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Energies 2018, 11(2), 258; doi:10.3390/en11020258

Location Planning for Dynamic Wireless Charging Systems for Electric Airport Passenger Buses

Department of Production Management, Leibniz Universitat Hannover, 30167 Hannover, Germany
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 305-701 Daejeoen, Korea
Institute of Flight Guidance, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, 38118 Braunschweig, Germany
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Received: 13 December 2017 / Revised: 12 January 2018 / Accepted: 18 January 2018 / Published: 23 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Towards a Transformation to Sustainable Aviation Systems)
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The majority of the ground vehicles operating on the airside parts of commercial airports are currently powered by diesel engines. These include vehicles such as apron buses, fuel trucks, and aircraft tractors. Hence, these vehicles contribute to the overall CO 2 emissions of the aviation transport system and thus negatively influence its environmental footprint. To reduce this damaging environmental impact, these vehicles could potentially be electrified with on-board batteries as their energy sources. However, the conductive charging of such vehicles via stationary cable connections is rather time-consuming. A dynamic wireless charging system to supply public transportation passenger buses with electric energy while in motion has recently been installed on the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) campus and in the Korean city of Gumi. In this paper, we study configuration problems related to the use of this technology to make airport operations more environmentally sustainable. We concentrate on the power supply for apron buses and analyze the location planning problems related to the distribution of the required power supply and the wireless charging units in the apron road system. To this end, we develop a formal optimization model and discuss the first numerical results. View Full-Text
Keywords: inductive dynamic charging; airport infrastructure planning; apron buses; electric buses inductive dynamic charging; airport infrastructure planning; apron buses; electric buses

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Helber, S.; Broihan, J.; Jang, Y.J.; Hecker, P.; Feuerle, T. Location Planning for Dynamic Wireless Charging Systems for Electric Airport Passenger Buses. Energies 2018, 11, 258.

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