Electric Road Systems Conference 2019, May 7–8, 2019, Frankfurt

Paving the way to large-scale implementation

Electric Road Systems (ERS) comprise all technologies that enable an in-motion transfer of power to electric vehicles. ERS bear a large potential for decarbonizing heavy-duty freight transport. Stringent climate targets in many countries, but also rising urgency to reduce local air pollution call for a fast implementation of ERS.

ERS has recently taken the step from a visionary technology to first real-world applications (Sweden 2016 and 2018, California 2017, Germany January 2019), with further projects in planning (e.g., Italy, Sweden and China). Previous experiences and evaluations from demonstration projects are highly promising. Creating roadmaps for large-scale implementations is the next logical step and requires research in particular about potential business models, regulatory aspects, and integration into the energy system. Allowing all types of ERS technologies to mature through real-world applications remains on the agenda.

The third Electric Road Systems Conference provides opportunities for academics, policy makers and professionals interested in ERS to meet, exchange and contribute to an international discussion on the status-quo of ERS and its prospects. The conference also aims to bridge between research from various disciplines and practical experiences. For instance, the program includes site-visits to the nearby pilot site for catenary ERS on A5 (ELISA project).

The conference program has sessions for oral presentations as well as dialogue sessions for poster presentation of scientific contributions. These may cover results from research and development, experiences from pilot tests and investigation of implementation strategies. The following topics are particularly suitable for the conference:

  • ERS Technology
    • Assessment of possible vehicle configurations
    • System tests and evaluation of ERS technologies
    • Standardization process
    • Potential synergies with other drive systems and across vehicle types
  • Implementation and Upscaling of ERS
    • Experience from field tests: construction, operation, communication
    • User acceptance: expectations and barriers for technology adoption
    • Applications, business models and market potential
    • Scenarios, models and feasibility analysis for large-scale implementation
    • Roles and responsibilities within future ERS systems
    • International outlook on ERS development and strategies
  • Impacts of ERS
    • Environmental, societal & industrial impacts
    • Energy system integration
    • Embedding ERS in climate and traffic policy strategies

We invite researchers to submit proposals for presentations as extended abstracts of maximum 1,500 words. Please use the provided template for your abstract and follow the outline given there (summary, research question, methodology, results). Please also indicate who will give the oral presentation. Accepted contributions will be available to the audience of the conference if authors do not explicitly disagree.

Abstracts should be submitted as both word and PDF files to ers-conference@erneuerbar-mobil.de. Please use the provided template. The scientific committee of the conference will review all submitted abstracts before acceptance; important selection criteria are novelty, clarity and discussion of possible uncertainties. The scientific committee will also assign the contributions to the oral or dialogue sessions. The conference language is English. More information will be found at this website.

Registration is now open at https://ssl.vdivde-it.de/registration/2785.

Important dates

28th of February 2019 – Deadline for extended abstract submission

18th of March 2019 – Notification of acceptance

25th of March 2019 – Last day for early-bird registration

25th of April 2019 – Registration closes

7th/8th of May 2019 – Conference

The conference is organized on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

The venue this year is House of Logistics & Mobility, next to Frankfurt international airport.

More inforamation about suitable hotels will come shortly.

The first conference in June 2017 was held in Sandviken. Sweden was the first country in the world to demonstrate electric road systems for heavy duty trucks on the public road network. A visit to the two kilometre demonstration site on the E16 was the first point of the program when 80 experts and researchers from seven countries got together at Högbo Bruk outside Sandviken.

The international community is growing, which was evident at the second conference in June 2018   held in Stockholm Arlanda. The number of participants grew to 119 participants from 11 different countries, including India, Japan and the United States, besides a large crowd from Sweden and Germany. The number of presentations increased from 15 to 22.