Entwicklung der notwendigen Modifikationen eines Bestandsverbrennungstriebwagens unter Verwendung innovativer Antriebs-, Leit- und Nebenverbrauchstechnik in Verbindung mit einem anforderungsgerechten Energiemanagement zur Sicherstellung eines ökologisch und ökonomisch nachhaltigen Eisenbahnbetriebs in der Region
'EcoTrain' is a joint research project within the nationwide project "Förderprogramm Modellregionen Elektromobilität" with the participation of DB RegioNetz GmbH, Fraunhofer-Institut für Verkehrs- und Infrastruktursysteme, Technische Universität Dresden, and Technische Universität Chemnitz.
The project aims at the new and further development of hybrid technologies for railway vehicles. With innovative traction, control and auxiliary consumer technology and an energy management that meets the given requirements it particularly contributes to a resource-efficient and low-emission operation of diesel railcars.
The professorship of Management Accounting and Control is especially in charge of supporting and proving the achievement of the aspired levels of economic and ecological efficiency. Therefore, development concurrent and final assessments of the developed 'EcoTrain' are conducted. This task comprises the following key activities:
- analyzing the life cycle of (hybrid) railcars and developing appropriate description models
- developing concepts for the integrated economic and ecological assessment of (hybrid) railcars based on Life Cycle Costing (LCC) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
- performing integrated LCC-LCA studies to assess (hybrid) railcars
- deducing further optimization potentials to improve the sustainability of (hybrid) railcars
Consequently, a comprehensive instrument for the consistent assessment of economic and ecological impacts of (hybrid) railcars will be developed. This instrument also contributes to revealing trade-offs between both evaluation dimensions. Therefore, it helps to avoid shortcomings in planning and developing railway vehicles and to increase the competitiveness of hybrid technology in rail industry basing on solutions that are sustainable not only from an ecological point of view but also from an economic one.
Project homepage: http://www.elektromobilitaet-verbindet.de/projekte/ecotrain.html