Regensburg shared achievements during peer-to-peer workshop
Around 25 attendees from Regensburg, Germany and beyond attended the peer-to-peer workshop organised by Regensburg on 30 November 2021. The event, which took place digitally, featured information about the local progress of the MOMENTUM project in Regensburg, as well as presentations from the RECIPROCITY project and technical insights by speakers from the Technical University of Munich. Thus, the two hour-long event discussed topics, such as disruptive technologies, emerging mobility solutions, like Mobility as a Service, Connected Automated Vehicles, and new shared mobility services.
The online event was opened by Michael Strobel, project manager of the R-Tech GmbH, who also presented the RECIPROCITY. The EU-funded project aims to help transform European cities to be climate-resilient and connected multimodal nodes for smart and clean mobility. The connection between the two projects is the e-mobility-cluster of Regensburg, which is a consortium partner of RECIPROCITY.
The introductory presentation was followed by Florian Heitzer, Stadtwerke Regensburg GmbH (public utility company of Regensburg), who gave an insight into the smart mobility strategy of Regensburg. The framework of operation of the ‘Stadtwerke’ is rather wide, as it includes nearly all utilities for the city, including heating, shared mobility, maintenance of public locations, including the local football stadium and the swimming pools.
Heitzer emphasised several important achievements in the recent past, including a step-by-step approach towards the electrification of the city’s bus fleet. Furthermore, investments into the charging infrastructure put Regensburg at the forefront of cities between 100.000-500.000 inhabitants. Additional 200 charging points are planned in the framework of a new residential area. This shift towards e-mobility has been fostered by an increasing fleet of shared electric cars, a service that is being used by more than 2000 citizens.
The online event continued with a presentation of Professor Constantinos Antoniou from TU Munich, who provided an overview on the emerging mobility solutions and an introduction to the intermediate modelling approach. Following his presentation, Santhanakrishnan Narayanan, also from TU Munich, explained the intermediate modelling approach in detail, along with a brief on the individual steps newly added in the approach. Furthermore, Santhanakrishnan stressed the need for a new framework to estimate demand for small-scale car-sharing systems, like the one in the city of Regensburg. The university from the Bavarian capital supported Regensburg in their endeavours to deploy emerging mobility solutions across the city.
Last, but not least, Josep Maria Salanova Grau, CERTH presented the MOMENTUM decision-support-tool that was developed to support cities in the modeling of smart mobility solutions and can be accessed here.