Field Test eHighway Schleswig-Holstein (FESH)
Due to the large amount of emissions produced by heavy transport in Germany, climate friendly solutions are necessary to reduce the impact of transportation by truck. The Field Test eHighway Schleswig-Holstein (FESH) was initiated in Schleswig-Holstein in the north of Germany to determine whether energy supply through an overhead line system represents a viable solution for the future. The concept of electric roads for cargo transport is tested in moving traffic within the project.
Carried out until the end of 2022 FESH takes economic, ecological and psychological aspects into account as well as issues regarding traffic and energy. It was initiated by the government of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein and is scientifically supported by the Research and Development Center at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel, the Technical University of Dresden as well as the University of Heilbronn. FESH is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety as part of the Erneuerbar Mobil program.
How does the technology work? In order to power freight traffic five kilometers of overhead lines are installed in each of both directions along a section of the A1 motorway near Lübeck. The overhead lines are held up by masts standing next to the road. They are supplied with electrical energy by substations. The energy gained that way gets transported to specially equipped trucks: standard hybrid vehicles that have an additional pantograph that transfers the electricity to the trucks' electric motors and additionally charges the truck battery. When the truck is not connected to the overhead line system, it uses its regular hybrid drive.
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