Robust Power Load Balancing in Railway Networks

Robust Power Load Balancing in Railway Networks


This project is part of the German research initiave “E-Motion”, which aims at organizing mobility in motorized passenger and freight traffic in Germany more energy-efficient. Exemplarily, it considers the fields of air traffic and railway traffic. Mathematical analysis and optimization of fundamental planning steps deliver the tools to investigate the energy-efficiency of the two means of transport in order to recognize and to make full use of the potentials – within each means of transport as well as in their interconnection.

E-Motion adresses an optimized choice of flight routes to minimize fuel consumption and emissions in air traffic and an optimal energy management in railway traffic. For the latter, we enable a significant reduction of energy consumption and energy cost by an optimized routing and and optimized schedules. Furthermore, we investigate the optimal expansion of transfer capacities from road to rail.

The project Opens external link in new
window”Robust Power Load Balancing in Railway Networks” is conducted at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. It aims at the optimal adaption of a given train schedule to reduce peak power demands in the power supply stations of the railway network. This allows for a significant reduction of the necessary power reserve, which is responsable for a considerable part of the energy costs. Further it leads to stabilization of the electric power supply system.

People involved

Andreas Bärmann
Alexander Martin


For further details on this project, please contact Andreas Bärmann (Andreas.Baermann[at]

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Zuse Institut Berlin
HSU Hamburg
TU Braunschweig
TU Chemnitz
Fraunhofer SCS
Lufthansa Systems AG
Deutsche Bahn Mobility Logistics AG
Kombiverkehr GmbH & Co. KG

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg