LOSCH expands emission-free handling at Stuttgart airport
LOSCH Airport Service cooperates with Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH (FSG) in an innovation project scale-up aimed at an environmentally friendly aircraft handling thanks to electromobility. This joined field trial will answer important questions, amongst others about the technological maturity and the operating behaviour of electric devices, over the coming three years. Renowned Öko-Institut e.V., which supports the practical application with scientific advice, also joined the programme.
“Even today, our environmentally friendly drive technology in the apron areas of Stuttgart airport is considered exemplary throughout Germany. Thanks to scale-up, our company gets a good step closer to our target, to reach a completely emission-free handling process“, commented Marc Losch, the managing director of LOSCH Airport Service. Scale-up is promoted by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety (“BMUB”). Overall costs of this project amount to EUR 4.5 million, and the Federal Ministry promotes this project consortium with funding of EUR 1.94 million.
With LOSCH and FSG, two competitors have joined forces in order to bundle their knowledge and experience in terms of electromobility – this is unique in Germany. Scale-up should not remain an exotic one-off project, but rather serve as an example for this industry. LOSCH and FSG want to make all recommendations for actions and research results available to the public, which can, in this way, be transferred to other airports worldwide.
E-mobility from scratch
Electric motors are nothing new for LOSCH Airport Service. The company already started converting its own vehicle and equipment fleet a few years ago towards environmentally compatible propulsion technologies. So called aircraft tugs are, for instance, already electrically driven. “An electric device has completely different requirements than a petrol engine vehicle. Which battery is the better one? How do you make your employees aware of partially present high voltages? How do you integrate charging times into the cycle of take-offs and landings? In this area, we’ve gathered a lot of experience in recent years, and certainly also learnt the hard way sometimes,” says Max Losch, who as an engineer of the internal technological expert company LOSCH Airport Equipment GmbH, has essentially initiated and pushed forward this project. For Dr. Losch, the almost 80 year old inventor, this is an affair of the heart: “Our e-mobility expertise was learnt from scratch and does not follow any trend. And that makes it so valuable not least for our competitor and scale-up partner company FSG.” In connection with the scale-up project, LOSCH now also converts its conveyor belts for luggage, cargo and mail into electrically driven devices. Twelve devices will be newly purchased. The company expects purchase costs of 68,100 Euro per conveyor belt.
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