usability easier, faster and cheaper for the user.

In addition to the currently insufficient range, the lack of charging stations is another reason why the development of electromobility is lagging behind expectations and targets. The companies and research institutions involved in the funding project launched a prototype system that can accelerate the market ramp-up of the drive technology. The main focus of the funding was on software engineering, human-machine communication, data networks for intelligent infrastructure and technical IT services. The partners involved developed a software solution for modern, intuitive and user-friendly human-machine communication.

The motivation for the project was, on the one hand, to ensure cooperation between different charging stations and to simplify and standardize the operation of the stations for the user. For example, the system guides the user through the charging process and is also available on mobile devices. The advantages for operators include simplified access to services such as service & repair or billing and the accessibility of a larger user base. The feasibility of the concept has already been proven in the project phase and could serve as the basis for industrialization. The charging system itself can be revised and brought to market maturity. The project partners are already in talks regarding follow-up projects.


Project partner

The project consortium consisted of the companies evopro systems engineering AG, i-NOATiON GmbH, iNTENCE automotive electronics GmbH, initPRO GmbH and the universities of Regensburg and Deggendorf.

FraLa started in 2013 and was funded with 1.2 million euros by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology.