Work, Technology and Participation

Research campus Mobility2Grid

Description of the project

In May 2022, the second main phase of the research campus Mobility2Grid (M2G) started under the leadership of the TU Berlin with 36 institutions from science and industry. The focus of the second funding phase is the transfer of approaches to the energy and transport transition to other areas in Berlin. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the  - resear campus funding initiative – public-private partnerships for innovations. The core idea of the research campus is the integration of commercial and private electric road vehicles into decentralized energy networks. The urban district development must contribute to the realization of the energy and transport transition. The main goal is to make the supply of electricity, heat and transport affordable, safe and based on renewable energies with the help of new technical options and with the participation of civil society.

Information on the preliminary phase and the first funding phase can be found HERE.

Research focus of the 2nd funding phase (2022-2027)

The ArTe department is responsible for work package 8 "Knowledge transfer". The work package supports and examines the transfer of knowledge from the research campus to the transfer areas, (professional) public, vocational training and master's programs of the EUREF campus. In the context of the networked energy and transport transition, new technical knowledge and new findings from social science surveys are transmitted to the partners of the research campus. Knowledge and new findings from social science surveys are transmitted to the partners of the research campus. The requirements of the different actors in the transfer areas are considered as well as the possibility of integrating networked mobility and energy solutions into the areas themselves. Empirical studies are used to research how innovations should be transferred and adapted socio-spatially.

The transfer of knowledge from real laboratories, such as the EUREF campus, is about the dissemination of knowledge and results from application-oriented and trans disciplinary research. In this way, well-founded recommendations for action for socially acceptable, ecologically and economically transfer processes are to be developed, which promote efficient and networked systems. The adaptation of the innovations of the real laboratory on the EUREF campus to the requirements of the respective transfer areas and the participatory consideration of different target groups are considered relevant success criteria for the transfer to other areas. Against this background, the work package does not only accompany the transfer of knowledge, but also conveys recommendations for action to other areas and to their key players.

(Vocational) training is an additional and goal-oriented lever to achieve these goals in the long term. For climate-friendly urban mobility, people with the appropriate transdisciplinary, technical and practical skills will be needed in the future. The work package therefore considers the transfer of knowledge in educational formats. The task of the work package is to filter overarching findings from the research campus, to coordinate them with the relevant knowledge and business partners and to integrate them into university teaching and vocational training with formats and educational modules tailored to the target group. The gained content should also be transferred well-aimed to the education system, so that the content also reaches the specialists of tomorrow.

In addition, the department supports the participatory design of innovations and planning approaches of the research campus, because the transport and energy transition cannot work without taking different stakeholder interests into account. The involvement of citizens and users and the consideration of their recommendations in the innovation processes for the mobility and energy transition is a key requirement for a successful diffusion of innovation into society.

Martin Thomas Schlecht

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