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Completed research projects

Evaluation and planning of power grids

Funding: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi)
Duration: 01.04.2013 – 31.03.2016

The construction of extra-high voltage power grids is subject of a very emotional public debate. Therefore, an objective approach is becoming increasingly important in the planning process. Stakeholders from politics, administration and the public often criticize the insufficient comprehensibility of the planning of transmission system operators (TSOs). They demand that the transparency of methodological procedures for finding routes that are as spatially and environmentally compatible. This is where the BMWi-funded research project comes into play. The goal was to develop an automated and efficient method for identifying and evaluating suitable routes for extra-high voltage overhead lines.

The interdisciplinary project consortium, consisting of spatial planners, mathematicians and computer scientists, follows a transparent multi-criteria approach based on the Pareto optimization method. Through this novel approach, potential conflicts and interactions of route planning on the environment are efficiently identified and vividly demonstrated. The multi-criteria search algorithm takes relevant spatial planning, environmental, socio-economic, and technical concerns into account.

By changing the input parameters (e.g., protective distances to settlement areas), it is possible to clearly determine and understand the effects of individual concerns on the route and whether a project is feasible with regard to the changed conditions. This enables planners to identify and evaluate spatially and environmentally compatible routes. At the same time, the application of this method can meet the demand for increased traceability, transparency and acceptance of route planning. Therefore, a versatile use is also conceivable in participation and consideration processes.

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Location & approach

The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Cam­pus, while the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Cam­pus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Cam­pus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße is appropriate. If you turn from Baroper Straße into Au­gust-Schmidt Straße, you have the opportunity to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Cam­pus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Cam­pus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Cam­pus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Cam­pus is served by the Cam­pus Süd stop. 
A connection to Cam­pus North is also provided. Line 2 shuttles between Cam­pus North and Cam­pus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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