Today, 77% of Germans live in cities. According to a recent study by the World Bank, the percentage of urbanization in Germany is expected to reach 83% by 2030. Similar numbers can be expected all over Europe. Considering the steady increase in energy demand, an increasing share of urbanization puts additional stress on the grid, as the energy demand becomes more concentrated in urban environments. In order to achieve the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, while at the same time meeting our challenging energy demand, a sustainable energy carrier is required. Here, hydrogen offers a great opportunity to become an environmentally friendly, large scale energy carrier. However, the success of hydrogen depends on its availability. Therefore, the current political and industrial investment strongly focusses on the implementation of hydrogen infrastructures. Due to economic, political and social reasons, the implementation of a new energy infrastructure can only be achieved stepwise. Also, if the hydrogen supply is not met by a corresponding demand (eg. FCEVs), the business case of the infrastructure fails. Hence, it is important to set up an infrastructure along with an appropriate number of applications. The application we focus on are fuel cell cargo bikes for last mile transport. Cargo bikes cannot be filled at conventional hydrogen refilling stations. To meet the demand, we now develop an HRS specifically for micro applications. We further present our approach for the stepwise implementation of the corresponding infrastructure to ensure a high utilization.
Studied Construction Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), followed by a PhD in numerical simulation of detonations at the University of the Deutsche Bundeswehr.
Since 4 years, Professor for Economic Engineering at the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt. His teaching focus is on Mechanics and Innovation Methods.
Has been in the automotive industry for over 20 years. As CEO, he has been responsible for csi entwicklungstechnik GmbH Munich for the past 10 years. csi cherish innovative concepts and mobility solutions for the future.
Studied aerospace engineering at the Technical University of Munich (M,Sc. TUM). Since April 2019, he has been part of the NEW ENERGY team of csi entwicklungstechnik GmbH in Munich, focusing on alternative powertrains in general and hydrogen technology in particular. Promotional student at the Technical University of Chemnitz in Cooperation with the Technical University Ingolstadt. Prof. Dr. Ruppert is his scientific supervisor.
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