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Scholl T.,The Mobility House | Scholl T.,University of Marburg | Brenner T.,University of Marburg
Regional Studies | Year: 2014

Scholl T. and Brenner T. Detecting spatial clustering using a firm-level Cluster Index. Regional Studies. A new statistical method is presented that detects industrial clusters at a firm level. The proposed method does not divide space into subunits, whereby it is not affected by the modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP). Hence, it is the first method to identify clusters without predetermined borders. The metric differs in both its calculation and its interpretation from existing distance-based metrics and shows three central properties that enable its meaningful use for cluster analysis. The method fulfils all five criteria for a test of localization proposed by Duranton and Overman in 2005. © 2014 Regional Studies Association Source

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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: REGIONS-2011-1 | Award Amount: 2.83M | Year: 2012

The project aims to create an open European platform of excellence in the area of supply chain management and logistics in connection with hubs and gateways. Its purpose is to enable research-driven regional clusters throughout Europe to collaborate and exchange experiences for increasing sustainability and competitiveness of logistical services and (intermodal) transport operations. The consortium consists of five clusters that represent essential areas of logistics (deep-sea hubs, airports, land-hubs and short-sea hubs). In the project the needs of the stakeholders will be analysed, a strategy for international cooperation will be elaborated, and adequate plans for joint action will be initiated and implemented. In addition, training activities will be carried out. The project will pursue its objectives especially through extensive dissemination and exploitation activities.

« New UMTRI paper reviews major advantages and disadvantages of battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles | Main | HELLA to begin production of Gen4 24GHz radar sensors in mid-2017 » Daimler AG, with its wholly owned subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE, and enercity (Stadtwerke Hannover AG) will begin construction of a new stationary energy storage system (ESS) this year; the facility also functions as a spare parts storage facility for electromotive battery systems. Around 3,000 new battery packs, destined for the current smart electric drive vehicle fleet, are being pooled to create the ESS at the enercity site in Herrenhausen. With a storage capacity totalling 15 MWh, the installation is one of the largest in Europe. After completion, the energy storage facility will be marketed on the German primary balancing energy market. The storage facility is already the third major project for Daimler AG in this business sector. Daimler launched the third-generation smart fortwo electric drive in 2012; the next generation of the electric city car is now at the ready. Automakers prepare for the eventuality of battery failure, and have suitable replacements available. Partners Daimler, ACCUMOTIVE and enercity are now forging a unique path in terms of the efficient use of these available, but hitherto unused, resources. Through the “living storage” of the replacement batteries, they are creating a business case that, in this form, can only be achieved together by an automotive manufacturer and a power supply company. By marketing the storage capacity on the German market for primary balancing power (PRL), the business model makes an important contribution to stabilization of the power grid and to the economic efficiency of electromobility. In the event of increasing fluctuations in electricity feed-in from renewable energies such as wind and solar energy, such storage facilities help to ensure optimum settling of a mains frequency that has to be kept constant. The ESS can balance the energy fluctuations with practically no losses—a task that is currently undertaken predominantly by fast-turning turbines at the fossil power plants. enercity is responsible for marketing the storage facility on the primary balancing power market. Battery health. The innovative storage concept has a further advantage, tha partners point out. To be usable in the event of being needed as a replacement in a vehicle, a battery requires regular cycling during its storage period—i.e. specific charging and discharging for the purpose of preservation. Otherwise it would suffer from deep discharging, which can lead to battery defects. In addition to the storage costs, the classic and potentially long-term storage of replacement batteries would therefore involve extremely high operating expenditure. The innovative approach adopted by the partners balancing power demand from the grid automatically ensures the required cycling of the batteries. Further, noted Madeleine Herdlitschka, from Daimler’s R&D Communications, Future Powertrain, the use case in stationary storage for grid balancing is completely different from the use case in a car—e.g., temperature, vibration. “If you use it ‘softly’”, she said, “you don’t have to fear losses.” The battery management system employed by Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE ensures that the batteries are always in optimum condition in terms of temperature and charge level so that they meet the high standards required in terms of quality and service life. Daimler’s stationary storage business. Daimler entered the stationary battery storage business in 2015 with its subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE and has been developing its activities in this sector since then. The company offers solutions for both industrial and private applications. Mercedes-Benz energy storage facilities for private households can be ordered now and will shortly be installed for customers in cooperation with selected sales partners such as energy service provider EnBW or SMA Solar Technology AG. Just a few weeks ago, Daimler held the ground-breaking ceremony for the world’s largest second-use battery storage facility in Lünen, Westphalia—a joint venture between partners Daimler AG, The Mobility House AG and GETEC. Further major projects are scheduled to start in 2016.

News Article | December 1, 2015
Site: http://cleantechnica.com

Renault recently ran a testing round of a new smart-charging system — by the name of The Mobility House — in Germany. The testing round involved 11 Renault ZOE owners (who were also employees of the French company) testing out the system at their places of residence in Germany. “The Mobility House” smart-charging system works by automating electric vehicle charging schedules so that they line up with the times when electricity costs are lowest (or simply, lower). Green Car Congress provides some more info on the news: Once plugged in to a special charge station at the ZOE owner’s home, the car communicates its electricity needs via a Renault Global Data Center to TMH (The Mobility House), which schedules vehicle charging on the basis of energy cost data. Electricity from the grid costs more during high demand periods and less when demand is low, so the system detects consumption peaks and stops charging until the cost falls. Fast charging then proceeds, at lower cost, until the car batteries are fully charged. This technology enables electric car owners to optimize their electricity expenses without the trouble of having to calculate peak and trough demand periods themselves. It marks the first stage in forthcoming development of “smart grids.” The two companies are reportedly working together on other means of reducing EV charging costs as well. Specifics have of course not been totally revealed yet, but one would presume that the means (technologies?) would be complementary to the above-discussed system. Image Credit: Zachary Shahan | EV Obsession | CleanTechnica    Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.”   Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10.   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.   James Ayre 's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

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