Feasibility Study on E-highways on Funen

eHighway from Siemens © www.siemens.com/press. Used with permission from Siemens Press Picture Departement

Emilie Glud Viig, Julie Birkedal Svendsen and Martha Regitze Jørgensen

Bachelor Thesis – Energy Technology - 2017

The purpose of the project is to investigate whether an electrical eHighway to power heavy duty vehicles (HDV) across Funen would be feasible, compared to liquid bio natural gas (LBNG) and regular diesel fuel. Furthermore, it is determined which scenario is the best solution with
results and sensitivities both taken into consideration. The project uses eHighway technology developed by Siemens as the case. The project includes a technical description of the eHighway, an examination of the traffic across Funen and the charging methods, an economic analysis of the three scenarios and a discussion of the calculated results. From an examination of the traffic across Funen, an average total number of HDVs per day is found to be 5781. This number, which is used in a corporate economic analysis, shows that the price for the lifetime of an HDV will be 5.7 million DKK for eHighway, 6.4 million DKK for LBNG and for diesel 7.0 million DKK. 

Furthermore, a socioeconomic analysis is performed where it is found that the total accumulated value for the eHighway scenario is 6.87 billion DKK, the LBNG scenario is 11.9 billion DKK and for the diesel scenario, 12.3 billion DKK. Additionally, a sensitivity analysis is carried out to include any uncertainties due to assumptions and estimates regarding the future. Finally, an insight in other perspectives regarding the eHighway on Funen is included in the project. The project concludes that the eHighway is the most feasible solution for the assumed fuel prices, emission costs and the given number of HDVs to use the eHighway.

Collaboration partners:
Siemens AG
Vejdirektoratet (The Danish Road Directorate)
Energiplan Fyn
Biogas 2020
NGF Nature Energy A/S